As a formerly idealistic pediatrician whose eventual disappointment in clinical practice led to her leaving medicine altogether, Maggie Kozel MD has put into words what I felt about being a practicing physician and have been unable to express adequately!
Dr Kozel’s newly released memoir, “The Color of Atmosphere – One Doctor’s Journey Into and Out of Medicine” (reviewed here in my last post) provides a poignant look into the aspirations of a young woman who found the perfect escape from her dysfunctional household – Medicine.
After life as a doctor in the “universal healthcare system” of the Navy, she entered private practice in the civilian world that most of you and I know – only to discover how mismatched she was to the role that was being demanded of her by insurers and even her patients.
I won’t repeat my review here, but instead, I invite you to listen to an interview with chemistry teacher Dr Kozel on Easter break from her school last week.
In our 25-minute conversation, we explore:
- her thoughts about her “physician’s identity”
- what drove her to become a published author
- how she learned to write
- what she chose to do instead of clinical practice
- what life after medicine has been like for her and her family
- what is currently absorbing her attention
Listen here to the podcast interview and then rejoin us on this page to add your comments!