Sarah Bush Lincoln is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph So, MD, to its medical staff as a hospitalist. Hospitalists are doctors who have advanced training and experience in the special medical care needed by people during a hospital stay.
Dr. So comes to the community after recently completing a three-year residency in internal medicine a Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Caring for people in a large city hospital, he gained experience treating people from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds suffering from a broad range of illnesses and injuries.
Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. So attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, following high school. Initially interested in becoming a stockbroker, he served an internship in a brokerage firm. “It was very exciting and very fast paced, yet I couldn’t see myself doing it for the rest of my life,” Dr. So said, changing his career path during his junior year and earning a degree in psychology and biology.
Inspired by his father, a retired cardiothoracic surgeon, he decided to pursue medicine. Though anxious to return to Chicago, he took advantage of an opportunity to start medical school right away at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, an island in the Caribbean.
Surviving an intense first year of training, Dr. So spent the next three years in clinical rotations at hospitals in New York and Chicago. “I really enjoyed working in a hospital setting,” he said. “It was great to be able to interact with people and witness first hand the cases that I had previously just read about.”
Completing his residency in June, Dr. So is excited about returning to Illinois and caring for people at Sarah Bush Lincoln as a hospitalist. “I enjoy caring for acutely ill people in the hospital setting,” he said. “I enjoy the intensity of the interactions with people and the medical staff and the opportunity to make a difference in critical situations.”
Drawing upon his experiences during residency, Dr. So stresses the importance of keeping his patients and their family members informed. Running into many families visiting loved ones in the hospital, “you could see how nervous they were and how much fear they had. It often reminded me of my own family,” he said, having five brother and two sisters. “I try to talk to the patient and their family as much as I can to ease their worries and concerns.”
Dr. So is also looking forward to enhancing the hospitalist program at Sarah Bush Lincoln, joining Hospitalist Director James Hildebrandt, DO, and Babatunde Alao, MD. “The hospitalist program is designed to make the care of medicine more effective and I hope to draw on my knowledge to provide the best possible care.”
The hospitalists’ office is located on the third floor of the Health Center. For more information, call the Hospitalist office at (217) 238- or 348-HEAL (4325).