I have always loved reading. My introduction to the field of medicine was a combination of Bring Your Daughter to Work Day with my amazing nurse practitioner mother and reading a series of books about sick children and realizing I wanted to learn enough to help people like the characters. As a kid, once I graduated from Barbie dolls, I would ask my father to take me to the book store on report card day, so I could pick out a bunch of books. Things haven’t changed much. There is always a book (or two or three…but now mostly from the library) on my bedside bookshelf, and it’s usually fiction.
Writing has been a longtime love, coming easy to me as long as I have an engaging topic or clear direction. About one year ago, I was in a yoga class when our instructor said “What are you waiting for? Why not now?” She encouraged us to pursue anything we were thinking about, as opposed to waiting for the “perfect” time. I had been thinking about writing medical thought pieces for a few years, loving the books and NY Times opinion-editorials (“op-eds”) by Dr. Atul Gawande and Dr. Danielle Ofri. This little moment of clarity during down dog was the kinetic energy I needed to start typing and submitting. After all, I already had a bunch of things partially written, just collecting dust in my Google docs. The time was now.
My first medidal opinion publication was in 2017. 2018 has been a banner year for me. I have written for KevinMD (a healthcare social media blog), op-ed pieces for The Buffalo News, pieces for Doximity (a closed social network for physicians and other advanced practice providers), and started a blog called The Pensive Physician (this is my eleventh post). I was invited to apply for, and was accepted into, the Doximity author’s program, which involves a monthly article for the 2018-2019 year. This has encouraged me to write regularly and I am thankful for this opportunity. I love writing about the experience of being a physician, a physician mother, and the things I have learned from my patients. There are so many topics that I am passionate about: advancing women in medicine, the gender pay gap and increasing women in medical leadership. As for future plans? I aspire to one day write for the NY Times or other national news outlets.
I think often of my feelings when I ran my first race. Now I run half marathons yearly but when preparing for my first adult 5K, my sole goal was to beat the ambulance, and ideally to have a few people behind me. A successful and smart professional friend came up at a fundraiser recently to tell me she liked my blog posts; this was pretty awesome. Whether there are fifty or fifty thousand people reading my writing, I hope to continue to make connections, disseminate information and have at least a few people behind me.
2017-2018 Writing: What a Feat! 26 Medical Opinion Publications
November 8, 2017-KevinMD
December 3, 2017-The Pensive Physician Blog
January 4, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
January 17, 2018-The Buffalo News
January 26, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
February 2, 2018-Doximity
February 12, 2018-Kevin MD
March 7, 2018-Kevin MD
March 21, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
March 30, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
April 24, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
May 8, 2018
Another Voice: Buffalo schools should keep their trusted nurses
May 17, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
June 1, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
June 27, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
July 2, 2018-Doximity
August 17, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
September 3, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
September 6, 2018-Doximity
October 1, 2018-Doximity
October 7, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
November 1, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
November 7, 2018-Doximity
November 15, 2018-The Pensive Physician Blog
November 28, 2018-Doximity