Ricardo C.

Ricardo C. | Auto Restoration Enthusiast & Physician

Ricardo C

Ricardo’s father taught him the basics of car maintenance when he was young, and soon after the two of them were restoring and refurbishing old cars together. It’s a passion they still pursue today. Ricardo gets the same satisfaction in his work as an Urgent Care Physician, where he has to quickly diagnose problems and decide on treatments for a constant stream of unique patients. “The human body is a lot like a car,” he describes, “and you have to understand how one part affects the next.”
“The connection between restoring cars and the human body is mechanical: one thing affects another.”

How do you describe your job to family and friends?

Every day is completely different. As an Urgent Care Physician, you never know who’s going to walk in. We see a wide variety of things, not just coughs and colds. Every time I walk through the door I have to bring my A-game. I’m always watching the board to make sure we take immediate action when something serious arises.

What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?  

We see a lot of patients every hour, but we’re not their primary care physicians and in a sense we’re meeting each of them for the first time. So they may have a complicated history that we have to catch up on.

When you’re facing that challenge, what are some of your personal strengths and abilities that come into play?  

I’m really good at problem-solving, attention to detail and multi-tasking. Those strengths are important in this environment because it can get hectic when you’re trying to cover all the bases and get things done.

What are the elements of your job you love?

I love interacting with people, talking to them and hearing their stories. It always adds a new perspective to my day.

What interests or passions do you have outside of work?

My father taught me car maintenance basics when I was growing up and then he introduced me to muscle cars. I love spending time restoring and refurbishing old cars, because I really enjoy the problem solving and working with my hands.

How do some of the elements or traits you possess for those passions and interests show up when you are at work?

The connection between restoring cars and the human body is mechanical: one thing affects another. Whether I’m working on cars or a patient, I have to think three steps ahead to make sure everything will work correctly and to ensure the best outcomes.

How have you grown at UnitedHealth Group?

I’ve been given the space to foster the next generation of physicians. All of my interactions here have been really positive and I feel like the company has set me up for success as a future leader.

What’s the most important thing someone should know before joining our company?

There’s a lot of opportunity to grow and do well here. At the same time, the company encourages you to pursue your passions outside of work because they want you to bring that happiness into the workplace.

If you weren’t working at UnitedHealth Group or doing what you do today, what would you be doing?

I’d be a mechanic or a watchmaker, because I like mechanical work.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak Spanish.

What do few people know about you that they would be surprised to learn?

For a college course, I spent one month living in a Malaysian rain forest, tracking and collecting reptiles.

What are you most grateful for?

My career. I’m a first generation college, first generation medical school, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.