The North Star (in the case of the earth, Polaris), is the point of reference that can be used to navigate from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere (and a bit of the Southern Hemisphere). This is because it is aligned with the axis of the earth. I love using the analogy of the North Star for what is aligned with our true selves. Think of the North Star as the vision of your practice that is really aligned with you: the practice you would love and the patients you would enjoy taking care of. It is fun to be a doctor when your patients are those that are the right fit, so that the relationship benefits both the patient and the doctor.
Doctors who follow their North Star may find themselves changing the way they practice. Some may tweak the attitude they bring to the work and this may make all the difference. Others may want to make bigger changes: longer appointments, a new arrangement of the exam room, a day off. Some will decide it is time to completely revamp the way they think about and structure their practice: quit a salaried job and start a solo practice, become a hospitalist, drop insurance and convert to direct pay by the patients, start a house call practice, move to a new part of the country or the world. The MD Mentor’s purpose is to help you discover your North Star and be a guide to help you find a way there. Working with The MD Mentor is unpredictable, exciting, and fun. If you want to remember your dream for medicine, and figure out how to bring it into being, this may be your place.