WHY I Quit Plastic Surgery Residency


Alright, what is going on guys? For those of you who are new here,
my name is Dr. Kevin Jubbal. I graduated medical school in 2017, matched into plastic surgery
and in 2018, I quit. So last week, I showed you what my
last day of residency was like. It’s kind of a trip for me to even watch that because it’s like such a mix of emotions. And in this video,
I’m gonna explain why I quit. Now if you’re too impatient
to watch the whole video, I think this makes sense
if you do watch the whole video, but if you just want to get straight
to the chase, it’s essentially
because I had two great options and because there’s only 24 hours
in a day, I had to choose one. It really just boils down to that. Now there is a lot that went
into this decision and it was actually very hard for me
to just say it in a linear fashion because there’s so many different things
coming in at different times. So I made a Notability note on my iPad. I’m gonna be referring to this,
while I talk you guys through it. First of all, the structure of this video. There’s gonna be timestamps down in the description,
so you can jump to each part. There will be four parts. First, the four most common questions I get and the brief answers to that. Number two, some background information that I think is important
to understand why I quit. Number three, the actual thought process and the exercises that led to my decision. And then number four, The Aftermath and what comes next for me
and for the YouTube channels, etc. Alright, so first,
the four most common questions. The most, the number one
most common question I get is, “Why did you hate it? “Why did you not like residency?” “Why did you– you must
have quit because you hated it.” That’s not true. The reason I quit is not
because I didn’t like plastic surgery. I think by far, I mean again, I am biased but I think that plastic surgery by far is the coolest, most innovative, sci-fi,
exciting, beautiful field in all of medicine. So it’s not because I hated plastic surgery. The next question is those who
are not in medicine and they say, “Why did you throw it all away?” “You did pre-med, you got into med school, you worked hard there, you got into residency and now you’re just throwing it all away
starting from scratch. That seems so counterintuitive. Why would you do that?’ My answer to that is
I’m not throwing it all away. In fact, what I’m doing now
requires me to have earned my MD and have matched
into a competitive specialty, like plastics. And number three,
this one comes from people who are usually in medicine, although last week I was speaking to a lawyer, she knows a lot of people in medicine, and she was like, “What the hell? Why would you quit Plastics? What is wrong with you? Like Plastics is top of the top!” And I mean, I get what she’s–
where she’s coming from. Because plastic surgery is very competitive. Depending on the data set you look at, it’s either the number 1 or number 2
most competitive specialty to get into. If you want to know more about
which specialties are competitive, I actually made a video today
on the Med School Insiders channel, going over the top 5
most competitive specialties. And the fourth most common question
I get is, “What happens to MSI? You can’t, you can’t have quit residency
and then still work on MSI.” I kind of see where that’s coming from but it doesn’t… it doesn’t make sense because Med School Insiders is about empowering pre-meds
and medical students, and helping them get into either
med school or residency. And our customers have been super happy because we have the systems in place
that produce amazing results. And whether or not I’m in residency,
that doesn’t change anything. Our company is not Residency Insiders.
Right? So, I’m not helping residents get
into fellowship. But based on, you know,
excelling as a pre-med, excelling in medical school, getting into a super competitive
residency like Plastics, I haven’t lost any credibility, any experience, any expertise, when it comes to what
Med School Insiders does. Alright, so part number two,
let’s go over some background. I’m gonna keep this brief but it is necessary to go over this to really understand why I quit. Now, I like to think that
this started in med school when I started like essentially,
my first significant company, but people who know me better
would argue I started sooner, so I’ll go over that. So first in middle school, I was–
I used to draw cars. I’ve been drawing cars
since I was four years old and I would sell them to other students for their lunch money as like a sixth grader. So that was like my first entrepreneurial venture, if you will. Soon after that, still in middle school, I started making
and selling these duct tape wallets, which were like a thing back then. I don’t know why. Then in high school,
