THE EXPERIENCE OF A DOCTOR DURING HER POST-GRADUATE TRAINING, DISCUSSING TIMELY TOPICS REGARDING MEDICINE, PREVENTION, AND SELF-CARE. AN EXPRESSION OF PERSONAL STRUGGLE, GROWTH AND ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH A SPLASH OF HUMOR AND ADVOCACY FOR OTHERS ALONG THE WAY <3
I write posts like these for anyone early on in a healthcare career (or any career that requires what feels like endless years of training) to remind them that it never ends. IT. NEVER. ENDS. And I don’t mean that in a negative way— not at all.
I can't exactly pinpoint why I wanted to start going, but a small part of me knew it was just time. Maybe I was complaining too much to my loved ones, or stopped being able to bear their burdens while simultaneously dealing with my own.
I'm sure the same can be said for other jobs or the decision to have children-- there will always be people telling you that your own happiness/health will decline with irreparable circumstances.
I feel kind of ridiculous regarding the title of this blog post, but it's come to my attention that the general consensus believes that so long as you're not binge drinking, alcohol is no big deal. One step further and a popular opinion is that moderate consumption should be part of your balanced diet because you know, health benefits.
I wonder how many people, after reading the definition of orthorexia, think to themselves, "Wow, is that ME?!"
Ever since that glorious and emotional Fellowship Match day back in December, the title of this blog post has been one of my most frequently asked questions. It's funny because to me, it doesn't even seem like a question (doesn't everyone want to do GI?) but when I take a step back and really think about what this specialty entails I start to laugh because I get it.
I was wondering when I would get around to writing this blog and wrapping my thoughts around this topic. It's touchy, sensitive, and requires a lot of self-reflection (something that takes a lot of effort when you're knee deep in work and would rather just share a picture of your smoothie bowl next to a stethoscope.) I hope this blog post captures my intent to make fun of, but also defend myself and others in medicine who choose to have a presence on social media. We do a lot of funny things but when I take a step back and look at the intentions, I think we're doing good here.