Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

10 Minutes with ...

30 April 2015

Dr Charles A. Neiditz, MD, FACP, currently living in Marathon, Florida in the Florida Keys, studied medicine in RCSI from 1972-1978.


What are your most memorable experiences from your time at RCSI?
The camaraderie of the multi-national student environment.


When did you first become interested in pursuing a career in medicine and what led you to your chosen specialty?
I worked during the summer holiday months in the hospital as a phlebotomist, and a medical technician.


Where are you currently working and what does your role entail?
After a 3 year straight Internal Medicine Residency program at a Yale Medical School affiliated residency program, I entered private solo practice, and worked at this for 13 years. Then I joined a multi-specialty group practice which had 130 physician members located in Connecticut. After 30 years, I moved to the Florida Keys-120 miles south of Miami, in the Caribbean, to work for the Baptist Health System of South Florida in a medical clinic, doing primary care preventive medicine and running their diabetes education education center.


What are the factors that have provided you with the stepping stones to success in your career?
My training at RCSI gave me the tools to excel in medicine. I felt my education was superior to my peers in Connecticut, and has provided me with the understanding and compassion to help patients.


What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Going from a solo private practice to a large multi-specialty practice that was the premier practice in New England. The practice was recently sold to the Yale New Haven Health Care system.


What challenges have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
The major challenges in medicine to me were based around finding the particular field that suited my interest. Balancing the rigors of full time private practice with marriage, children, and hobbies was a major life challenge.


What advice would you give to recent graduates embarking on their career?
Enjoy every day! 35 years has flown by. Getting involved with running a group practice, involvement in hospital committees and community projects is very rewarding.


What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy diving, and my most spectacular diving site to date is Turks and Caicos, where the visibility is 200 feet deep.


What's your favourite destination and why?
Living in Florida, I enjoy swimming, scuba diving, lobstering, and underwater photography. I also enjoy bicycling, and gardening, where pineapples mangos and tropical flowers reign.


What person do you most admire and why?
My father, who encouraged me to follow my dream and become a physician.


What career might you have chosen if you weren't in your current one?
Professor of Marine Biology.


Where do you want to be in the next five to 10 years?
Retired, sharing the rest of my life with my wife-exploring what life has to offer.