I started this tutoring company with my brother called ‘SummIT Up Tutoring.’ Essentially, he and I were tutoring
other students and, through word of mouth alone, people heard that we were really good, so we got a lot of customers. And it got to the point where we’re like, “We need to study for our own classes, we can’t tutor like 15 students every week. That’s just not possible.” So to scale, we actually looked to our friends who were performing well and said, “Hey will you tutor for us? We’ll give you customers,
you pay us a commission.” So essentially, we hired tutors to help us
with our high customer load. Now in medical school, I totally
fell in love with plastic surgery. It’s this beautiful, amazing, high-tech,
super innovative field, and I got interested in health care start-ups,
biomedical innovation. Now my medical school didn’t have any dedicated
bio-medical incubators for students. So, I decided to make one
and I did all this research– Again, this wasn’t for like credit or anything, I was just really passionate about it. So I read textbooks
and I read primary literature, and I decided to model this incubator
after Stanford’s Biodesign. So what we do is,
we take medical students, business students and engineering students, put them on these interdisciplinary teams, give them the resources and mentorship and help them create healthcare start-ups. So this thing like took off. It was really really exciting, actually. I remember flying back from Cape Town to give a presentation to Janet Napolitano, who is the president of the entire UC system. I mean it was like, it was wild! We secured funding. We were in multiple different news articles. The engineering podcast interviewed us. It was wild. It was awesome times. Soon after that in October of 2016,
I started Med School Insiders. And that was a lot of fun because for the first time, I felt like all the lessons that I had learned over the past eight years, you know, between college and med school, I was finally able to share them
with other people. And in a way that like, you know, before when we were doing tutoring in high school, that was like small-scale but now I was reaching thousands, millions of people. And the most rewarding part
was I would get these messages or these comments or these emails saying, “You know, I was struggling with my classes or I wasn’t in a happy place” or all these different issues, “but hey,
after watching your videos,” like even my first ever video on study strategies, “now I’m just like crushing it.” And I be like like f*** yeah, dude. More power to you and that was a lot of fun. That was– I didn’t realize how exciting and rewarding that aspect alone would be. Okay, now one more thing
about the background. Before starting residency, there were a lot of people who kind of felt that I was more of an
entrepreneur than a surgeon. One of the residents I worked with
during an away rotation, he didn’t say this to me. He said this to another resident
but I found out after I quit. He was like, “Yeah, I don’t think Kevin’s gonna
make it through residency because he has all these interests
outside of surgery and if you’re going to go through
a surgical residency, surgery has to be like your life.” And then there was also my friend’s dad,
who is a venture capitalist, also didn’t say this to my face but he was like, “Yeah”, this– again,
this is a venture capitalist, so like his entire career, the last 30, 40 years have just been finding
and investing entrepreneurs. So the first day I meet him, he doesn’t say this to me but I find out later that… After that first day, he was like,
“Yeah, Kevin’s an entrepreneur!” And again, as a VC, they say,
“You bet on the jockey not the horse.” So he knows the personality type. He knows– He knew very quickly
that I was an entrepreneur at heart. Okay number three. The thought process and the actual decision. This is probably what you guys
care about the most. So I’m walking to the OR. June 30th, 2017. Chair of department is there
and one of my senior residents, and first day, they gave me the scalpel and we’re doing Dupuytren’s contracture release. It’s like this, this hand contracture. And there were like,
“Yeah, just don’t cut any nerves.” and I was like, “What, this is wild!” And I love operating. It was just– There’s this thing about
operating where you get into flow. The time just flies by. There’s this– You see this issue and you use your hands to solve
that problem. It’s– I just couldn’t imagine myself
doing anything other than surgery. It just… it’s just so cool. Now, as you can imagine,
surgical residency is challenging. And at the same time,
I was balancing Blue LINC, the biomedical incubator
as well as Med School Insiders, as well as being a resident in the hospital as well as studying
when I went back home. So, there was a lot to do
and not enough time. There just weren’t enough hours in a day. Okay, so you guys may be wondering
