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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