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David T. George, M.D., Psychiatrist, Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
David T. George, M.D., Psychiatrist, Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

1. I chose this career because...

2. My typical workday involves...

3. What I like best and least about my work...

4. My careers goals are...

5. When I'm not working, I like to...


1. I chose this career because...

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I chose to become a psychiatrist because another psychiatrist inspired me while I was completing a psychiatry rotation during medical school. Up until then, the specialty was low on my list of interests. My mentor at Duke University was smart and personable. I saw people get well. I realized the field could be as mentally challenging as any other medical specialty I had seen.

Education
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
  • Master of Science, Biochemistry, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Doctor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

2. My typical workday involves...

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Dr. George reading a medical science journal to stay up-to-date.
Dr. George reading a medical science journal to stay up-to-date.

My typical workday includes caring for patients, conducting research studies, preparing manuscripts for publication, and performing administrative duties.

Clinical Research Topics
  • Alcoholism – I am interested in discovering why some people will stop drinking in a social situation while others will not.
  • Domestic Violence – With this project, I am trying to understand domestic violence. I want to describe its many aspects, including the links between behavior and the physiology of the brain and its chemical pathways. Likewise, I hope to develop diagnostic tools to identify people who may have domestic violence behavioral tendencies. To do this, I develop protocols that allow me to interact with people who initiate acts of domestic violence. These protocols involve laboratory and clinical tests such as examining spinal fluid, genetic studies, PET (positron emission tomography) scans, and functional MRIs (magnetic nuclear resonance imaging). I can compare this patient information with data from individuals who do not engage in acts of domestic violence.

Major Tasks
  • Talking to patients (every time I talk with a patient I learn something new).
  • Collaborating with other clinical and laboratory professionals.
  • Reading current research publications to stay up-to-date.




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Dr. George illustrates scientific ideas to colleagues.
Dr. George illustrates scientific ideas to colleagues.

What I like best about my work are the challenges. There is always something new to learn. It’s something like a treasure hunt or finding the next missing piece of the puzzle. Ultimately, I enjoy helping people and seeing them get better. It just matches my personality.

What I like least about my job is the paperwork, which includes filling out numerous forms that are mandatory because I see patients.

4. My careers goals are...

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Dr. George discussing research results.
Dr. George discussing research results.

I am very content with my career. I like the balance of doing clinical research and caring for patients.

5. When I'm not working, I like to...

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Dr. George enjoying time with his family on vacation.
Dr. George enjoying time with his family on vacation.

I enjoy spending time with my family and being involved in my kids’ lives as they grow up. I also enjoy the beach, fishing, and sailing.


















































     
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