right now. “Well, I got a friend, I got an uncle,
I got a cousin who, you know, as a resident,
also doing a lot of things.” It’s important to know two things. So first in the US,
there’s an 80-hour restriction. So the ACGME says, “Residents can work
up to 80 hours a week on average.” Average over four weeks,
and in other countries… So in the EU, you know, the UK,
other European countries, there is a 48-hour restriction. So they need to be working 48 hours or less. I know in some other European countries,
it’s even lower than that. And that’s the direction
that we should be going. We– Residents do not need to be working
80 hours to be effective doctors. But that’s a topic for another video. And then secondly,
it’s surgical versus non surgical. So on average,
if you are in a surgical residency like Plastics, Ortho, Neurosurgery,
General surgery, then you’re gonna be working more hours
than non-surgical like anesthesia or emergency medicine. Awesome specialties
but you’re not going to be working on average as many hours
as someone surgical. So, if I was Anesthesia
or Emergency Medicine both of which I think
are really cool interesting specialties, will I still be in residency? Possibly. Hard to say. Okay, so obviously, to balance all these things
was intense to say the least. I was told by multiple people that, “Kevin, you are the most productive
person I have ever met.” And I’d be, like,
“Yeah thanks, you know, I try.” But I think they were probably thinking like “No, no dude that’s…
you’re a little bit too extreme. You need to tone it down.” Like I had every single minute of my day, like so surgically precise and so optimized. When I would wake up, I would use the toilet for ten minutes
and then I’m like going through my emails. My breakfast was optimized
because when you’re operating, you usually don’t eat for like
most of the day. I would ride my bike to work,
I wouldn’t drive. Because by biking, I would actually,
save about 60 seconds on my commute because I live very close. But more importantly,
I would get my cardio in, so I wouldn’t have to spend time
elsewhere doing cardio. If I was waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for food at a restaurant, I would pull out my phone and start doing Anki flashcards. Like it was, it was intense. Next, The Decline. So obviously, this is not sustainable. I found myself getting sick,
I wasn’t as happy. I felt like I was always working because I was always working. I was getting lonely. You know, you work six days
per week in residency and during that seventh day, usually it should be like hanging out
with friends and relaxing. I was just playing catch-up
on Blue LINC or Med School Insiders. I feel like the level of efficiency that I had in med school was good and sustainable, but in residency, it got to
like too much of an extreme. It was just trying to do
too many things into a little time. I don’t think it was healthy. I eventually realized that I couldn’t– I needed the help of some
other people to realize this. I realized that I couldn’t sustain
this for six years. Plastic surgery residency is six years
and something had to change. Essentially what that came down to is, I can’t do both plastic surgery
and entrepreneurship. It’s just not gonna work. Now, if you guys don’t already know,
I’m a huge Tim Ferriss fan. Listen to his podcast. Read all his books. And he has this TED talk, it’s called ‘Fear Setting’. And in this TED talk, he suggests
you write three sheets. First you write what you’re afraid
of doing at the top. So for me it’s like,
“What if I quit plastic surgery?” And then you have three sheets. The first sheet you write what you fear. “If I quit plastic surgery, I’m afraid of A, B, C and D.” “How would I prevent these fears
from happening?” And “How would I repair these fears
if they did come true?” The next sheet was Benefits. “What are the benefits of doing this action
that you so fear?” The third is, “The cost of inaction.” So essentially like Opportunity Cost. “By not doing this action,
what are you losing out on?” So those are the three that he recommends. I took it a step further and added
two more sheets of my own. One, was a Pros and Cons list. So I had ‘Plastic Surgery’, ‘Entrepreneurship’ and then doing both Plastic Surgery
and Entrepreneurship. And under each of these, I had
two columns of ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’. And I realized that by doing
both Plastics and Entrepreneurship, I was going to suck at both. You– I wanted to be an excellent surgeon
and be an excellent entrepreneur, but by trying to do both,
I wouldn’t be excellent at either. And then the last sheet I made was notes. Just a sheet to track all of the conversations and various notes I’ve had
over the weeks and months. After spending several hours
on that exercise, it became pretty clear. I was like, “Oh, I need to quit
