Over the last several years, my career trajectory changed. I started out as a clinical investigator, but now, more of my time is spent disseminating knowledge, either to local trainees in my role as program director for the division of rheumatology, or to my colleagues and peers at conferences. I’m the editor of the Oxford American Handbook of Rheumatology so I have some experience with professional publishing. Taking on the role of physician editor for The Rheumatologist seems like a natural extension of my career path and would allow me to function as a teacher for an even broader audience.
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TR: What do you hope to accomplish with the magazine?
Dr. Seo: The Rheumatologist is a great resource. I think it’s underappreciated. I have a specialty in vasculitis so hopefully there will be more articles about that. I’m a clinician by training and am trying to pick associate editors who have specialties in complementary fields so that we make sure everyone gets heard.
The increased demand for rheumatologists by an aging population is the most compelling issue facing our specialty. There are multiple facets to this problem, including inadequate exposure to trainees and inadequate reimbursement for the non-procedure-oriented subspecialties, both of which discourage medical students and house staff from rheumatology as a field. All of this comes down to a lack of understanding—among both trainees and lawmakers. The Rheumatologist could be at the vanguard of both issues, conveying the excitement of the field to trainees who have not yet committed to a specialty, while educating colleagues regarding the legislative issues that should receive our attention and will affect our ability to deliver quality healthcare.
TR: With such a grueling work schedule, how do you relax or have fun?
Dr. Seo: I tend to do a lot of traveling [giving lectures] so that’s my hobby. I went to the Chilean Society of Rheumatology meeting, was in New Orleans, Seattle, Canada and Puerto Rico before the hurricane. Basically, I just hang out with family and friends for fun. I just came back from a big family trip to Korea and have close ties with my 16-year-old niece, Avery, and 13-year-old nephew, Jackson.
TR: How do you envision the magazine evolving over the next several years?
Dr. Seo: The Rheumatologist has the ability to shape the field . . . consciously selecting issues and advances to highlight for its readership [and] shedding light on topics that otherwise might be ignored.