Every month, we feature a provider as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the great people on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month, we had the chance to talk with Puja Sheth, M.D., OB/GYN with the Little Company of Mary Medical Group. Read on to get to know Dr. Sheth:
Halsted Medical Center
736 West 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Mary Potter Pavilion
2850 West 95th Street, Suite 203
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Why did you decide to become a physician?
- Prior to medical school, I spent a year working on clinical research with women with Turners’ syndrome at the National Institute of Health (NIG) and fell in love with the complexity of medicine. I loved interacting with these women and discussing with them how their diagnoses affected their personal and social lives and what their expectations were for their future. I developed a true passion for women’s health and knew I had to pursue a career in medicine.
How did you choose your specialty?
- I love the versatility of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Being able to see patients in a clinic setting but also being able to deliver babies and perform surgeries was a refreshing aspect that I couldn’t tire of. I love the ability to have continuity with my patients, following them from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Being passionate about women’s health was a huge part of why I picked this field. Furthermore, sometimes women are overlooked as they are often busy being caretakers for their families and I wanted to be able to show them the importance of their own personal well -being.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician?
- I love being able to impact the lives of others in little ways, such as helping to answer those awkward questions about sexual health or teach women simple ways in which to improve their health. Every small change can contribute to an overall large improvement in a patient’s well-being and I love being able to see that change over time. I also really value the relationships that I am able to form with my patients – I feel that, over time, this bond will only strengthen the healthcare that I can provide.
What is your philosophy of care?
- I spent some time in both Brazil and Tanzania volunteering at local health clinics and came to appreciate how physicians could positively impact the lives of patients in such simple ways. Having compassion and empathy were cornerstones of care in these small clinics and I wanted to bring those same qualities to the care that I provide in my clinics. I want to provide the most comprehensive care for my patients by incorporating a patient’s culture, traditions and social/personal situations into their care plan. I also want to make patients’ healthcare more of an integrative process where the patient has an active role in achieving their health goals.
What is the number one advice / tip you give your patients for healthy living?
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you think something does not feel right. My area of interest is in the field of sexual health and I think that it is a topic that most patients don’t feel comfortable discussing openly. I think the first step is getting past asking those awkward questions that no one wants to talk about to determine what the underlying issue is. After that, we can work together to figure out the best solution. Remember, you are never alone in this process!
As a new physician at Little Company of Mary Hospital, what have you noticed is the best thing Little Company of Mary has to offer patients?
- Little Company of Mary is an amazing Catholic community hospital that strives to provide the best resources to help individualize care as much as possible for our patients. It is a patient-centered community hospital that really cares about the outcomes of their patients. In addition, the Family Birth Center is unique in that the birth of each new life is celebrated by playing a Braham’s Lullaby throughout the hospital. Furthermore, the OB/GYN team truly treats each patient like family, whether you come in for a delivery, have surgery or are being seen in clinic.
If you hadn’t become a physician, what would you be doing?
- I would love to be a world traveler with a travel blog or TV show. I think it’s important for others to experience different cultures and traditions. I would want this show to teach others how to keep an open mind and respect individual differences.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
- I enjoy traveling with my husband and trying different adventures like paddle boarding or scuba diving. I love to read mystery and historical fiction novels. I also love watching Michigan football games (Go Blue!). I moved to Chicago in 2013 from Detroit and still love exploring all the different neighborhoods and being a foodie with my family and friends.
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