When you bring up the idea of moving abroad, do your mentors and colleagues:
- Give you the side eye?
- Say “What? You can’t do that!”
- Just think you’re plain weird
Do you end up wondering, “What AM I doing?”
Then you’ve got to watch our latest vlog, with Dr. Shailvi Gupta, a Trauma Surgeon, who now lives in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Gupta talks about what it took to be able to live in Barcelona while continuing to work clinically and operate in the US.
- Why she and her family moved to Barcelona, Spain
- What happened when she told her boss, “I don’t want to live in the US”
- How she took a 2-year break from clinical surgery, and what it felt like to jump back in
- What happened in May of her fellowship year, when she wasn’t interviewing for jobs, and didn’t have a contract in hand
- How she responded to the nay-sayers
- The sanest thing she did
- What she wishes she had thought about earlier
- Her advice for fellow surgeons
Watch it! It’s that good!
Moving abroad as a physician is not easy, and yes, there is a lot of uncertainty.
But Dr. Gupta reminds me that you don’t have to follow the same path as your mentors or colleagues. And you may have to put your blinders on to create your dream life abroad.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
What’s your biggest “aha” from this conversation?
Let me know in the comments below.
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Always rooting for you,