National Doctors Day: A Day in the life of a doctor at Sidney Regional Medical Center
SIDNEY – From delivering babies to taking care of pediatric patients, Dr. Sara Sholar dedicates a lot of time bouncing around Sidney Regional Medical Center.
“There’s a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff we have to do versus just seeing you in the clinic,” Sholar said. “It definitely doesn’t end there. There are notes to do, prescriptions to refill there’s these silly insurance companies that don’t like the things we send them.”
Sholar is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She got her undergraduate degree at Methodist University in 2009 and graduated medical school from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015.
March 30 is National Doctors Day, a day to honor the professionals for their dedication and contributions to society and the community.
“It’s not a true 9-5 job,” Sholar said. “When I leave here, it’s still in my head. I’m still getting phone calls or doing refills. We’re still thinking about that one patient that I’m not 100-percent sure what’s going on. Or I’m doing my own independent research at home seeing if there’s any new treatments I can be providing my patients with.”
The toughest part of the job, according to Sholar, is worrying about her sicker patients.
“If you’re a sicker patient, we’re constantly thinking about you 24/7,” Sholar said. “Our visit doesn’t end as soon as you walk out the door.”
Sholar strives to keep learning and constantly conducts research to stay ahead in the medical field.
“You have to be a life-long learner,” Sholar said. “You have to stay up-to-date on evidence and constantly reading, or you’ll get behind really quickly on the new things in medicine.”
Despite the challenges, there’s always a time when people come to the hospital for a happy reason. Sholar says getting to deliver babies makes her job worth it.
“I could be there for two days straight, super tired and have a 2 a.m. delivery,” Sholar said. “Just that rush you get after that confirms every single time why I continue to do it.”
One to ten babies are born at SRMC per month.
“Anytime you get to bring a new life into the world, that’s just a different side to medicine,” Sholar said. “That's 100 percent why I decided to do that extra training. Just the joy of seeing the family, mom and dad throughout the pregnancy. Or even that couple who have tried for forever to get pregnant and then finally it happens. You get to hand them their baby, that’s one of the best feelings in the world.”