Maria Keating, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Drexel Obstetrics & Gynecology. She comes to Drexel from Main Line Women's Health Care Associates. Dr. Keating provides prenatal, and labor and delivery services to patients in Manayunk and the Feinstein office in Center City Philadelphia.
What made you want to become a doctor?
Since I was ten years old, I have had an interest in the human body and anatomy. Even though I didn't know many doctors growing up and no one in my family was a doctor, I always wanted to become a doctor since I had a desire to help people. As a child, I remember thinking about what was the most meaningful way to help people, and I decided that being a doctor was it.
What sparked your specific interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology?
I became interested in obstetrics and gynecology during medical school. The birthing process just blew my mind and, after seeing it, I knew that I wanted to be involved with it in some way. At first, I thought I would be a pediatrician. But, after seeing babies born I realized I wanted to take care of the moms. I also like that there is a lot of diversity in the field—we get to see women at all stages of life both in the office and in the hospital setting. I've always loved working with women, and so it sort of all fit together.
What services do you provide at Drexel?
I'm a generalist in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, which means that I see patients in our private offices, work on the Labor & Delivery unit and perform gynecologic surgeries at Hahnemann Hospital. Since I am part of the teaching faculty at Drexel University College of Medicine, I also teach residents and medical students.
Your residency was at Drexel. How did your experience then affect your decision to come work at here?
The way it works with residency is that you are ultimately matched to your program. You have a list of programs but, in the end, the final decision is out of your hands. I had a really good experience at Drexel. What I had always heard, but perhaps didn't full realize until I left, is how this group of people—the doctors, nurses, and support staff—really chooses to work with the underserved, which is the majority of the patients we treat here at Drexel. My colleagues are really in medicine for the right reasons. They are nice people to be around and great colleagues to have. Additionally, Drexel has a lot of interesting things going on, such as our HIV and pregnancy clinic and our clinic that deals with female genital mutilation. I always enjoyed experiencing all of these things when I was in my training. And ultimately after leaving, I realized how much I missed it. When I heard they were looking to fill a faculty position, I decided to apply.
What has it been like coming from a private practice into a teaching position?
It's actually quite challenging, which is probably why I didn't go straight into academics. Teaching can be intimidating. But I think there is something really beautiful about teaching the next generation of doctors and in taking on that mentorship role. It is something that I am definitely still learning. I think that being a good teacher is a lifelong learning process—you are constantly striving to become better at it. I am excited to take on this role with the residents. When you're in training, you always know the good attending physicians and the not so good ones, so I'm striving to emulate the characteristics of the attending physicians that I admired the most.
Do you see yourself conducting research at Drexel?
I am hoping to get involved with research in the next six months or so. At the moment, I am at the beginning stages, brainstorming what I am going to do. I may do something related to HIV care because we have some opportunities here, and it's something I have been involved with in the past when I worked in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Can you tell me about your work in Africa?
I was a history major in college and studied East African history and Swahili. After college, I spent a year working in Tanzania and really became conversant in Swahili during that time. That experience really cemented my interest in wanting to work with women and, particularly, underserved populations. In medical school, I went back to East Africa for another year to do research in Malawi. They were two very formative experiences for me.
Name: Maria Keating, MD
Specialty: Obstetrics, prenatal care, labor and delivery
MD - Weill Cornell Medical College (2011)
BA - Yale University (2005)
- Drexel Ob/Gyn
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