Hi, I’m Dr. Dennis Eberz. I’m a practicing Cardiologist at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Actually, I’ve been at Mercy since 1978!
Initially, when I wanted to become a doctor it was about 5th grade. I used to go with my family to the doctors office. I was very impressed by the compassion, and just the overall good feeling you had when you went to the doctor, despite some of the bad things.
Cardiology was something I really enjoyed because it was very dynamic – there was always something going on, I always used to say that your patients change in one heartbeat.
It was plenty of work. I mean, college was one thing, but in medical school there were no summer vacations, except one month freshman year, and you work year round. The first two years were more studying academics, we did a little bit of clinical, and the last two years were all clinical: different subjects… I took cardiology twice.
Every morning I get up – usually about 4-4:30, I take the dog out for a walk, get coffee, and get to work about 6 o’clock. Make rounds, start seeing patients in the hospital. We have a meeting about 7:30AM everyday where we talk about all the patients on our service.
And then usually till lunchtime, we go over to the office for office hours. One of the craziest nights at work was when a fella came into our office, and had a heart attack! He collapsed on the floor, and one of our secretaries was so scared she just kept typing away and didn’t call for help. Well, she was scared to death. But yeah, that was kind of wild.
I have a couple favorite parts of my job; working with my peers and other doctors, learning from them, and meeting lots of patients of all different types.Sometimes my least favorite part has to do with fighting with insurance companies. The insurance companies will tell us we can’t use drug A or B because it costs too much so we have to give the drug we perhaps wouldn’t have given to that patient to keep expenses down.
Well, my two favorite shows, medical wise, were ER and St. Elsewhere. I’d say early on ER was very accurate, there weren’t any backward EKG’s or upside down X-ray’s. They were all pretty with it. Yeah, we often listened. One of the old shows, Marcus Welby, they would always put the X-ray’s up backwards. We all noticed – that was in med school.
Well I think this a worth-while field in a lot of ways – academically, also taking care of people, making people better, and doing a genuine attempt to help people out.
You just have to stick with it. Days are long, and sometimes discouraging when things don’t go right, but just hang in there!
**Special thank you to my Dad – Dr. Dennis Eberz. I love you!**