“As a racer and medical school student, Staropoli sees the power of research from all perspectives”
When Patrick Staropoli is in the cockpit of his racecar, he’s confronted with major decisions. He must guide his vehicle at 200 miles per hour around major g-force turns, avoid other cars on the track while simultaneously maintaining his cool in a 130-degree cabin.
This ability to remain calm under pressure is a talent he uses off the track. At 27, he’s not your typical NASCAR driver. The South Florida native is a Harvard graduate who is in his final year of medical school at the University of Miami.
“The skills underappreciated in racing are really useful in medicine,” he says.
Both professions require effective communication, precise movements and teamwork.
“I think the way you approach problems in racing is similar to how you approach a patient in medicine,” he says.
The same way NASCAR pit crews must identify and fix a problem with a car, medical teams must collaborate to effectively diagnose and treat individual patients.
“Being in medical school has helped me become a better race car driver,” he adds.”
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