Today we had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Dovber Hecht of Harbor UCLA. He shared his experience of wearing an iKIPPAH as a medical student and as a doctor.
iKIPPAH (i), Dr. Hecht (D)
i: Thank you for joining us. Tell us a bit about yourself.
D: I grew up Chabad and went through the Yeshiva system. I became a Rabbi and then decided that I wanted to help people both spiritually and physically. I went to undergrad and then medical school at Temple University.
i: What was it like wearing an iKIPPAH during medical school?
D: I wore a bright green iKIPPAH at the white coat ceremony and was known for it for the next four years! I proudly wore different color iKIPPAHs at school and rotations in the hospital.
Spot the iKIPPAH in the above photo!
i: Good for you for being proud of your Jewish identity! Do your patients treat you like a doctor or a rabbi?
D: Interesting question. Most of the time my relationship with patients is like with any other doctor. Sometimes a patient will ask me for a blessing or spiritual counseling. I have conversations with co-workers about religion and science.
i: Which iKIPPAHs do you wear now as a doctor?
D: I have the navyand black knit kippahs and I alternate between the two colors. The navy one matches my blue scrubs and the black one matches business casual wear.