Plastic surgery residency.” Like damn! That is, that is extreme! And obviously, I did not act on that. I wanted to not rush into anything, not do anything foolish because once you quit, you cannot go back. Especially with Plastic surgery residency because again, it’s one of
the most competitive specialties. It has a surgical, like culture
so it just wouldn’t fly. So I sat with it and every day,
every night for weeks and months, I would have this journal, a paper journal not a phone because again, all the optimization and having that backlight
would keep me up at night, so I had a paper journal at night and I would have this scale, “How much do I want to do entrepreneurship? How much I want to do plastic surgery? If I could only choose one.” And every single night it was
Entrepreneurship. It was never on the side of
just doing Plastics. So I also did this eulogy exercise from Steve Covey’s,
‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’. Now essentially, what I learned
from this exercise is that I want to make the largest positive
impact that I can in the world and I felt that entrepreneurship
was the avenue through which I was much more
likely to be successful in doing that. And with Plastic surgery, yeah,
I would be helping people it would be…
I think I would be a great surgeon and I don’t mean to sound cocky
when I say that. I think that I had the skill set that would be conducive
to being a great surgeon and I cared about my patients. I think I had good bedside manner, I think, like I have, I’m great with my hands. I’ve been doing drawing or fine,
like tiny model cars and everything since I was a kid, so my motor skills were there. In fact, when I did my away rotations in Plastic surgery, at least
one attending at each institution, sometimes even the program directors
or the chairs would comment that I was operating at a skillset
beyond my years, like, “Why are you operating at a… at a second or third year resident level
when you’re a fourth year med student?” So I loved that, but that was–
my ego was getting in the way. I was like, “Oh, I’m gonna be this
great surgeon, I’m gonna be so good with my hands”, but ultimately, I would make a bigger impact
if I’m doing business and helping the world through entrepreneurship. So I kind of had to let the ego die
a little bit when I said, “You know what, being a surgeon
and entrepreneur would be badass but I got to choose one
and I think what’s best for the world and ultimately what
I think would be best for me because of that, is entrepreneurship. Now, a lot of you right now
are probably thinking that, “Damn, Kevin is crazy!” And I mean what I did is not reasonable. A lot of startups fail, a lot of like, like the safer thing to do would have been
to stick with Plastic surgery residency, to become a plastic surgeon,
help people live a great life, like everything’s taken care of. That’s the safe path, it’s a good path. But doing entrepreneurship,
while it is riskier, I am betting on myself, I believe that I have what it takes
to essentially come out on top. So I spoke with a lot of mentors
before I made the decision and a lot of those mentors were surgeons
that were in Plastic or other specialties. And I was surprised by how many
of them actually supported my decision. I was surprised by how supportive
my program was. I can’t say enough kind things
about my program because they were, like my program director, the institution
at large was very supportive of my decision and overall, I was really just impressed
by the grace with which they handled it. Now okay, Next Steps, what I want to do. So, my long term life vision, my long term, like what I want my mark to be on the world is essentially eliminating medical student and resident burnout depression
and suicide. It’s this huge issue that we have, the US, like medical education training
system is so broken and then we tell the med students
and the residents, like, “You guys need to take better
care of yourselves”, which is, it’s this huge issue, I want to work on it. It’s gonna take me years, if not decades to make meaningful progress there but that’s what I want my legacy to be. As for Med School Insiders, I’m still gonna be producing regular videos every week on the Med School Insiders channel. I will also be producing videos on this Vlog channel and I’ll still be doing like ‘A Day in the Life’, so I’ll be making sure
that they’re relevant to you guys. It’s not gonna just be me like traveling the world and things like that. I’m still very passionate about productivity,
efficiency, medicine, these things. Anyways, that is it for the video. Thank you guys so much for watching. I’m sure you still probably
have some questions, so leave them down below and I’ll do my best to answer them
in the coming weeks. Thank you for watching and I will see you guys in that next one. [music playing]

