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What’s your hobby and how does it help you give better patient care?

The Anger of Achilles is Jacques-Louis David's painting of the moment Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, has just revealed to the youthful Achilles that his daughter Iphigenia is not to be married to him but sacrificed in order to appease the goddess Diana. Iphigenia’s mother, Clytemnestra, looks on tearfully, Achilles angrily reaches for his sword.


Art, language, and music help us all feel more connected to ourselves, patients, and colleagues.

Passion in the Medical Profession | October 12, 2018 | <1 min read


Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Learning languages! I didn’t learn English until later in childhood, so I learned firsthand about the power of communication. I’m only fluent in a few dialects, but I try and learn several phrases in all the languages my patients speak.

Being able to say “good morning” to patients in their own language is always met with smiles and an immediate initiation of trust building that is important to the patient-doctor relationship.

Currently, I can say simple greetings in Arabic, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Nepalese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish!

Rachel Salas, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I’m passionate about my city’s environment and enjoy local clean up events with my sons. Last month we did one in Highlandtown, Baltimore.

I’m trying to do the events more regularly. In the meantime, I’m learning more about recycling and doing mini clean ups around my street.


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Margaret Chisolm, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I enjoy visiting art museums and viewing works of art in person.


Like reading great works of literature, looking at fine art helps me explore BIG questions like what it means to be human and to lead a good life, and what it means to be a physician.


Reflecting on topics like our search for perfection, the boundaries of our bodies, our vulnerability and suffering, and our shared human dignity is relevant not only to my own personal and professional development, but also is relevant to my learners and to my patients.


These questions unite us and exploring them remind me of the meaning and purpose of being a doctor.

Michael Crocetti, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I love listening to music and attending live shows. I also dabble with the guitar. For me music is like meditation where I can focus on the melody and the notes. I often have music on in my office and in between patients I listen. I gain a sense mindfulness from music and that helps me to be more present with my patients.

Scott Wright, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I love to cook. And, I never quite do any dish the same way the next time I prepare it – always looking to make it a little better. This learning from experience and growth is rewarding. I try to do the same thing with my approach to patient care – always making subtle changes to connect, serve, explain, and empathize better than the time before.