You + Career ≠ Self Worth

It’s devastating to hear of yet another young doctor suicide in Australia.

As the papers report, the 4th known in 6 months; probably many more unreported.

That doesn’t include the statistics for other healthcare professionals in Australia, or of those who work within healthcare; and of course, those from non-healthcare professions, too.

We don’t know the victims personally, and we’re not going to pretend we know their story.

But we know our own stories.

The pressure of our careers and perfectionism in the age of Instagram is higher than ever, and we want to remind everyone:

Your career is not your value as a person.

We know it.

And we can give advice on how things can change in the healthcare profession.

Because, this may not surprise you, these exact same issues crop up in the startup world, too. 

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Book Review: Programming Your Mind For Success Through “She Means Business” by Carrie Green

We came across Carrie Green and The Female Entrepreneur Association via Facebook awhile ago. Having benefited from being a part of their community, and having experienced Carrie’s work firsthand, it was a delight to see that her book is now available worldwide.

Carrie's book

Carrie’s book “She Means Business” is available at Australian and international bookstores as well as online. Pic: The Medical Startup

We gain a lot of medical startup lessons from other industries, and Carrie has built an industry-agnostic community based on her experiences as a sole female founder of a tech company. She did this while studying Law in the UK, creating a mobile phone-unlocking business back in the pre-smartphone era. She taught herself how to build a website, and showed how just launching (even when she felt the website wasn’t that attractive) helped her business progress faster. (“Done is better than perfect” in many cases!) According to “She Means Business,” her business turned over $50,000 a month. But she was unhappy, and realised meaning was missing from her life.

 

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Interview with Dr Linny Kimly Phuong, Founder of The Water Well Project

Happy International Women’s Day!

Future Paediatrician Dr Linny Kimly Phuong created The Water Well Project as a solution to the problems she saw in migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with varied degrees of health literacy. This not-for-profit runs free health education sessions for people of refugee or asylum seeker background. Volunteer healthcare professionals host education sessions on common health topics, such as healthy eating, and navigating the Australian healthcare system.

It’s a win-win for all parties. Not only do attendees regain a much-needed focus on their health, and learn what healthcare resources are available to them, particularly after traumatic life events; healthcare professionals also improve their communication skills and life perspectives by meeting people of diverse backgrounds.

Dr Linny Kimly Phuong with other committee members at a City of Melbourne Awards presentation. Photo courtesy of Linny and The Water Well Project.
Dr Linny Kimly Phuong (2nd from left) with other committee members at a City of Melbourne Awards presentation. Photo courtesy of Linny and The Water Well Project.

The Water Well Project was named to represent the safe space and traditional communal meeting place where many communities worldwide meet and talk whilst collecting water.

Through her work, Linny has gathered a great team of volunteers to help deliver sessions around Victoria; and was a state finalist for the Young Australian of the Year, all whilst completing her General Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases training in Melbourne. If you’d like to support The Water Well Project through volunteering, donations or partnerships, please visit thewaterwellproject.org.

We learnt about Linny’s journey below.

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Job Listing: Australian Medical Startup Looking For Doctor

Surgical doctor Chandrashan Perera’s startup Nebula has recently been funded after its success in the Melbourne Accelerator Program last year. They’re now looking for another doctor to join their team in a paid non-clinical role.

Nebula’s tech solutions aim to help medicine by improving patient engagement with doctors; improving patients’ understanding of their conditions, and helping busy doctors spend more time looking after patients while collecting data for research.

Ideal Requirements:

  • Medical background (junior doctor is suitable, preferably with a surgical interest or background)
  • Amazing people skills including being able to meet with hospital directors, surgeons, insurance companies and so forth
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout Australia
  • Ability to present well at conferences and head up research projects, plus create medical and educational content

This is a varied role that will give you a taste of the startup life, whether you’re wanting a break from studies and fellowship training, or whether you’re deciding to leave clinical medicine fulltime in future to work on healthcare technology solutions. The skills you’d gain would be invaluable for your CV and resume, and would help build networks across the world for better patient care.

If you think you or your friend would be suitable, please contact chandra (at) nebulahealth.com.

 

The Rest Is Noise

We’ve borrowed the title of Alex Ross’ work on 20th-century music history to explore the effects of visual noise on user experience (UX).

Think about your hospital’s electronic medical record (EMR or DMR for digital). Think about your state or government’s ehealth websites for registration. Think about your community’s latest app for tracking fitness goals or sleep patterns. If you’re a patient, think about your blood glucose-monitoring diary on your smartphone. How user-friendly do you find them?

That’s the science of User Experience.

If a cafe can create a great user experience through design, why can't an EMR do the same? Urban Espresso, Coffs Coast. Pic: The Medical Startup
If a cafe can create a great user experience through design, why can’t an EMR do the same? Urban Espresso, Coffs Coast. Pic: The Medical Startup

How easily can you find the window you need?

