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William Carlos Williams prized the "medical badge" that would allow him "to follow the poor defeated body into those gulfs and grottos" even though he knew he would have less time to write and less energy to spare.
How do other people manage a demanding career and a need for creativity?
Jeanne Ray worked as a nurse and didn't pen her first NYT bestseller until she was 60; Kathy Reichs still consults in forensic anthropology; CJ Lyons and Elizabeth Berg quit medicine and nursing, respectively, for their writing.
On the other hand, Dr. Mike Ko is creative in his research as a thoracic surgeon, and Dr. Michael Sanatani uses music to help heal his oncology patients. Dr. Karen Chien picked up her guitar while on sabbatical, and Dr. Jennifer Wong enjoys playing the piano for fun instead of profit.
What would you like to do with your life?
Part of my presentation at the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Health Care (CUCOH).