2015 has been a year filled with change, and as I reflect back on all the events – both professional and personal – I thought I’d share some highlights and observations and maybe an insight or two.
Highlights of 2015
- January 2015 – Living and Working in Arizona
- March 2015 – My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah
- May 2015 – Our dog, Lexi, passed away
- June 2015 – Skylar, our new puppy, joined our family
- September 2015 – Move back to New York City and start practicing at NYU Langone Internal Medicine Associates
- December 2015 – Assume the role of Medical Director, NYU Langone Internal Medicine Associates
Observations of 2015
I’ve always been a fan of data – it helps me professionally, and I’ve been tracking my running (Runkeeper) since 2010, and have been tracking activity with a Fitbit since mid 2013. What I realize that I do professionally that I don’t often do personally, is reflect on the data. As a physician, at every patient encounter I reflect on information about a patient – medications, lab tests and symptoms – which can lead to insight for their condition.
So I took a moment to reflect on my own data – so far in 2015
- over 3,700,000 steps taken (some bigger than others)
- I’ve run over 350 miles this year
- My best running month was April, I ran 50 miles
- My worst running month was July – I ran less than 10 miles
- My average pace was 9:28 per mile
- I average 6.3 hours of sleep a night
- I wrote 17 blog entries
- TheDiagnosisMD has been visited by over 1300 people
As I reflect, I draw connections
- My running decreased over the summer significantly – partly because it was summer in Arizona, but also because there was a lot of transition being planned.
- My running pace varied with the temperature – slower in the Arizona summer heat
- Running in NYC involves more traffic and hills than in AZ!
- My more popular blog posts are those that I write either from a more personal perspective or give an opinion, rather than a pure medical topic for the sake of education
So, as we move forward to 2016 I hope to stay consistent in running, and reflect on my data to see how I can improve.
I will write from a more personal voice, and hope to combine education with perspective to keep this blog interesting
I hope in my new role as Medical Director I can apply the same lessons – reflect on data to gain insight and improve they way we practice – allowing my colleagues and I to work smarter, deliver outstanding care to our patients and make our office one of the pre-eminent practices of Internal Medicine in New York City.
The path to wellness begins with a proper diagnosis