She was doing a rotation with a family practice doctor whose wife had rheumatoid arthritis (RA). At that time, the doctor’s wife worked at his office. Dr. Fakoya says the wife’s story “blew my mind.” Years earlier the woman had to be carried to the bathroom. She was badly incapacitated by her disease. Then the modern RA drugs came along.
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Dr. Fakoya was so taken with the dramatic change in the other woman’s life, suddenly rheumatology looked attractive. “It is so gratifying what you can do nowadays with medications,” she says. Add to that, there is a huge demand for rheumatologists in her area of the country, and you have a combination that makes for a rewarding practice.
‘It is so gratifying what you can do nowadays with medications.’ —Dr. Fakoya
Ann-Marie Lindstrom is an independent writer and editor based in the Tucson, Ariz., area.