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eParisExtra.com is beginning a series of interviews with local PRMC physicians, allowing our readers a more personal glimpse into the lives of those committed to the health of our community. The first in this set of interviews is Dr. Amanda Green.
Dr. Amanda Green, MD, FACP has been with PRMC for 5 years and in the department of Hospitalist Service/Internal Medicine. She received her Undergraduate training at Texas A& M University (B.S. Genetics) and attended the Baylor College of Medicine and completed her Internship/Residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Green is a member of the PRMC Medical Executive committee, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and has received the Haskel Schiff Award for Excellence as a Clinician from Duke University.
An Interview with Dr. Amanda Green:
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Fairfield, Texas.
What or who influenced you to become a physician? I really could have been happy in lots of different fields. I thought I would enjoy many aspects of medicine, so took the MCAT, applied to medical school, and the rest is history! Dr. Keller, our family doctor in Fairfield, was the best inspiration. He took care of my grandparents, my father as a child, then me. He was kind, calm, and always knew what to do.
What is the most rewarding aspect about working in health care? Always, it is the patients – the people that allow you to get to know them at one of the worst times in their lives. Lately, I have also found it rewarding to work on the challenges of providing the best care for people in the face of constantly changing rules imposed by insurance companies and the government.
What is one of your hobbies? Reading is my favorite when I have time.
What’s your favorite food? My kids would say amaretto fudge, so I’ll agree with that. I like lots of foods.
Do you have any pets? We have a 5 year old golden retriever named Sweetie Cassie.
What is your favorite book or movie? The Fountainhead or A Wrinkle in Time have been my favorite books for a long time, and are my standard answers to “what is your favorite book?” I think that the book I find most helpful to me, though, is Bridges Out of Poverty. I reference it in my head all the time.
What is a random fact about you? I love to play Just Dance on the Wii with my family and friends.
What is your favorite quote(s)?
“Man’s greatest liberation is the realization that he has the ability to choose his attitude and reaction to any set of circumstances” – Marcus Aurelius
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose” – Helen Keller (1880-1968)
What do you wish people knew about healthcare? I used to tell my VA patients “the squeaky wheel gets the greasing”. There are so many levels where information can be unintentionally misplaced. It is necessary to advocate for yourself – call and check on your labs; ask if you don’t understand; check on if the referral was made. It is not a bother and it is appreciated – be an active part of your health care!