The Nomadic Pediatrician

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

If you had told me 10 years ago while I was walking down to the beach in sunny San Diego that one day this California kid would be sitting in a hotel room in Huntsville, TX in the middle of an international pandemic working on the launch of this blog, I would have called you Crazy. Life, however, never really goes the way you imagine it will, and maybe it’s for the Best. The path that got me to where I am today is twisted, unconventional and curious, but most importantly, it has been constantly guided by my thirst for adventure, my inability to settle and my procrastination to settle down.

So, Hi! I’m Trevor and I am a Pediatrician (See About Me for more information on who I am). Specifically, I work as a Locum Tenens Pediatrician. Latin for “place holder” (according to Wikipedia), I have the role of doing substitute work where there is need throughout the country in General Pediatrics. If a clinic or hospital is short staffed due to lack of physicians in the area, sick/maternity leave or extra help, I get called in to help out. I may be at a job for 1 day or 1 month or even 1 year, but for the most part, the future is uncertain and taken one day at a time. I have had the opportunity to start work in “permanent” positions; however, I have never been satisfied with straight forward paths and sought out a different journey. While many of my mentors have advised against this track, I have gone this route to truly push myself into the wilderness and variety of medicine and to grow as not only a physician, but also as a person. Having lived outside of my home town I’ve learned how big the country is and having lived outside of my country I’ve learned how big the world is. World Knowledge, therefore, can only be acquired by the experiences of other cultures, view points and practices. For this reason, and more I’ll share later, I decided to become a Nomadic Pediatrician.

I started this blog to document and share my journey with friends and family, colleagues and medical learners and those not in the medical community who have always asked me, “Is your life like Grey’s Anatomy?”

I am Not writing this to give Medical Advise. I am not writing this to discuss non-science/medically related political views. I am not writing this to advertise, support or advocate for Medical Treatments, including pharmaceuticals, medical supplies or medical fashion.

I Am writing this for those of you that are non-medical, such that you may see a little bit into the life of a Doctor. For those medical students and learners, such that you may take some tangible advice or follies and keep them in mind as your career advances. For my colleagues and mentors, such that we may continue to reflect on the impact of our choices and always retain humility. And, for myself, such that hopefully with being nomadic, I will find Myself.

– Trevor

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