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Texas internist finds time for Joint Commission, marathons

From the February ACP Internist, copyright © 2009 by the American College of Physicians

By Stacey Butterfield

Isabel V. Hoverman, MACP

Isabel V. Hoverman, MACPAge: 62

Occupation: Private practitioner in a four-physician group.

Current residence: Austin, Texas.

Hometown: Princeton, N.J.

Family: husband, three children, two grandchildren.

Medical school: Duke University.

Residencies: Duke and Baylor College of Medicine.

Most important lesson I learned in med school: Know your limitations, and never be afraid to ask for help.

Why I became an internist: The challenge of helping patients to manage their health: establishing rapport, making a diagnosis, then partnering with patients and families through good and bad.

First job: Counselor at girls' camp in Maine.

Most rewarding aspect of my job: My patients.

Most rewarding professional activity: Being on the board of the Joint Commission.

Future goals: I'd like to learn to speak Spanish.

Biggest challenge I've faced: How to balance work and family.

Thoughts on women in medicine: It's certainly offered obstacles and opportunities. My daughter just graduated from medical school, and I look at the opportunities that she has, and I'm pleased to see how far we've come.

Personal heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt and my children—a lawyer, an architect and a physician.

Favorite ways to spend free time: Reading, biking and running.

Books on my night stand:Out Stealing Horses: A Novel, by Per Petterson; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver; A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern, by Kirk Varnedoe.

Most meaningful non-medical accomplishment: Running my first marathon in 2007 and qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon the same year.

Items you can't live without: My Tempur-Pedic mattress and the Internet.

Biggest regret: None, it's never worthwhile being disappointed for long. There are too many other opportunities in life.

If I weren't a physician, I would be: A high school teacher.

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