Place: Biology class. Video running, showing us the movie Outbreak.
This was a defining moment in my life; I had been hesitating whether to honor the family tradition and be a doctor, or pursue my writing/literary aspirations. Outbreak glorified combating disease. I want to do THAT. It was just so unbelievably cool, and majestic, and idealistic.
What I failed to realize that I wanted to be an epidemiologist; not a physician who treats individual cases. I wanted to solve mysteries, study disease patterns and natural history.
I wanted to be the Sherlock Holmes of medicine, not the guys that get information handed out to them on a platter — the clinicians. But I will only come to that realization 14 years later, after an enlightening trial and error game with medicine.
Epidemiology, as I am studying it now in my postgrad years, is fascinating beyond belief. I fell in love with it from day one!
As I was reading some articles now, Outbreak flashed back in my head…. and I wondered how my life would’ve turned out if I skipped school that day.