Kate Goodrich is another doctor-musician who can't conceive of a life without music.
"Music is such an intrinsic part of my life that I can't imagine not being involved with it in a significant way," says Dr. Goodrich
.A hospitalist and assistant professor at George Washington University Hospital
also sings in a prestigious 190-person choir, the Choral Arts Society of Washington
."I've always been around music," she
says."My mother and my sister are great singers, and growing up, I always saw them walking around the house singing away."Dr. Goodrich
took piano lessons for 20 years, starting at the age of four.In college, she
made the switch from piano to singing, in part because singing practice wasn't as time-consuming as piano lessons.After finishing her residency, Dr. Goodrich joined the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
"Interacting with people at the choir society, where we have such a diverse group of people, has made me a more well-rounded person who can interact with human beings better, and consequently, treat patients better," says Dr. Goodrich
People skills, and a greater social awareness, are abilities other doctor-musicians say they developed from having second careers as musicians, or simply from practicing music part time.