Dr. Lyde (Diabetes specialist) By: Skye Carroll
What training did you need in order to be successful?
In order to be successful he said that "time is key." It also takes a lot of studying and you have to be willing to give up certain things in order to maintain focus on your goals. He said that "you have to be thinking at least 10 years ahead."
How long have you been an Internal Medicine specializing in diabetes? / Do you see ourself continuing this career ten years from now?
--He has been an internal medicine doctor for about 30 years but has been specializing in diabetes for only 7 years.
--In ten years from now he does not see himself working here because he is "getting kind of old"
How did you first get involved with this career?
During high school he worked as a volunteer in a hospital. Also, when he was in college Dr. Lyde worked as a clerk in a hematology lab. He said that he did not actually take the blood but he did the paper work which helped him with his job now.
Are there opportunities for advancement?
Yes, especially since he is specialized.
Can you get tuition reimbursement?
He said that he didn't know if still could but it used to be where you could get tuition if you were in an undeserved area. Also, if you go into the military you can get reimbursement that way.
What is the most interesting project you have ever been involved with?
He said that the most interesting project he had ever been a part of was probably helping to open the clinic that he is a part of now.
Describe a typical day in your career?
He described a typical day in his career as waking up, coming to the clinic, seeing multiple patients, charting, and having meetings.
How much vacation time do you get a year?
Only 3 weeks.