Inspiring the Next Generation
We sit down with Michael Prystowsky, Professor of Pathology, Montefiore Medical Centre, NY, USA.
Michael Prystowsky |
Why did you choose pathology?
Both of my parents were physicians in community practice. They had a strong commitment to helping people; their ability to do good and the respect and appreciation from their patients made medicine an appealing career. I have four brothers; four of the five of us are physicians!
My studies provided research and teaching opportunities, and I enjoyed both. I felt very privileged to be funded to do research. While my focus remained getting into medical school, I was always thinking about how I could combine research with the practice of medicine. My research projects provided me with a solid grounding in protein chemistry and gene expression, giving me a perspective of science from a very physical chemical, to a genetic, to a biological perspective. In my fourth year of medical school I initiated my second postdoctoral training with Frank Fitch in the department of pathology at the University of Chicago, studying the lymphokines secreted by cloned T lymphocytes. The research was a fantastic experience, but I enjoyed seeing patients and understood how rewarding a clinical career could be.
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