How many sidebars and banner ads pop up or urge you to sign up for something?

If you’re a clinician, how many windows must you enter details and click through before you reach your patient’s details, let alone their blood results from this morning? How irritated do you feel when an alarm byte rings because there are too many dings and sound-effects distracting you from achieving your intention?

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Why Are You Doing This?

Why are you studying medicine?

Why are you working in healthcare?

Why are you wanting to change healthcare?

Why are you unhappy with the way things are right now?

If you’re stuck, no matter what journey you’re going through, it’s crucial to ask yourself your reasons for doing this.

I’ve realised that your “Why” is not just a short sentence that’s slipped into your pitch deck as neatly as your shirt is pressed.

Although by necessity you should keep your “Why” brief and memorable in your pitch deck or CV’s mission statement.

Your true “Why” encompasses more than that.

Your “Why” is a journey of growth, of exploration and maturity.

Your “Why” may change as your learnings  evolve over time.

You may have several “Whys” to contend with in your head. Some may remain the same, others will be shooting ahead at lightning speed.

That’s all okay.

I’ve been absolutely amazed at the conversations that have opened up from starting my blog, and new friendships. And I’ve realised that blogging has helped me connect with others in and out of healthcare figuring out their why.

I love helping others figuring out their why.

Your “why” can consist of both action or inaction at a point in time, and that’s okay.

You don’t have to shout out your reasons to the world. As long as you’re honest with yourself, you can start to move forward with purpose.

I was incredibly lucky to spend time travelling to one of the most culturally significant places in Australia, and catch up with family and friends over the festive season.

It was a hectic year. I learnt so much about healthcare, the startup world and about myself during that year.

I learnt what works for me, and what doesn’t.

I learnt to trust myself.

I learnt to speak up.

I learnt that my life is different from everybody else’s, and my decisions will reflect that, even if they don’t make sense to others.

And these are things that you will learn, or have learnt already, as you journey through your healthcare or startup adventure.

Leave a comment below, or contact me if you want to share what your why is at the moment, or what your why is for your journey through 2017.

Thanks for reading 🙂

New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you’ve had/are having a wonderful festive season, and look forward to sharing more news with you in 2017.

Here’s an exciting one. Want to be paid to innovate?

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston has a couple of world-class opportunities for Australian and international startups, individuals, and aspiring digital health innovators.

Read on to find out about opportunities at the world’s largest medical centre, home to a co-working space, Innovation Institute, accelerator (TMCx), Maker Lab, and more.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Thanks for enjoying our articles and posts this year. It has been amazing creating new conversations about medical innovation and entrepreneurship, and we’ve enjoyed meeting many of you at the various events we’ve reported on this year.

Have a happy and safe holiday season, and look forward to more in 2017.

Mayo Healthcare and Social Media Summit: Interview with Colleen Young, Community Director for Mayo Clinic Connect’s Online Patient Community

Colleen Young (@colleen_young on Twitter) is the Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect, an online community for patients and their loved ones to connect with others experiencing illness. Mayo Clinic Connect is  a unique platform that also educates users about their conditions, and has regular input from Mayo Clinic doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Colleen is also the founder of Health Care Social Media Canada (@hcsma or #hcsma on Twitter). She has conducted extensive academic research into the potential of social media to help along a patient’s journey through illness. She kindly took time to answer questions about her experiences in the lead-up to the Mayo Healthcare and Social Media Summit in Melbourne, where she’ll be speaking next week.

Colleen Young, Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect. Pic courtesy of Colleen Young.
Colleen Young, Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect. Pic courtesy of Colleen Young.

How has social media transformed healthcare? 

The connectivity that the social web has afforded people is the single biggest innovation in healthcare.

It’s taken away the terminal illness of isolation, brought people together so they can learn, recognise their knowledge and share with others. This is true for providers, policy makers, researchers, educators as well as patients and family caregivers.

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Mayo Healthcare & Social Media Summit: Interview with Simon Pase, Video Producer at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

We’re pleased to introduce Simon Pase, Video Producer at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Creative Studio.

The Royal Children's Hospital Creative Studio. Pic: courtesy of Alvin Aquino
The Royal Children’s Hospital Creative Studio. Pic: courtesy of Alvin Aquino

Simon and his team in Melbourne create educational videos, photography and other media for staff, patients and families at the RCH. Their work helps thousands of children and their families each year adjust to illness and the hospital experience. Their team have also produced educational content in healthcare systems outside of the RCH, and for events such as the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Producing high-quality videos for varied audiences in the medical system takes a variety of skills from media, journalism, education, and storytelling, with a large dose of compassion throughout.

Anyone with an idea for a healthcare startup or social impact project can benefit from storytelling skills, and Simon’s passion for his work shines through in his interview with us. You can also catch him speaking at the Mayo Healthcare and Social Media Summit in Melbourne, Australia in November.

Can you tell us about your career journey?

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