As an Emergency Medicine physician I am always prepared to evaluate and care for all situations. I am constantly learning and pride myself in practicing Evidence Based Medicine. Being able to provide care to adults and children during times of stress and uncertainty provides me comfort, as I know they are seeking help. Working in a constantly changing and unpredictable environment has allowed me to always be prepared. I am aware of my limitations and strengths, and pride myself in providing the best care for my patients. I am mostly grateful to provide education and reassurance to my patients during times of need.
Blanca Herrera, MD
My interest as an Emergency Medicine physician includes education on follow up and importance of compliance, cultural sensitivity, and crisis management. Being part of a care team, allows me to provide additional services, that may not be otherwise available. For example, providing patients with specific follow up instructions including reasons to return is important, allowing them to take charge of their care. In addition, treating a diverse set of patients, it is important to understand their backgrounds, cultures and living situations. Sometimes simple solutions can be accomplished just by understanding their environment. As a bilingual provider, patients are often relieved they can communicate in their native language and provide more detailed descriptions of their situations.
I enjoy multiple activities outside of medicine, including painting, dancing, cycling and spending time with family. I use acrylic paints and often paint large canvases and murals. My favorite project was a mural I painted at a women’s shelter as a student, it entailed a large underwater scene in the children’s playroom wall. For me it was a gift for the children, as they transitioned from their stressful situations. I enjoy dancing salsa music, it took me at least a year to learn, but overall the process was worth it. For the past three years, I started cycling and found it to be a great avenue for wellness and stress relief. It allows me to set goals and monitor progress. Lastly, I spend a lot of time with my family we celebrate holidays, birthdays and special events all year around. I think it is important to keep yourself engaged outside of work, this will make you an overall well prepared provider.