Have fun with it

Don’t do it because it’s on the test.Don’t do it because your parents want you to be a Doctor.Don’t do it because you’re afraid of failing.Don’t do it because it’s expected of you.Don’t do it because you need to.Do it…because you get to.You don’t have to study…you get to study.And you get to learn amazing […]

Harmonic layering of Anatomy

This is an idea I borrowed from Scott at Scott’s Bass Lessons. When it comes to playing a bass line, he starts with the rhythm, then the chord, then the chord tone (arpegio) and then finishes with the chord scale. In other words, he doesn’t just try to play a Groove (Registered trademark). Instead he […]

You can’t find these things in Africa

We had a lecture on Monogenetics this afternoon and looked at some genetic conditions present in Uganda. Conditions like: Thalassemia Sickle cell anaemia Haemophilia Tay Sachs Disease Huntington’s disease The lecture was dragging a bit so I engaged the lecturer by asking some questions about how we could solve these problems forever.And I asked what […]

Disrupt your personal narrative

Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, microbiology, epidemiology… Surgery, paediatrics, geriatrics, obs and gynae, orthopaedics… First year, second year, third year, fourth year, fifth year, internship, rotations, specialisation… PLEB, USMLE, Fellowship, Part 1, Part 2, Masters, Diploma… Now imagine all of this being replaced by a 9 year old with a smartphone. Imagine all of these […]

Become Batman

Image credit: Hugh MacLeod Don’t kill yourself. Instead, kill the identity of your old self…and stick around to explore who you can be right now. That’s how 8 year-old Bruce Wayne became Batman. Wracked by grief after seeing his parents shot dead in front of him, young Bruce decided to secretly bury the life he was […]

Master the 33 strategies of War

Image credit: Hugh MacLeod The only way to successfully escape or transition from a dead-end career in Medicine…is to stop thinking like a Medic. Instead, think like a military strategist who deploys tactics and manoeuvres to overcome obstacles and defeat insurmountable foes. One of the fastest ways to do this is to devour “The 33 Strategies […]

Your parents are not the enemy

Image credit: Hugh MacLeod Your parents are not the enemy. Instead, they’re just pawns in the bigger game that’s playing all around you. It’s the game of the broken “Healthcare Factory System”. And the goal of the game is to recruit as many replaceable cogs (see: Doctors) to keep the system going. Your parents are unwitting […]

Seek first to understand…

Image credit: Hugh MacLeod …then to be understood. One of the most crucial lessons from Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, especially when it comes to recruiting your parents as allies in your transition from a career in Medicine into the Work you were created to pursue. Dare to feel where they’re coming from […]

Not your Father’s world

Image credit: Hugh MacLeod This is not your father’s world. And things are not the same as they were when he was the same age as you. Which doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But maybe he’s trying to prepare you for a world that doesn’t exist anymore. Listen to your Dad’s advice…but […]

Happily ever after

Image credit: Hugh MacLeod That’s all your parents want for you, and they’re driving you towards the best path (that they know) to achieving that outcome. Your dreams, ambitions and interests are seen as saboteurs of your success and hooligans who want to divert you towards a life of aimless drifting in mediocrity. And that’s because […]