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something to retire to

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July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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psych: don’t knock it

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July 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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how boring

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I’ve just realized something that has always subtly irked me about internal medicine:  Risk tweaking.  Diabetes?  Hypertension?  We’ll give patients drugs to decrease their chance of X, Y, and Z.  No catharsis.  No healing moment.  No revelation.  It’s a lot of numbers tweaking.  How anti-climatic.  How boring.

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July 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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psych psych psych

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One of the central pillars to my life’s philosophy is the acceptance of mortality.  As such, I find myself feeling a small amount of dissonance with the central mission of modern medicine—the extension of life.  It goes without saying that the longevity we enjoy today is a wonderful thing, but for me, the mere extension of life is an inferior calling to the improvement of the mind.  My sentiments are described as follows:  Any imbecile with above-average industriousness and moderate social competency can identify diseases and throw pills at people.  My mind, however, has a very particular trait; and more pressingly, it is a trait that yearns to be exploited.  People are puzzles.  In any given interaction with another, we are given a certain number of pieces to work with—pieces that we use to judge, to extrapolate, to infer the nature of the whole.  It is here that I make my point:  When I interact with people, my analytical nature, my empathy, and my intuition work together in a very particular way that allow me to find a few more puzzle pieces than is typical.  In observation of or interaction with people, there are psycho-behavioral nuances that I pick up that reveal to me unconscious aspects of a person’s psychology.  This trait of mine is one I consider to be most definitive of my self.  While the analysis it takes to diagnose physical diseases is fun to me, the fun pales in comparison to the reward I feel when I am able to use my psycho-intuitive abilities to benefit another.  Unsurprisingly, psychiatry continues to look very appealing to me.

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July 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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epicurus

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“Death is nothing to us since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.”

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July 11, 2012 at 3:16 am

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the plan for now

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Bringing even the basics of modern healthcare to the impoverished and exploited world requires both do-ers and supporters—the men and women on the front lines as well as the mindful many who support monetarily.

It just so happens that I want to pay off loans and grow a few kids in this lifetime.  In the first two decades after entering private practice, I will run my family modestly and give away what I can to one or two global health organizations.  After graduating the kids, I’ll make like a tree, leave home, and join the front lines for the remainder of my capable life on Earth.

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July 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Warren Buffet’s ovarian lottery

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“Some material things make my life more enjoyable; many, however, would not. I like having an expensive private plane, but owning a half-dozen homes would be a burden. Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.

My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious.

The reaction of my family and me to our extraordinary good fortune is not guilt, but rather gratitude. Were we to use more than 1% of my claim checks on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99% can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family: Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs. My pledge starts us down that course.” ~Warren Buffet on donating 99% of his wealth

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July 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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