A plan takes shape

Ideas Won't Keep. Something Must Be Done About Them – Alfred North Whitehead


Neither of us can remember the exact moment the idea for BYS came into being, other than we were hiking (or tramping in ‘Kiwi’) and I was having a moment of despair about my future career plans – namely lack thereof – and generally feeling a bit lost. After talking it through, initially between ourselves, and later with friends and colleagues, we realised I was definitely not the only one to feel like this.

We also realised that feelings of unfulfillment, demoralisation and general out-of-depthness are not only associated with being unsure about medicine as a career. I spoke to so many people who remain deeply passionate about clinical practice but still felt there was something missing or wished they had been better prepared for the non-clinical challenges they are faced with on a daily basis.


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