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Was there an aspect of the residency program that was unexpected and required adaptation on your part?

  • Working in a clinical laboratory (microbiology) or in non-clinical internships (infection prevention) is not a usual exposure during pre-doctoral studies and requires adaptation. We then discover many new facets of medicine.

Do you follow the recommendations you give to your patients? 

  • Almost always, but I happened to have a drink or two with ice cubes whose origin I didn't wonder about...

Do you follow the recommendations you give to your patients? 

  • Yes, especially in connection with STBBIs! Same spouse for 15 years!!!


What is your favorite alcoholic drink?

  • Cocktails of all kinds, in moderation!


What do you think is the most difficult medical practice? The easiest ? 

  • I define here the difficulty in terms of schedule complexity… this is what wears the most over the years!!! More difficult: intensivist; easier: physiatry

  • The most difficult is medical microbiology and infectiology. The easiest is pediatrics because it's baby

How many hours of work per week?

  • It depends a lot on the type of call that week and the practice environment as well. Some centers often end at 7:00 p.m. during their clinical call. But end at 5 p.m. on duty in the laboratory.  


What do you dislike most about your practice?

  • The bureaucratization of medicine.  


What do you think is the most important factor for a successful residency in your specialty?  A career in your specialty?

  • Rigor and empathy

  • Do not be afraid of the quantity of information to be integrated and processed in fields as varied as the laboratory, the prevention of infections, the clinic, antibiotic governance.

Would you be friends with your colleagues if you had met them outside of work? 

  • For many of them yes… We share a lot of interests! I imagine that in a specialty, like attracts like!

  • I hope, but I don't know if I would have met such exceptional beings outside of my work.

Is it possible to make a career in microbiology and infectiology while being immunosuppressed?

  • Yes.  

What is the best advice you have received? 

  • In his practice, never put all the eggs in the same basket… Research, among other things, brings a lot of diversity to my daily life. 

  • Do what you love. Be judged by your results and not by the method you use.


What is the most common criticism you receive?

  • Too nuanced!

  • It's rare that I receive the same review several times, I try to improve myself constantly.


How would your colleagues describe you? 

  • A team guy, at least I hope so!

  • Easy to approach, funny, creative, leader, productive.


What personality traits are typical of your profession?

  • Overall understanding of clinical situations (clinical reasoning). The ability to learn a significant amount of very varied fields of practice (lots of reading): infectiology, bacteriology, mycobacteria, mycology, parasitology, laboratory microbiology, prevention, antibiotic governance, vulnerable populations, etc.  


What specialty would you never do? Why?

  • Surgery. Operating in the middle of the night and having a family life on these schedules would be a challenge.


During your medical studies, what did you do on a Friday evening?

  • To see friends.


What car do you drive?

  • As ecological as possible!


How do you plan your vacation?

  • As simple and refreshing as possible!

If you had to specialize in something else, what would it be and why?

  • Intensive care, because things are moving, we see the results of our actions quickly.

Does your specialty take jokes well at work?

  • Absolutely, it's even essential, even if our jokes are often a bit “geeky” around the edges!

  • Yes, there are plenty of puns to do with bacteria names.


Do students/residents sometimes make you feel overwhelmed? 

  • They certainly challenge us, especially our senior residents. It is one of the great pleasures of academic life.

  • Just like my children who are the same age...


If your specialty had to have a romantic relationship with another which one would it choose? 

  • Dermatology… our discussions around rashes are always passionate!

  • Dermatology

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