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Q&A with Dhrumil Patel, MD

Name: Dhrumil Patel, MD
Broadlawns Medical Center and UnityPoint Health

Where you work:
I am current Pgy3, Psychiatry Resident at Broadlawns Medical Center and UnityPoint Health Des Moines. I provide outpatient services at both locations and cover inpatient on weekends. I am also moonlighting in the area.
Typical day in your shoes: 
My typical day starts at one of the locations in the morning with outpatient clinic; different clinic on different days of the week-Adult psychopharm, tele psychiatry, addiction clinic, outpatient peripartum clinic, so on and so forth. Two days a week I do outpatient CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy, in the afternoon. There are some days when I have a pretty smooth clinic and some days are challenging and complicated, requiring an interactive team approach.
What inspired you to pursue psychiatry?
Stigma of mental health care and poor resources to tackle the issue. It all started with spending more time with patients on a medical floor during my 3rd and 4th year of medical school. 
What is your favorite part of your job?
Creating an impact in patients’ lives with combination of Medication and supportive therapy. 
Who has inspired you?
I am inspired every day by the people I work with and meet, who come from various paths in life and whatever positive impact I am able to create in their lives. 
How do you spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time with my wife and two boys, doing outdoor activities like gardening, hiking, biking, meeting resident colleagues and watching real life stories/ documentaries. I also enjoy cooking, especially now as my 3.5 year old wants to be involved in preparing meals.

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