BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Christina Delos Reyes, M.D.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN THE BOARD?
I have had an interest in physician wellness since I was a first-year medical student. As a medical student at NEOMED in Rootstown, I belonged to a group called the Intervene Now (I.N.) Council, which worked directly with medical students that had substance use disorders or related issues. As a resident and a young attending, I served as a volunteer monitor for OPHP. When an opening became available on the Board, I was honored to take on this service role.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A PHYSICIAN?
The ability to impact people in my community in a meaningful way - whether by helping an individual patient or family member, or teaching a physician-in-training about Addiction Medicine or Addiction Psychiatry, or advocating for policy change at a local, state, or national level.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Traveling (to places with saltwater and a beach if at all possible!!!), reading, walking my dog, playing with LEGOs, anything related to Harry Potter, playing Jeopardy! Or Trivial Pursuit, going to art museums, suffering/celebrating as a Cleveland sports fan.
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I can sing Christmas carols in Slovenian--comes from having lived in Slavic Village from ages 4 to 18!!
WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW?
There are currently two sub-specialties in addiction--one is addiction PSYCHIATRY (run by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) and the other is addiction MEDICINE (run by the American Board of Preventive Medicine). This means that any physician who is interested in treating individuals with addiction can become sub-specialized and work in this field. From now until 2021, interested physicians may grandmother/grandfather into Addiction Medicine without completing a fellowship. Beginning in 2022, applicants must successfully complete a minimum of 12 months in an ACGME-accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES OPHP SPECIAL?
OPHP cares about caregivers--those individuals who have dedicated their lives to the care of others sometimes need help themselves, and I am proud to be a part of an organization that provides confidential support and advocacy to healthcare professionals. Additionally, OPHP has outstanding leadership and the other members of the Board are wonderful collaborators in OPHP's mission.
HOW HAS OPHP IMPACTED YOUR WORK AND/OR WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BENEFIT OF YOUR INVOLVEMENT?
OPHP has connected me with so many individuals who are all interested in issues of health professional wellness and recovery and this has inspired me to find balance in my own life. I also have the knowledge and confidence to help my colleagues who are in need of assistance and this is the best benefit of my involvement with OPHP.