Here is the full transcript of pediatrician Christi Hay’s TEDx Talk: A Doctor’s Standard Career Path – And The Path I Chose at TEDxFoggyBottom conference.
Listen to the MP3 Audio: A doctor’s standard career path – and the path I chose by Christi Hay at TEDxFoggyBottom
Christi Hay – Pediatrician
I’m a doctor. We doctors are not typically considered risk takers.
Our path is pretty safe. We go to college, take pre-med school courses, some would go to graduate school and get a master’s degree, and then complete four years of medical school. After medical school, there is residency fellowship for three to seven years. Once all that training is done, most of us go and work in a hospital for a provider, like Kaiser, or in private practice.
Like I said, pretty safe path. But I left this path for something different. And I would like to share that journey with you today.
I followed this blueprint with every intention on being a lifelong employee of a hospital. I love to teach. I have a master’s in public health, in health behavior, health education. I love my specialty – pediatrics.
So, I thought the best fit for me would be a physician in a pediatric teaching hospital. But after eight years, something was missing. So I made the switch to private practice. In private practice, I love the families, but the business of medicine, not so much.