During different stages of my medical career, I've been described by mentors and professors that I've worked with as "novel", "eccentric", and an "out-of-the-box thinker". I used to take these random assessments at face value. I used to think that maybe these people understood my curiosity, appreciated my inquisitiveness, and applauded my efforts to turn every clinical question into an intellectual exercise. Now though, as I've risen through the medical ranks and have become myself a student and resident advisor, an interviewer, and a character evaluator, I've come to realize that all those eclectic words were just the professionally polite way of saying that I'm a weird guy.
Okay, okay, I get it. I'm not someone who likes to abide by convention. I'm not someone who likes to sit around and have someone tell me how I should listen, talk, and interact with my patients. People are more complicated than that. Science is constantly evolving. Practice guidelines and clinical dogma devised years and decades ago are often not applicable today. So what if I'm going to spend my office time talking about Glee and Isaac Newton and New Year's Resolutions instead of running down a laundry list of the complications of obesity and PCOS for Amy and her mom? You sure are never going to find that kind of clinical practice or interviewing skill covered in any peer reviewed scientific journal. And I dare say that my method of delivering care, however eccentric, may actually be more effective too!
Lately though, I've noticed my penchant for novelty and passion for change escaping and reflecting in my running and blogging. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. You guys may have already seen instances of that by my subscription to twitter and the dailymile last week, and my utilization of an entirely different approach to marathon preparation as detailed in my NJM training plan. What you probably don't know is that I've totally revamped my training log to de-emphasize mileage and focus on heart rate and pacing. I'm also doing workouts that I've traditionally sworn off before (like specific hill training and Yasso 800s). I have also started writing up a daily assessment of my runs in relation to goals and objectives I have for that particular. (I will start posting them on the sidebar for those interested in following along.) In terms of blogging, I also noticed that I run faster and better after writing posts (which I've found is unanimously frowned upon by my twittering friends) and sometimes, just thinking of what I'm going to write while I'm running freaks me out and causes my heart rate to rise uncontrollably. (Yeah, I can't explain it either!)
So the secret is out - I'm a weird and eclectic guy - as a doctor, as a runner, and as a blogger! At least I'm consistently freaky in all parts of life. Right? Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is entirely up to you!