Featured Clinician: Pankaj Malhotra, MD

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Featured Clinician: Pankaj Malhotra, MD

The heart and soul of our practice are our clinicians. Meet Pankaj Malhotra, MD, regional medical director of the hospital medicine program at Doctors Hospital of Manteca in Manteca, Calif.

Years with EmCare: 3 years.

Years practicing medicine: 13 years.

Why did you decide to become a doctor? Believe it or not, to help people.

Why did you choose your specialty? I chose hospital medicine because it's the best way to practice pure medicine and most satisfying in terms of helping patients.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? I wanted to be a design engineer.

Describe one of your greatest professional accomplishments. I’m too humble to describe it.

What is in the pockets of your lab coat? Schedules and physician roster for my sites, car keys, phone.

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”? Common Sense

How do you stay organized at work? I take a lot of notes.

What are your tips for “leaving work at work” and not getting burned out professionally? I treat work as a hobby, not a chore.

How are you Making Healthcare Work Better®? I focus on one patient at a time, keep learning and always involve patients in the decisions.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? “The glass can be even a quarter full.”

What do you enjoy outside of work? Travelling and family time.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? Men and steel are alike. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.

What qualities make a successful doctor? Listening to patients, listening to the parents, listening to the nurses and keeping an open mind.

How would your co-workers describe you? I will let my co-workers answer that question!

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or historical, who would you choose and why? Chanakya, who was a 4th century teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor in India.

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? Rome.

What are you currently reading? Jeppesen Private Pilot Manual

What’s your favorite TV show? Malcolm in the Middle

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? I will let them remain personal.

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