Deborah M. Carritte ’86
I’m known for my love of playing the piano. Sitting at the piano and improvising is therapeutic for me. It’s a creative outlet that has given me numerous opportunities to make new and lasting friendships. I have been blessed with the opportunity to play from elementary school through my church life as an adult and have loved every moment of it. Some of the best times were participating in the musical dramas at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church. I can’t wait to see what kind of music God has in store for us in heaven.
At the White Memorial Medical Center as a medical student, I was privileged to help deliver approximately 30 babies. With each birth I was in awe of the miracle of life, and that continued as I administered anesthesia for cesarean sections as well as labor and delivery. My father, Frank Chung ’54, practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Ventura County for the majority of his career and was passionate about his work.
Early in my practice as an attending working at Riverside General Hospital, I had the opportunity to administer anesthesia for one of the ophthalmology patients of my sister, Kelly D. Chung ’89. We were working together one night, both on call, when our trauma patient, a young man, unexpectedly coded. After resuscitating him, with gratefulness I was reminded of what a great responsibility and privilege it is to be used in our profession where life and death are constantly on the line. My sister and I had some good bonding that night as well.
If I were to have worked in a field outside of medicine, I used to think I would have liked to be a music major and, in fact, was for a month or two in college. Honestly, I love medicine and wouldn’t choose a different path even if I could go back in time. Music, like medicine, has the ability to sooth, heal, and inspire both the musician and the listener. There are a few studies examining the effect of music on a surgical patient in the perioperative period. Incorporating music into the practice of medicine has exciting possibilities that have been mostly untapped.
I am acutely aware of the need for effective treatment programs. I would be interested in taking an addiction medicine fellowship. With such a great need right here in the Inland Empire, I hope to be able to make a difference.
Be curious and ask questions. Face your fears head on. Be a lifelong learner. The body is an amazing miracle. I believe I will be studying it for eternity.