I have worked in healthcare but more in nursing roles, phlebotomy etc. also did a few alternative medicine qualifications (nutrition, stress management)…..seemed a great idea at the time! Now that I am 40 I would rather be stress free and at least moderately contented than being stressed and miserable. I have ruled out now a return to medicine. A few of my friends were my peers at med school, but nobody with whom I could contact regarding this. However, given the fact I still have the title dr, when I get back to the UK I will approach a few consultants who might be interested in listening to our difficult plight. I would love to undertake a retrospective study with long term conditions and look at the course of their illness, maybe with a view to looking at prognostic factors. Some qualitative data would be good to assess patient’s own experiences.
What an excellent training ground you’ve had for being an advocate for our kind of problems – Medical School Doctorate, Phlebotomy, Nursing, Nutrition & Stress Management – I’d say IDEAL! You would be doing us all a GREAT service, if you get some consultants on-board, heaven knows we need it, we’ve been grossly neglected for far too long, it’s immoral!
I’d be more than happy to help with the retrospective study (fact-finding/analysis/etc), or anything that would further the cause, just say the word.