My I Come From The Wizard Of Oz

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“Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven 't got: a diploma.” In 1939, The Wizard of Oz shared that thought with the Scarecrow on his desire to be given a brain. In 1991, as I completed and received my Doctorate of Medicine, I considered the idea of furthering my education, but decided that a productive income would probably be a better choice to embrace. Twenty three years later, a crossroads in life correlating with the changing world of healthcare, and I find myself more like the Scarecrow than ever before. There are individuals who have something that I haven’t got: a diploma, an MBA. And seeing that I’m not getting any younger, it appears the window of opportunity has opened to transition my professional career in a slightly different direction, to augment my private practice of caring for individuals by extending to a role that incorporates population based medicine and the business of healthcare.
Since graduation from high school, my life has had many twists and turns. I started my college career in music, quickly finding that music was a better choice as an avocation than my vocation. Next on my list was funeral service, which was a long story and family business idea. The life learning opportunity was phenomenal and more importantly for me, I got to know the chair of…

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