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Jennifer Spicer, MD

Jennifer Spicer, MDName:

Jennifer Spicer, MD

Email:

jennifer.spicer@emory.edu

Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

University of Georgia, Dual Major: Marine Sciences & Microbiology, BS

Medical School:

  • Emory University School of Medicine

In practice since:

2009

Your Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

How did you choose your specialty?

Since I was a kid, I really enjoyed reading about disease outbreaks. Hearing about John Snow and the water pump in England, watching the movie Outbreak, and read other historical infectious disease stories got me interested in the field. In undergrad I was a microbiology major and loved everything that I was learning about how bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites cause disease and knew that is what I wanted to do. In our specialty, delving into the social history-what people do for a living, where they live, what conditions they live in, what they do in their free time, where they travel, what pets they have- those are all important in figuring out what's wrong with the patient, and I always enjoyed learning people's stories and using that to help make them better.

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

I love that Infectious Disease is always changing- there are always new outbreak, new microbes-and this keeps everything interesting. There's always more to learn. The hours are sometimes long; but to be honest, it's really fun, so I don't mind that much.

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

  • You should really enjoy taking a thorough history and doing a thorough physical exam
  • Be willing to reach out to colleagues to discuss interesting cases
  • The same attributes that make a good detective are the same that make a good ID physician

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Hiking
  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Spending time with my dog
  • Trying new food and restaurants