Our co-founders, Drs Nicole Swiner (#docswiner) and Mani Saint-Victor (#askDrMani), met at the Atlanta book launch for DocSwiner’s No Superwoman Complex.
They had heard about each other through mutual friends but this was their first time meeting face-to-face. Needless to say they hit it off.
While at DocSwiner’s book launch Dr Mani ran into Dr. Melva. Ironically, Dr Melva had been a bridesmaid in Dr Mani’s brother’s wedding so they had met before. They had a great conversation about Dr Melva’s current work in radiation oncology then the conversation turned to entrepreneurship. Dr Melva had a lot of insights and was actively working on some ventures. Dr Mani was in full geek mode by then.
They discussed the need to increase awareness in the physician community about opportunities to leverage the authority, expertise, and trust that comes from a medical doctorate to build assets. Essentially they spoke about escaping from the wage slavery trap that comes with the traditional way of thinking about medicine. Dr Melva shared some deep expertise of marketing and Dr. Mani went full swoon.
Shortly thereafter Dr Mani was talking to Dr. Ericka. She was explaining how she was licensed in several states and got to travel a lot. Dr Ericka shared how she had taken a whole new approach to locum tenens that allowed her to practice psychiatry in a way that she enjoyed with much less bureaucracy. By then Dr Mani’s mind was spinning as he was trying to explain the vision and how it was now in overdrive in his mind. Good thing he was talking to a psychiatrist. She was able to follow the nonlinear flow enough to understand what he was imagining.
A few weeks later, Dr. Mani and DocSwiner are on the phone exchanging ideas and finding overlap in their visions. This was Dr Mani’s first time learning DocSwiner’s favorite principle for stress relief, “Don’t overthink it, homie.” Little did she know how magical that phrase would be for Dr. Mani and the whole publishing process. #TAQMMantra
DocSwiner and Dr Mani clarified the idea into a vision into a cause and put out a call to action for like-minded physicians. The response was phenomenal. We found a diverse team of physicians feeling the same pains and having the same fears that we shared. Beyond that we found that our colleagues had found and implemented solutions, overcome many obstacles, and developed a positive mindset that allows them to share their journey to inspire others.
As each author wrote their chapter we discovered that we were able to build even deeper relationships while we did the work of getting to know ourselves better through sharing our experiences and helping each other through the everyday struggles that even doctors face but often don’t discuss. We became closer while writing Thinking about Quitting Medicine while reexamining some of the toughest moments that we experienced in our journey to become physicians. We grew stronger as we examined these experiences together and found that we are not alone, crazy, or ungrateful. We’re not distracted our lazy. We’re all just visionaries. Together we’re synergistic and able to help others who are where we have been to think through their current situation and make the best decision for their lives and careers.
This is the essence of Thinking About Quitting Medicine. We welcome you and look forward to sharing the emerging aspects of our journey with you.