I would be lying if I said that the way I feel about my job now is the same as the way I felt about it when I first started as a full fledged family medicine doctor. Over the years of practicing medicine, the bureaucracy and hyper-focus on performance metrics have started to whittle down the passion I have for my craft. The longer I have been in practice, the more I reminisce about the bygone days of medical school when I was able to immerse myself in the wonders of the human body, getting down in the nitty gritty details of the why’s and the how’s. After some time of soul searching, it was becoming clear to me that my current career trajectory is unsustainable unless I find a way to recharge it with the passion that I once had for medicine. While the wonderful relationships I have with my patients have enabled me to stay afloat, I also need to nurture that seed of curiosity again as a way to combat the growing administrative nature of my job. And what better way to do this than to teach people about the human body! I need to get back to asking the why’s and the how’s again, but this time instead of regurgitating what I know on a piece of exam paper, I will be sharing this knowledge with you through a multimedia platform.
So yes, in some ways, Medicine Declassified is a personal quest of getting back to the joy of medicine, but I hope that along the way I can excite and persuade people to jump on the bandwagon with me on this journey to explore and understand the human body through the lens of a science nerd.