July Member Spotlight | SYEACHIA DENNIS, MD
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- Member Status: (Active, Resident, Student)
- Where are you currently working or attending school?
- OU-TU School of Community Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
- How long have you been within the OAFP community?
- Since I moved to Tulsa in 2009
- Why did you choose family medicine?
- I wanted to practice the full scope of medicine: children, elderly, pregnant women. Family medicine was the only specialty that offered that type of practice.
- What has been the most fulfilling moment of your career or education?
- The most fulfilling moment in my education was graduating from medical school. I was the first doctor in my family and I had so many family members drive to Chicago to be there and celebrate. It was an amazing day for all of us.
- What has been the most challenging aspect of your practice or education?
- The most challenging part of my practice is trying to impart what I know to learners. Every person has a different learning style so you can’t teach the same way to every student or resident. That has taken time for me to understand.
- What is your work life balance like & how do you achieve it?
- Prior to COVID19, we took a lot of vacations! Now I try to spend time in my yard, learning to garden and just relax in the space.
- Who is your biggest role model?
- My Father was a big role model for me growing up. He always stressed the importance to learning and being engaged in your family and community.
- What is your favorite quote?
- “You are your best thing” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
- What do you like to do when you’re not working?
- I like to listen to music, spend time with friends and family at great restaurants in Tulsa.
- Any advice for residents and students finishing their training or education
- God willing , you will have a very long career in medicine. Don’t look at any one thing as the end of it all. It’s just the beginning. There are so many ways to re-invent yourself in medicine, if you find a roadblock, just go in a new direction. Don’t stress, keep perspective on the long game.