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It wasn’t until he stepped into a stamp store in Geneva in his teens that Dr. Moeser hit upon a focus for his hobby: Swiss stamps. “I thought it would just be a regular stamp store, but it had incredibly rare items, including one of the first stamps ever for Switzerland,” he explains, referring to the Double Geneva stamp issued in 1843 that could be used as a 10-cent stamp or cut in half and used as two five-cent stamps.
“The person working there was so passionate,” he continues. “I realized stamps are rare and need experts. I ended up giving up worldwide philately to concentrate on one country, so I collect Swiss stamps from before 1900.”
As an adult, Dr. Moeser has channeled his passion for study into not only stamps, but also medicine. “It’s all about study—wanting to learn more about a disease … and take it further,” he says. “That fits my personality.”
Choosing rheumatology as a specialty also spoke to his personal motivation to heal others. “[In] so many professions, it’s hard to find a solution, but I realized that with this one, many times, you can,” says Dr. Moeser, who has practiced rheumatology for 25 years. “When people come to see an internist, it could be for a checkup, but when they come to see us, it’s mostly because they need help with a problem. I like to help alleviate suffering.”
Dr. Moeser also makes time during his workday at Arthritis Specialists in St. Peters, Mo., to study rheumatology, often coming into the office two hours before his first patient appointment at 8:30 a.m. to read the latest information about a disease—something as common as rheumatoid arthritis or as rare as Behçet’s syndrome.
“I want to read [about] what’s new with the disease, what’s going on with treatment, what its diagnostic considerations are, [and about] new medications, new tests. It’s important to make that studying commitment. [Rheumatology] should be more than just reading a book and passing boards, but … knowing the latest and greatest for the patient.”