Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I’m really glad you stopped by, let’s get to know one another.
First things first – Who am I?
When I work, it is as a resident physician, or, how I like to think of it, “professional learner”. I have the absolute privilege of being paid to study psychiatry and to learn from the hardships, courage, and honesty of my patients on a near daily basis. Although I am early in my career trajectory, I have several areas of interest, many of which I will be exploring in this blog. Some of these include addictions medicine, medical education, physician burnout, mindfulness, and health media. If any of these subjects interest you – you are in the right place. Let’s explore and grow together.
Why is the doctor out(side)?
When I am not working or studying (which does occur on occasion!) I make a concerted effort to get not only physically get out of the hospital, but to get intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically out(side) of my comfort zone. What exactly does that look like? On sunny days, it might look like a long bike ride, exploring local community pathways and parks. Several times a week it looks like a long shavasana and wobbly tree poses at my local yoga studio. In the early hours of the morning and late hours at night, it may look like a soft blanket, warm cup of tea, and a good book, detailing the triumphs, tribulations, and revelations of everyday people. Some of this blog will be dedicated to discussing these rich self-care opportunities out(side) of medicine and how they contribute to my personal development and wellbeing. What is your out(side)? How does it foster your growth?
Why start blogging?
I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog for a while now. As a young child, I was convinced that I would become a writer and, eventually, share coffee and swap ideas with J.K. Rowling, Lois Lowry, or Stephen Chobsky. Somewhere along the way, I discovered medicine (and was able to process my slightly inflated ego); however, I’ve continued to adore story telling and learning from characters near and far, fictional or real, living or deceased. From my limited time practicing medicine, I’ve begun to appreciate the extraordinary breadth of knowledge and learning that is nestled in other people’s retelling of their lived experiences. So, after some careful reflection, I’ve decided to add my voice to the mix – my thoughts on our evolving healthcare system, experiences as a medical trainee, and musings as a twenty-something trying to find my place in this world. If you have interest in any of the topics I’ve mentioned, I’d love to hear your voice.
Banner photo: Clem Onojeghuo.