Where To From Here?

Road Ahead

Finally, I will have the luxury of sleep and long, relaxing showers!  This was my first happy thought after finishing residency.  A few more days into  it, things began to sink in.

So,  “where to from here”?


During training, it was  hard to think about  how things will be post –residency or fellowship. There are   calls to answer, patients to see ,  books to read  and cases to present.


I was in my last few days into finishing when a generous consultant gave a few tips on how  to get started. I was so grateful  and felt lucky that I have something to start with.  I told her, “it’s a good thing I am learning this now.” She told me  “you should have thought about all these on  day 1 of your training!”


Well, if the best time was years back, the next best time is now.


When the jolt of  being  “jobless” finally came, many questions started to crowd my now fully rested but almost dormant brain. I thought it was the end of the line. Okay, time to find a place, set up clinic, put up a signage and wait for patients to come.


But, if I were to be part of the hospital, shouldn’t I consider another two to three years of study?  Our department was growing and they needed a lot of subspecialists. We were prompted to go for further training. Should I take this option?


At the same time I was thinking, I have a son to raise. Maybe I should start to practice now.


I did applied for subspecialty but was lucky to snap out of it right in the middle of my interview. See my story.


When I finally decided to start, there were more questions. Where do I practice? What is the best time to hold clinic? How much do I need? As a I get one question answered, another one pops up. 


Wait! It can’t be this way. I seem to be doing a lot of things and yet I felt uncertain. Rather busy but uneasy about how things are going. I felt like I was just grabbing whatever comes my way.


I sat and got a piece of paper. I divided the paper into two: One column says LIKE, the other column says I DON’T LIKE. I started to scribble…I like to do other things other than seeing patients….I don’t like to hold clinic all day…I like  to have ME time…I like to work around my son’s schedule…I don’t like …etc. What seems like cobwebs hanging over my head started to clear up.


I realized that if I were to be happy doing this for the rest of my life, I have to really think about it.  And so I set out to plan.


“If you don’t have a plan for yourself, you’ll be part of someone else’s.” ß Didn’t want this to happen!


Set up your practice for success.  Take time to plan.

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3 thoughts on “Where To From Here?

  1. I was really thankful that I attended your medical 101 seminar. It helped me a lot on how I will start up my practice and aside from that you gave me a spot at HDC Medical Clinics at a clinic sharing scheme wherein i don’t have to lay out cash just to start practicing as an OB-GYN. DocElay I will be forever indebted. I may not have time to accept patients in HDC right now because of other endeavors I need to pursue but it is clear to my mind that without your help I wouldnt be where I am now.

    To the readers out there, follow this blog and learn a lot from it. I learned from this author the best time to have a clinic, how your calling card speaks of you, the way to make income tax returns and most especially a boost in your self confidence that it is really not hard to start up and that there is really life after residency 🙂

    Thanks DocElay.

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