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Millennials in Medicine: Doctors of the Future – Daniel Wozniczka (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Dr. Daniel Wozniczka’s talk titled “Millennials in Medicine: Doctors of the Future” at TEDxNorthwesternU 2017 conference.

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I have a confession to make. For years now, I’ve had this deep, dark secret – my whole life, really – that I’ve never told anybody. But here and now, I think I’m ready to tell the world. So here goes: My confession is that I am a millennial. I know, it’s terrible. That’s the worst. What was I thinking when I decided to become a millennial, right?

I feel better already just having told you guys that. You know, millennials were a cohort of people born from the early or middle 1980s up until about the early 2000s, but that definition is pretty much the only thing that’s agreed upon for our generation.

Nevertheless, you guys have probably heard a lot of negative thoughts and stereotypes about us. You might have heard we’re narcissistic or entitled, that we’re lazy and unfocused, that we’re addicted to our telephones and obsessed with Instagram filters. Now, some of that may be true, but you don’t really hear about the positives too much.

As we all know, stereotypes don’t tell a whole story about a person, let alone a whole generation of millions. So, that being said, allow me to actually introduce myself formally. My name is Dr. Daniel Wozniczka. My patients just call me Dr. Dan. That’s what happens when you have a hard-to-pronounce Polish last name. I’m 29 years old, and in a few days, I’ll be finishing my internal medicine residency.

I’m also finishing two master’s degrees, one in business, my MBA, and one in public health, my MPH. I’m also a medical researcher. I’ve published in some peer-reviewed journals. And outside of medicine, I do a little bit as an entrepreneur. I’m either the founder or expert advisor for a couple different healthcare start-ups. Last but not least, I’ve worked as a congressional lobbyist, which is pretty much exactly what you think it is, on behalf of ACP, the American College of Physicians.

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