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Mar 20

Hopes and Dreams

Happy Monday, and welcome to Medical Mondays! I’m going to be talking about hopes and dreams today!

Some time ago, I read Dr. Pamela Wible’s book, Pet Goats & Pap Smears and wrote a review about it on Project Velociraptor (aka FM Student). (In case you’re new here, it’s a project that my friend Pixie and I launched to provide resources for medical students (particularly 3rd + 4th-years) interested in Family Medicine!)

Then this happened:

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And then, while I was driving over to New Jersey to spend a weekend there before taking my boards, she called me.

Straight-up legit called me.

I’ve never considered myself to be particularly articulate when it comes to speaking (I think I’m a lot better at writing), but when I’m fan-girling and trying really hard not to, it gets even worse. (This is probably why, much as I’d love to, I probably shouldn’t ever meet Jensen Ackles.)

Maybe that was a sign, because where I was headed while I was talking with her about what I wanted to do in life was also where I matched for residency. While I maintain the west-coast-best-coast philosophy, I still think this was the best place I could have ended up for my residency and I’m super glad about that.

Dr. Wible is a huge advocate for physician wellness and speaks out about rising physician suicide rates (something no one likes to talk or hear about)–she did a TEDTalk on why doctors kill themselves.

These were my takeaway points from my conversation with her:

  • Surround yourself with positive + inspiring people.
  • Choose to be happy.
  • Go after your dreams (far too many people give up on them).
  • Build a community.
  • Take care of your own well-being. (It’s important to take time for yourself!)

I hope I get to meet her someday–she seems like such an inspiring and awesome person! :]


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  • What’s something you dream of doing/accomplishing?
  • What legacy do you want to leave?
  • How do you want people to remember you?

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  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe

    Yes!
    After some of the reactions to my negative test this weekend, I am going to have to reorganize some of the people that I surround myself with… or at the very least have a talk with them. I need them to support my hopes and dreams a bit more… I don’t know the words at the moment, but gently would be the closest I can come to.
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  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I bet you will meet her one day!
    You should be so very proud of yourself, Farrah! You keep rocking it and following your dreams <3
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  3. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    How cooooolll!! I’m sure you will meet her!
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  4. Mary

    Happy Medical Monday and Happy First Day of Spring Farrah 🙂 Wow! I can’t believe Dr. Wible called you. I’m horrible on the phone also, happy to know I’m not the only one. I love these tips! Surrounding yourself with positive + inspiring people is a great one. My ex-boyfriend was ultra negative, it’s taking awhile to get over him but I am a much happier person now he’s not around every day, stealing my joy. I also like the tip of going after your dreams. Every day I do something that gets me closer to my dreams, it seems crazy to me but I have great support and I know I will reach and exceed them someday soon.

  5. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh wow, that’s awesome she actually called you and I love the advice she gave you. 🙂
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  6. Ricardo

    https://youtu.be/lGaneyDfyls

    Of course it’s video game related. =p

  7. Coco

    Very cool! As an East Coast native, I must ask what is this west is best nonsense??

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