From Sam - Why I am Doing This

I didn't set out to be an entrepreneur. I set out just to be able to graduate from med school and become a doctor.

I had a small detour when I hit my hit in an accident and almost died. I was told I'd never be a doctor. I worked my ass off to prove I was more than the ‘head injury’ label I now carried.

I got my medical degree in 2003 and started working as an intern at Dunedin hospital. I remember getting home one night after midnight, totally exhausted.

This wasn't what I signed up for.

I was burnt out. I was working 16-hour days, working sometimes 12 days in a row, and while that is par for the course when you’re a doctor, I’d forgotten why I was doing it in the first place. In the minimal time I had off I just wanted to sleep and I barely had enough time get my washing done and go grocery shopping before I had to be up again Monday morning to start another grueling week.

One day I was standing in the emergency department, looking at all the other doctors who followed the same path and ended up where I did.  Burnt out. Disillusioned. Thinking to themselves, "Is this really worth it?"

Then I looked over and saw an 8-year old girl who had fallen out of a tree.  Luckily, all she had was a broken arm. I watched as one of my colleagues comforted her, and turned what would have been the worst experience of her life into a moment when she realised that other people, good people, cared about her and would do whatever they could to help her. 

She asked her mother, "Why does that lady want to help me? I never did anything for her."

Her mother looked at her and matter of factly said, "She's a doctor, dear. That's what they do."

That's the moment it hit me.

That's why it's worth it.

And that's the day I decided I had to do something for my fellow colleagues, and for all the young men and women who were working their asses off in med school, and all the kids who were dreaming about the idea of growing up to become doctors.

I didn't know how I was going to do it. I just knew in that moment that I had to do something.

I started a medical staffing agency called MedRecruit. My goal was to help doctors match up what they wanted with hospitals that would be a good fit for them. My outcome wasn't just to place doctors into a job, like all the other agencies do; my outcome was to help doctors have an exceptional life. And to me, that means having an exceptional career, providing exceptional care, and having an equally exceptional and gratifying life outside of the hospital.

I believe that doctors living exceptional lives change people’s worlds, so in 2015 I also set up MedCapital to help doctors master their wealth. It’s a ‘one-stop-shop’ to handle all aspects of wealth because I know that I struggled trying to manage an accountant, a lawyer, an investment adviser, an insurance broker, multiple banks etc. in an integrated way. No one can do it effectively, and to be honest I think doctors have better things to focus on. I also founded MedWorld to celebrate exceptional doctors and to share their lessons to help other doctors.

Looking back, I guess the reason my small agency has grown to being one of the top medical staffing agencies in Australasia is because of that one idea - we're just people who want to help other people in our community, like the 8-year old girl who fell from the tree. We're called ‘doctors’, but more than that we're fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husbands, and wives too. The quality of our lives affects the quality of so many other people - people in need; people who are hurt, who need our help to heal. People who might be facing the most difficult and terrifying challenge in their lives. We're their hope. We're their guidance. We're the hand they hold when all hope is lost. They are counting on us.

I will continue to do whatever I can to make our experience as doctors exceptional so we can make the experience of every patient who enters a hospital exceptional.

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I didn't set out to be an entrepreneur. I set out just to be able to graduate from med school and become a doctor.

I had a small detour when I hit my hit in an accident and almost died. I was told I'd never be a doctor. I worked my ass off to prove I was more than the ‘head injury’ label I now carried.

I got my medical degree in 2003 and started working as an intern at Dunedin hospital. I remember getting home one night after midnight, totally exhausted.

This wasn't what I signed up for.

I was burnt out. I was working 16-hour days, working sometimes 12 days in a row, and while that is par for the course when you’re a doctor, I’d forgotten why I was doing it in the first place. In the minimal time I had off I just wanted to sleep and I barely had enough time get my washing done and go grocery shopping before I had to be up again Monday morning to start another grueling week.

One day I was standing in the emergency department, looking at all the other doctors who followed the same path and ended up where I did.  Burnt out. Disillusioned. Thinking to themselves, "Is this really worth it?"

Then I looked over and saw an 8-year old girl who had fallen out of a tree.  Luckily, all she had was a broken arm. I watched as one of my colleagues comforted her, and turned what would have been the worst experience of her life into a moment when she realised that other people, good people, cared about her and would do whatever they could to help her. 

She asked her mother, "Why does that lady want to help me? I never did anything for her."

Her mother looked at her and matter of factly said, "She's a doctor, dear. That's what they do."

That's the moment it hit me.

That's why it's worth it.

And that's the day I decided I had to do something for my fellow colleagues, and for all the young men and women who were working their asses off in med school, and all the kids who were dreaming about the idea of growing up to become doctors.

I didn't know how I was going to do it. I just knew in that moment that I had to do something.

I started a medical staffing agency called MedRecruit. My goal was to help doctors match up what they wanted with hospitals that would be a good fit for them. My outcome wasn't just to place doctors into a job, like all the other agencies do; my outcome was to help doctors have an exceptional life. And to me, that means having an exceptional career, providing exceptional care, and having an equally exceptional and gratifying life outside of the hospital.

I believe that doctors living exceptional lives change people’s worlds, so in 2015 I also set up MedCapital to help doctors master their wealth. It’s a ‘one-stop-shop’ to handle all aspects of wealth because I know that I struggled trying to manage an accountant, a lawyer, an investment adviser, an insurance broker, multiple banks etc. in an integrated way. No one can do it effectively, and to be honest I think doctors have better things to focus on. I also founded MedWorld to celebrate exceptional doctors and to share their lessons to help other doctors.

Looking back, I guess the reason my small agency has grown to being one of the top medical staffing agencies in Australasia is because of that one idea - we're just people who want to help other people in our community, like the 8-year old girl who fell from the tree. We're called ‘doctors’, but more than that we're fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husbands, and wives too. The quality of our lives affects the quality of so many other people - people in need; people who are hurt, who need our help to heal. People who might be facing the most difficult and terrifying challenge in their lives. We're their hope. We're their guidance. We're the hand they hold when all hope is lost. They are counting on us.

I will continue to do whatever I can to make our experience as doctors exceptional so we can make the experience of every patient who enters a hospital exceptional.

 11112461_825877010830193_3431113824804139189_n.jpg

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  • published this page in MedWorld Blog 2016-05-18 15:15:52 +1200