Carolyn Peart, M.D.’s ‘Golden 2 Minutes’ Builds Bonds with Patients

Carolyn Peart, M.D.

March 15, 2022

As a child growing up in Jamaica, Carolyn Peart, M.D., would observe her grandmother as she cared for the people in their remote community. Far from the nearest hospital, her grandmother made health care accessible for their neighbors. “That inspired me to want to care for people and help them,” says Dr. Peart, a family medicine specialist at Palisades Medical Center since September 2021.

When she was 16, Dr. Peart immigrated to the U.S. with her family and settled in Michigan. After completing her undergraduate education, she tried some other careers before coming back to her calling in medicine. She moved to New York for her residency.

At Palisades, Dr. Peart says she values the team environment. “There’s always someone you can reach out to, and everyone helps each other out,” she says.

Why did you choose family medicine?

I chose family medicine because it allows me to build a relationship with my patients over many years. I’m able to follow patients from the time they’re babies until they’re elderly. You get to do a little of everything, and you may even care for an entire family.

How do you develop meaningful relationships with patients?

I like to develop relationships with patients through a technique I call ‘the golden two minutes.’ I let the patient tell me their story, and I just listen. Then, if it’s something I can relate to, I can share my story or input, so I can build a rapport.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction, autobiographies and self-help books. I also enjoy volunteering, working  at children’s hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and community fairs. I have returned to the Caribbean to offer my services there, as well. I also enjoy exercising, dancing, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

What are your favorite foods to cook?

My favorite foods to cook are ackee and salt fish. Ackee is technically a fruit, but it’s cooked and used as a vegetable. It’s traditionally eaten with salted cod fish in Jamaica. In fact it’s the national dish of Jamaica. I enjoy making various curry dishes. Lately, I’ve been trying plant- and fish-based cuisines. 

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