EvidenceCare prides itself on working with the names you know in healthcare to bring you the best and most current content we possibly can. However, we know face-to-face time with these experts would be more ideal. While we can’t get you a dinner-and-a-movie evening with the biggest names in medicine, we can give you a virtual coffee date. We interviewed our authors about the important things, like how they take their coffee and why they went into medicine in the first place. Always wanted to pick an expert’s brain? Well now you can.
This week we’re getting coffee with Dr. Stephen Huff, associate professor of emergency medicine and neurology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and author of our seizure protocols.
Q & A with Dr. Huff
Q: How do you take your coffee?
A: I’m a tea drinker. I drink all kinds. Right now I’m drinking a nice vanilla caramel tea.
Q: Why did you choose to practice medicine?
A: I’ve always been interested in sciences and biology, and I enjoy being able to apply that knowledge to help people. In emergency medicine specifically, I like the skill set required to handle the appropriate use of resources and technology.
Q: How did you become interested in seizures?
A: I’ve really always been interested in seizures. My background is in neurology, and in emergency medicine I get to see difficult cultured seizures like epilepsy. Seizures have been known as the “sacred disease”, and there’s something to that. The more I read about them, the more interested I become.
Q: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
A: Raising a family while having a great career. Emergency medicine was new at the University of Virginia when I was brought on in 1995, and I’m glad to be a part of that founding faculty.
Q: How do you relax when you’re not working?
A: I’m a music guy. I do a show on our college community station. I also like listening to all kinds of live music, especially jazz and improvisational.
Q: Farthest place you’ve traveled?
Q: What’s next on your bucket list?
A: To do a residency overseas – probably in Amsterdam, my favorite place to travel.
Q: What’s your favorite meal?
A: A good steak
Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in medicine?
A: That’s a good question. I’d be a teacher – most likely in science.
Q: What do you think is one (or some) of the major problems in healthcare today?
A: A combination of access to primary care, optimal use of emergency departments by other healthcare providers, and a lack of healthcare insurance and resources
Q: How has your experience been as an author for EvidenceCare?
A: It’s been a great experience trying to develop the ideal interface for a busy provider at the bedside. The team at EvidenceCare has been a good crew to work with. Everyone’s very open to suggestions and feedback.
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