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:
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! :]
- What’s something you dream of doing/accomplishing?
- What legacy do you want to leave?
- How do you want people to remember you?