I first went into obstetrics and gynecology, because I loved managing pregnancies and delivering babies. Heading into residency, my plan was to settle in my home state of Georgia and be a rural Ob-Gyn. I figured I would deliver babies and then one day deliver those babies’ babies. But once I was exposed to the field of Urogynecology, I knew that was my true calling. It offered a chance to help women with serious issues that impact and lower their quality of life every day – and to do so both surgically or non-surgically. Each patient’s situation and set of symptoms are unique, so it takes time to figure out just what’s bothering them the most. Sometimes I find simple solutions, and other times I need to perform complicated reconstructive surgery. Either way, the payoff is the same – improved quality of life for the women I treat.
The way I look at our “Care. Discover. Teach.” mission here at Weill Cornell Medicine is that clinical work is a tricycle. The big wheel that drives is Care, and the two smaller wheels are Discover & Teach. Losing any of the wheels would create imbalance, but the one that drives everything is Care. Sometimes a patient may say to me – “the person who walked me down the hall was so nice, so compassionate.” It feels amazing to have such a great team – all the people; the nurses, the administrative staff, everyone. We take pride in providing the best care for our patients. Being here at Weill Cornell Medicine has also re-energized my zest for teaching. I’ve never been around so many people who are so interested in learning. The residents and med students are so motivated to learn, it’s wonderful. This must be what it felt like to be Derek Jeter’s batting coach.
Dr. Patrick J. Culligan is the Director of Urogynecology at the Center for Female Pelvic Health within Weill Cornell Urology. #WeAreWCM #womenshealth