As an OB/GYN at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Amy Depuy, MD, has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her department.
She is credited with being an electronic medical records champion during a recent implementation. It was also noted that she led an effort to implement a pathway for maternity care in the ambulatory setting to standardize testing and antenatal education across 10 offices and a division of more than 30 physicians.
Dr. Depuy was one of PAMED's Top Physicians Under 40 in 2017. PAMED recently caught up with Dr. Depuy for this Q&A:
Q: Why did you become a physician?
A: I knew I wanted to do something that involved science or math as I always loved to solve problems. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a freshman in high school, so I turned to medical textbooks to learn as much as I could.
I found that I really enjoyed studying medicine and felt that I could solve problems as well as help people and their families through difficult times by being a physician. I specifically chose OBGYN because I am able to personally connect with patients over the continuum of their lives. There is no greater honor than to take care of a family as they welcome a new baby.
Q: What inspires you in your practice?
A: I am inspired by multiple things that I encounter throughout my typical day. I am most inspired by the patients we care for, especially the patients that have been faced with many challenges and adversity, but still remain so positive and are so grateful for the care and support we are providing them, even if we cannot change their outcome.
I am also inspired by the many wonderful office staff and caring nurses that I personally work with in the inpatient as well as the outpatient setting. The staff makes an effort to go the extra-mile for the patients as well as for co-workers, even when we are short-staffed.
Lastly, I am inspired by my fellow physicians and APCs that continue to do their best to care for patients under all circumstances and challenges.
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Q: What are the biggest challenges of being a young physician?
A: My biggest personal challenge has been trying to figure out how I would like to shape my career and how I see my future in medicine. I am extremely lucky to work in a hospital system and department that supports and allows me to incorporate medical informatics as well as process/performance improvement into my role as a physician and leader.
When I went to medical school, I would not have foreseen myself being in my current physician role as many doors have opened up to me over the last several years. As young physicians, there are so many things that we don't know are available to us upon graduation from medical school.
I learned that keeping your eyes open to these opportunities is sometimes one of the biggest challenges as physicians tend to be long-term planners.
Q: What do you do to achieve work/life balance?
A: I make sure I set aside some time every week to do something that I enjoy. I have spent a considerable amount of time taking voice, flute and piano lessons while growing up and through college, so I try to use music to help me de-stress.
I also attempt to use my personal time off wisely by traveling to my favorite places, Disney World and the beach with my family.