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  1. If you're surprised by the decision – I was too. It feels great on the other side, but I still love medicine. I wish I could have done both, but it's just not possible. I don't want anyone to be discouraged just because I decided it wasn't the best path for me.

  2. I can say that Swedish med students get's basic training done in five and a half years. And in those five and a half years the pre med is counted in as well and then they do about two years when they try some medical fields and finally specialises in an area that they want to focus on

  3. Just an FYI, the EU directive you speak of, can be waved away. Something that most people do or are pushed to do in the UK especially with the shortage.

  4. And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning “that path leads ever into stagnation”
    -Frank Herbert, author of Dune

  5. The decision is beyond sound and I know Dr. Jubbal will undoubtedly succeed to the highest in his ventures.

    What I would like to know is – why was it important to quit now rather than finish the residency (albeit 6 years) and pursue the entrepreneurship afterward? Delaying the inevitable? Too much opportunity cost? I guess it was too far into BlueLINC to quit it and resume something like it later?

  6. Lmaooo who else felt old when he said he sold duct tape wallets because they also sold or bought a duct tape wallet

  7. For anyone wondering:

    the move he does when he spins the pen around his thumb is called ThumbAround. The move where he spins the pen between his fingers clockwise is called the Charge. Go to the penspinning reddit and click on the first pinned articel about new penspinners and start spinning 😉

  8. The risk of entrepreneurship falls if you're taking the smart decisions and working in a disciplined way.

    You seem to already be doing that. So in reality you aren't taking any big risks.

  9. Make sure you don't die of anything that's triggered by stress – most of your achievements will dissappear if you die this early in the process.

  10. Great video. But just a suggestion. Please try not to spin the pen much. It's too distracting and kind of annoying when trying to concentrate on what you're saying.

  11. I'm struggling in my road to med school. This video broke my heart, in a sense. Yet, I can't compare myself to you. I haven't seen what you have, I haven't walked down that road yet. You're obviously very bright, I wish I could comprehend a bit better. I wish you the best! I can't help but feel sad though, perhaps it's my own fear.

  12. Congrats for been able to see what is truly right for you! please make a video about what it takes to be a plastic surgeon! its my dream but I dont know any doctors who can give me the info i need. thanks!

  13. You're my hero Kevin. Best of luck to you man. I trust you to make a positive impact on the world no matter what you do

  14. As a pre-med I feel like this is going to be my destiny somehow as well. I push through things because I have the capacity but I’ve always thought outside the box from my peers.. super analytical and interested in all things. I’m in a limbo right now of what I’ll end up pursuing. Anyway, this was great!!

  15. U were my role model but now it is very disappointing from studying medicine and a the other hand for not having ur talent

  16. too much multitasking. How can you concentrate on what you need to do on the patient. Sounds risky. Probably best you quit. Thank you for the video

  17. It is a shame that i just found this channel (and MSI channel) when i already finished my MD. But still, hopefully it will help me for residency in the future 🙂

  18. Anyone know what business he is referring to when he says he wants to address college/med student burnout/depression/suicide? Sounds like something I would be interested in…

  19. I’m glad you went with what you were most passionate about a lot of people are afraid to walk away from a promising career

  20. Im in the same place as you, thinking to go to med school but i want to do other things jn life, not sure if im that interested or want it, and if im willing to sacrifice my time… and i cant shadow doctors since its not available here, its really hard to predict the future!

  21. I feel like God gives you the desire to do so many things for the world because he needs someone to pickup the slack for people that are too scared to do what needs to be done, thank you for listening to your heart, God bless you.

  22. I honor your integrity most of all to continue to help others in the greatest way possible that you believe fits you best. I have been looking into purchasing medschoolinsiders package to help a non traditional student like myself with my med school application in the future. I am ex teacher of three years and finally came to terms with the work it will be to line my ducks up to pursue medicine. My greatest contribution will be helping others in their lowest point in life. I want to get them healthier in what ever fashion that may be so they can experience the world in the way it should be. You do better when you feel better. I truly was touched by my one on one experience working as an educator with my students and helping them with their goals and future aspirations. But it didn’t quite help my need for being a life long learner for science and the depths in which the way I understand it. I was like a fish out of water. I have decided to put my medical passion with my new passion for creating those one on one relationship and continuing to pursue my dreams. Of course, I feel like an underdog compared to others as mother of 2 and married now at 30 deciding my “should-of’s” and “could-of’s” needed to be fixed so I can become a well-rounded medical applicant. I guess I’ve held my self back for so long, I’ve unleashed the beast to give this everything I am made of to become a physician and help achieve my life’s calling that I ignored for so long because of self-doubt. “You can live with two pains, the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.”-unknown. I am looking forward to medschool insiders help in the future once I am done with my med school prerequisites. Props to you!!!!

  23. Excellent, Australia would benefit by your aims too.

    Just recently, in the same area of plastic and reconstructive surgery, a news article was on how AU resident's conditions can be damaging and dangerous.

    The response is that effective changes need to occur, but it can be problematic devising methods that will work and be supported by senior surgeons.  

    That was the pessimistic outcome from a sympathetic professionally conducted survey combined with the perspective of an experienced advisor familiar with the field.

  24. WOW, im glad to hear this from someone who is in residency. I am not even in medicine wanted to get in, sat Gamsat once. I finished my bachelor in health science majoring in Nursing, and in my one year of Nursing, I have been feeling sorry at how many hours doctors work and it literary started to turn me off from medicine.

