Personal Narrative: An Interview With A Cardiologist

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Interviewer: Okay, it 's recording. Today is December 31, 2015 and I am interviewing Dr. Ben Hudson who is a Cardiology Fellow at Good Samaritan Hospital. So, how long have you worked here?

Dr. Hudson: I have worked here in one way or another since 2007. I came as a student, and then I was an internal medicine resident, a chief resident, and then a fellow, so, for the last eight years.

Interviewer: What is your job title and what does it mean to be a fellow compared to –

Dr. Hudson: I’m still in the training process so, to become an attending cardiologist, which is essentially a full fledge cardiologist, you have to complete medical school, internal medicine residency, you have to complete some specialty training that they call a fellowship in cardiology. It is essentially
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Interviewer: Okay and so, do they have an online patient portal that they can use?

Dr. Hudson: There is, I have never logged in myself. I am not sure exactly how much of what I write that they see there, to be honest with you. I know they have access to some of their labs and what not and their studies come up there.

Interviewer: But, you are not sure if the doctor 's notes are in there.

Dr. Hudson: I don’t think that the doctor 's notes are actually in there. I think that they would still have to request those through medical records. I am not sure if the instruction that I write, because those are somewhere else in the electronic medical record. It seems like that would be a good idea though.

Interviewer: Yeah.

Dr. Hudson: It might.

Interviewer: It might. It depends because if the caregivers are the ones who are going online then it might be good, but if it’s that 80 year old who doesn’t know how to use the computer very well, it might not be very helpful.
Dr. Hudson: Right and that is a lot of the problems. I see a lot of people who are elderly and are not computer literate. I also see a fair amount if indigent people who probably don’t have access to even using a

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