Hi! I’m Ina Gilmore and for many years I defined myself as “Dr. Gilmore.”
After college I went straight to medical school, earning my doctor of medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine, and practiced primary care adult medicine for several years.
While working in a multispecialty group, I developed a passion for Infectious Diseases. So, I went back to train as an Infectious Diseases specialist. After completing my Infectious Diseases fellowship, I became
an Assistant Professor of Medicine at an inner city medical
school’s HIV Clinic.
After three years I left to assume more care of my ailing elderly parent—and to take a much-needed break from inner city subspecialty medicine. Initially I combined Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in a rural practice, later moving to a suburban Infectious Diseases practice.
After 9-11, I realized the full impact and stress of combining a demanding career with primary caregiving.
Especially noticeable was the isolation of caring alone for an elderly parent while working odd hours, with the nearest family four hours by car . It affected my life profoundly—both professionally and personally.
Taking charge, I made some changes including leaving active medical practice. I moved closer to family.
There I found solace in knitting and other crafts. I realized most of my life has been spent as a caregiver—both informally for family and professionally as a physician. Finding myself without losing myself to the burdens of caregiving became my mission.
In the depths of the darkness of caring for a dying loved one with a seemingly unconcerned health care system I found my voice. My family and I realized without my medical expertise we could not have navigated that time. In the dawn of realization and recovery from this experience I found my life mission:
Helping Others More Than Surviving ~ Thriving in Caregiving!
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