preserve an essential part of life, and health
Dr. Yamitza Cordero-ferrer Internist Bridgeport, CT

Dr. Yamitza Cordero-ferrer is an internist practicing in Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Cordero-ferrer specializes in the medical treatment of adults. Internists can act as a primary physician or a consultant to a primary physician. They manage both common and rare diseases. Dr. Cordero-ferrer provides comprehensive care and manages... more

Thinking about life; hoping to preserve an essential part of life, and health; the constant thought of how I can help my patients to be alive, to be healthy...  

A long time ago, I made the choice to become a physician because I wanted people to be healthy. Throughout the years, I found the importance of the connection between mind and body--and that is how I start my day with my patients.  

Every day, I learn from them, and they learn from me. As a physician, you are part of them, and this creates the connection for a healthy life. 

Look directly into their eyes and you will find wonderful things, and many answers of your concerns about their health. I like to listen to their concerns and problems. Connect the dots and you will see clearly the story behind each patient. Be compassionate and firm at the same time. But always listen; get as much information as you can. Learn about their personal life, because that will tell you the root of most of their problems and health issues. 

Nowadays with changes in the health care system, sometimes we deviate our eyesight from the patient and focus on the administrative part of medicine: electronic medical records, meaningful use, reports, labs, etc.  

When you lose connection with your patient, the consequence is poor quality of care, visits are too short, and there is no true listening to their concerns. At the end, the purpose of being a physician is sabotaged by the system.  

Did I become a physician to work for the system or to care about the life of the human beings? 

It is a constant battle, an internal battle, when you care about the life of your patients. You want to offer them the best you have, but at the same time, in modern medicine you are obligated to serve the system. 

I am still thinking about how I can help my patients to have a nice quality of life. I believe that this will never end. Every day comes with its own challenges. In the meantime, I will continue creating bonds with my patients and look into their eyes to find the real story of their life.