  25. I suspect you have a chip on your shoulder… perhaps its more deep seated….
    Whatever issue it is that explains your demeanor and choice of editing.

  26. First of all: I think it's very brave to quit a speciality that's this competitive, especially with people's expectations etc. I also think your life sounds pretty crazy before you quit 😀
    I'm so glad you mentioned you do not need to work 80 hours to be an effective doctor… I'm an anesthesiologist from the Netherlands and when I was doing a fellowship, a fellow in orthopedic surgery from the US said that you could never be as good if you did not put in that amount of hours. I obviously disagreed but felt it's probably a very American thing to think – more = better. Where I believe when I am more focused at work and I have more time to figure out issues I ran into at work when I'm home, that would make me a better doctor. I wish you all the best in making this possible for the doctors who are so overworked in the US, amazing but a very difficult goal!

  27. Holy crap, I just found you today and I'm not even halfway through your video and I'm like "Teach me your ways! Give me some of your hope and courage!" +1 Subs

  28. I can kind of relate to this video. I am a 2nd year med student and I started a catering business in my first year of med school because I felt that I could never stand out if I was just to follow a regular med school student path. Just studying and passing exams was extremely boring once I got accepted into med school. The business worked extremely well, but it sure took a toll on my grades. However, I could never quit medical school because it is such a big opportunity and blessing. You are basically garanteed to have a great quality of life. I am thinking of choosing family medecine to have the time and flexibility to scale my business even more in the future. Thank you for sharing your story and best of luck on your ventures !

  29. This video resonated so strongly. Idk if you'll read this but I just forewent the match this year to start my own company. It's absolutely scary but I'm also betting on myself and my idea.

  30. I completely understand you. I think it's most important to do a job that is going to make you feel happy and fulfilled and that would take you to a place where you want to be in your life. So you wouldn't later regret the things you didn't do.
    I passed my finals as a medical student couple of days ago. Right now I don't think I am going to apply for residency. I really don't like the hospital environment (honestly I have liked almost all of my past jobs more than working in a hospital). Also, I have always loved prehospital medicine – I delevoped a greater interest for medicine while I was learning on a course of paramedics in ambulance and that's why I went to study medicine in university at the first place. Now I could work there as a team leader (the ambulance system is a bit different in Estonia than in the US for example, we have nurses and doctors working in ambulance). Applying for residency does seem like a socially more acceptable choice but signing a contract for a job you don't like for 5 years (and not being able to do the things you do like) just doesn't seem to be a good idea.
    I wish you all the best with your plans. Enterpreneurship seems quite risky but I'm sure you are going to do good 🙂

  31. Dr.Jubbal, I think you know what is best for you but I am still regret on your behalf for all the hard work that you have been through. Wishing you the very best in whatever endeavour you decide to pursue!!!

  32. wow, I don't have enough words to express what this video means to me. I'm having similar challenges and this video was a big aha moment for me, maybe even preventing me to make a decision I wouldn't be happy with in the future. After my neurology exam I'll have some thinking to do. Also, I admire you for deciding to do what was right for you, I so understand the pressure within the medical community and the culture that comes with it. It is not like quitting any other profession or doing something other than working in a hospital. just:….congrats! Looking forward to seeing what you'll do next.

  33. Since the weight of your decision isn't hindered by massive student loan debt, how can I possibly empathize with your decision to leave medicine? You took a plastics spot from someone who worked their ass off with $245k in debt just to drop out a year later. Sure you're pursing your dreams of being the next Jake Paul lol, but guaranteed you wouldn't be if you didn't have some special tuition scholarship that sounds very unique compared to the rest of the nation (or more likely your parents simply paid for everything.)

  34. I’m barely finding you and I’m so happy with your decision because if not I wouldn’t be influenced. You’re content is inspirational and motivational!! Keep doing you boo!!

  35. I worked as ER MD for 15 years …and i quit recently ….reason job stress is huge now a days …physician burnouts etc

  36. I have never understood why students, especially Med students have to be rushed through school. The long hours are not only ridiculous during residency but it's also dangerous to the patients.

    I just don't get it.

    There are Med students that finished the residency become full-fledged doctors and then realize they don't want to pursue that field.

    Life is too short to be unhappy or always worn out.

