Proust questionnaire: Beth Watt, MD

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 54 , No. 7 , September 2012 , Pages 370 Proust for Physicians

Dr Watt is a GP in Fort Langley.


proust portrait of Dr. Watt

What profession might you have pursued, if not for medicine?
CBC Radio journalist.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Fluency in two other languages (e.g., French and Spanish).

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising two individual, independent sons with my husband, Peter.

Who are your heroes?
Julia Child, Oscar Peterson, and Stephen Lewis.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Baking bread and cakes—with teenagers to gobble them up—after a night on call delivering babies.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Fighting the clock.

What characteristic do your favorite patients share?
Hope and courage.

Which living physician do you most admire?
Dr Atul Gawande—he is a big thinker.

What is your favorite activity?
Planning and traveling to explore food cultures (e.g., Vietnam, Borneo, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City, Puebla, and New York City). 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
At the end of the office day, “There it is,” and, when talking to students, “You will get tangled up.”

What technical advance do you most anticipate?
Blood serotonin levels.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Cautious optimism.

What do you most value in your colleagues?
Sense of humor and strength of character.

Who are your favorite writers?
Dorie Greenspan, Alice Waters, and Richard Sax.

What is your greatest regret?
Not planting grapes on the Naramata Bench 20 years ago.

How would you like to die?
Skiing on Burnt Stew Basin (a ski run on Whistler Mountain) on a “bluebird” day.

What is your motto?
Same as Wallace and Gromit: “Hang in there, everything’s under control.”

Beth Watt, MD. Proust questionnaire: Beth Watt, MD. BCMJ, Vol. 54, No. 7, September, 2012, Page(s) 370 - Proust for Physicians.



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