U.W.O. Meds '98
As some of you may know, we (Colin & Sara) met the first week of medical school at the University of Western Ontario (now the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry) in 1994 and have been together ever since. In the spring of this year, we were contacted by Jennifer Parraga from the Rapport Magazine, which is the Alumni Magazine for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry/Western University, about interviewing us for an article in their annual magazine. Having been proud graduates of the 1998 medical school class, we were of course thrilled to have been considered.
We wanted to feature this article in this week's newsletter, not to say "hey, look at us" but rather "hey, this article summarizes our journey to where we are and why we are committed to advocating for the well-being of our colleagues and their families". We haven't taken a straight path to date, nor do we anticipate a straight path moving forward, but rather it has been our experiences in life and in medicine that have led us to where we are today.
Ultimately, it was a face-to-face encounter with burnout that woke us up the reality of what so many of our physician colleagues and trainees are experiencing. As Jennifer quoted Colin in the article, "I was always exhausted,” he said. “I experienced persistent headaches, a lack of enthusiasm, a dread of work; I was no longer inspired and didn’t feel rejuvenated after time off.”
Knowing our family was far from alone in the impact of burnout, we knew that we had to be part of the solution - not only in our personal life, but also in the global medical community. In the words of Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
We're here to continue to throw stones.