    I say good for you and whatever you choose to do. Your knowledge will come in handy and other ways. You will touch lives only the way you could because of your understanding and abilities.

    To me that's what life is really about.

    Good on you sir!

  37. Great Video Doc.

    I’m a second year med student right now and I’m in a very similar situation. I just have too many other interests and business ideas that I am more passionate about then medicine. I want to quit and pursue these interests but it’s a very scary thing to come to terms with.

    Thanks for your insight though.

  38. do more of what makes you happy doc.. i have high respect to you.. it takes a lot of guts to do what you did.. goodluck and god bless in all your endeavors..

  39. You are focusing on something so meaningful and important like physician/ student burn out and suicide. Many people recognize the issue but no one has stepped up to do anything about it ! So as a premed thank you for thinking about us and caring for us Dr. Kevin 💗

  40. I m a fourth year med student in India and was planning to pursue surgical residency in the U.S as I thought that the Indian medical education system is broken and I wanted to improve the medical education system throughout the world . It s not just that the U. S Medical education system is broken.Burnout, Depression, Suicide-It s a worldwide med students problem.

  41. So glad you mentioned that residents don’t need to be working 80hrs a week to be effective doctors & yes we should definitely be moving towards the 48 hr a week cap!!

  42. First of all, i hope you do well in these years, and I absolutely enjoyed and helped by your video. It gives me insight i've never found in other place !
    I am too an ex Internal Medicine resident, and I quit because i got genetic channelopathy, and just like you i did the "pros and cons" list, end up i quit in early 2017 to focus on my health issue. Now it resolves and realize my passion still in meds, so i packed up my gear to get into another residency.. aaaand i found MSI.
    I wish you very best for your passion and life

  43. Holly… I feel like watching myself in 2027!!! I'm taking a gap year to think if going to medicine is would be a right decision, because I'm very creative and enterprising person with tons of ideas for buiseness! I I foresee trends and then regret that I did nothing with it!!! As a doctor I won't have time for anything else and that's the biggest disadvantage for me!

  44. Plastic surgery for the most part doesn’t even seem to help people, unless it’s reconstructive I’d feel like it’s just getting paid for people’s insecurities. I don’t know, this is my ignorant opinion.

  45. Bro XD if you’re in the bathroom 10 mins each morning, I’d say your breakfast is decidedly NOT optimized. 11:00 LOL

  46. I'm trying to match into Anesthesiology in the future but if I was a different person, I would totally try to match into Plastics, Cardiothoracic Surgery,
    or HBS/Liver Transplant! I love our Plastics residents! Plastics…..they basically run the burn unit.

  47. Same case !I'm about to start maxillofacial residency !! I do have other interests in media journalism ! Can't we be best of both worlds 🙁

  48. This video should be retitled, " toot my own horn." This is twenty minutes of this dude saying how talented he is at everything and how edgy he is for making this decision…

  49. Hey Kevin, im currently two years away from finishing med school (in Brazil it lasts 6 years) and Im so afraid of these things.. I fear that my life just sums up to be postponed plans after postponed plans, I really appreciate that you took this great responsibility to yourself, we surely need guidance, all of these doubts just start sparking in our heads whether its a good choice to dedicate your life to just one thing and skip a lot of others… I really hope I get to find answers.. so hard to literally “give up” on something that you had to work like a beast to get.. Keep up kevin, just felt I had to speak out, srry everyone

  50. tbh…at first I thought u were crazy for quitting being a plastic surgeon..but then …the reasons were convincing….and when u said u wanted to try eliminate the burnouts for medical students and medical residents… I LOVED YOU EVEN MORE YOU TALENTED HANDSOME MANIAC…sorry for calling you maniac..couldn't end it with the word "shit" and decided to go with the former as it describes the decision you took…a good one.. I guess am going into the medical field In shaa Allah/ and you keep in motivating me in doing so…

    Your videos made me know more about the medical field and the challenges that comes with it when choosing to follow the medical path…still in high school tho..so haha long way to go!
    THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. YOU MAKE STUDENTS LIFE EASIER!!!!

    LOVE YOU KEVIN! says every student

  51. Dude, my parents would've told me to go to law school or hit me with a shoe! (Make the family proud and all that jazz) I would've never come out of that situation alive 😂

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