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Name: Bobby Mocharla
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Speciality: Internal Medicine
Place of Practice: New York University, New York, NY
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I have wanted to be a doctor my whole life. I grew up with two younger brothers and I think a lot of my desire to become a doctor came from helping to take care and look out for my brothers when they were kids. I find that the main role of a doctor is very similar. The most important thing for me is to take care and look out for my patients. Sometimes this involves their health, but oftentimes it involves emotional support and just being someone to talk to. After growing up with two younger brothers, I found it a natural extension to want to be a doctor. I also liked the fact that medicine combined so many areas of knowledge and expertise into one field. For very complex cases, a doctor is almost like a detective. It can take hours and weeks of researching a disease or set of symptoms to come to a diagnosis. At times I feel like I'm a detective on the case, but maybe that is just all the hours spent reading Sherlock Holmes and watching Law and Order talking.
What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?
I make it a point to make every patient laugh at least once during any appointment. It's best when at the beginning because it will lighten the mood for the rest of the meeting and people feel much more comfortable and open. If I have time, I'll try and look up how to say hello in their native language. This always surprises them!
What are your 5 tips for living longer?
- Read a book before you go to bed, even if only a few pages a night. It can be anything from Fifty Shades of Grey to a JFK biography; it will help you decompress from the day and get your mind off your daily stressors.
- Keep that refrigerator full! Preferably with healthy food. It will prevent you from ordering out, and you'll eat more fresh food rather than processed food.
- You'll never regret going to the gym. Always remember that when you're wavering.
- Space out at least once a day. I was once told that the first thing to do whenever you find yourself in an emergency situation is to check your own pulse. Remind yourself that you are ok. The same applies to daily stressors. Remind yourself that you're doing the best you can. Take time each day to think about this, or think about nothing at all. Your brain will appreciate it.
- Make your bed every day. Studies have shown that a clustered room is a stressful room.