“This Month's New Member Spotlight Is Shining On...”

Robin Schwartz, MD
Robin Schwartz, MD

Please welcome new SMA member Robin H. Schwartz, MD!  Dr. Schwartz attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.  Dr. Schwartz has been in private practice for 22 years and is currently the Medical Director at Touro Infirmary’s Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Schwartz recently participated in SMA’s new member spotlight feature and here is what she had to say:

1.     What do you enjoy most about being involved in the medical profession?  Are there any changes or significant events in your practice/field you would like to share?

I enjoy interacting with my professional colleagues, and appreciate the opportunity to meet new patients every day.  The profession of medicine is rapidly changing, and I feel that we will need physicians with business and administrative knowledge in addition to the traditional skills of medicine in the future.  While the full impact of healthcare reform is not evident, the increased focus on quality measures becomes more important day by day.

2.     Is there something “fun” about yourself you would like SMA members to know?

Snow skiing and boating are my favorite hobbies.

3.     Tell us about your family.

My husband, Chris, is a family physician.  We were in the same class in medical school, and recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  We are the parents of two daughters, Anna, 18, will be a freshman at the University of Alabama, and Claire, 15, will be a sophomore in high school.

4.     What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to read for pleasure and I enjoy traveling.

5.     Why did you become a member of SMA?  What changes or additions would you like to see in the future in regard to services offered by SMA?  Are their topics you would like to see in the Pulse, our newsletter?

The SMA partners with the Auburn University PEMBA program to study health care abroad.  As a member of the class of 2014, I have had the opportunity to interact with SMA physician members and administrative staff, leading me to seek membership. I would like to see additional SMA sponsored trips with CME options. I hope the SMA Pulse will report on the recent European trip jointly sponsored by Auburn and SMA and specifically the interesting physician insight the German and Danish physicians provided.

Editor’s Note: Both the SMA Pulse and the Southern Medical Journal will feature information and highlights from the recent Comparative Healthcare Systems conference in Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany.

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