Is it your first time to visit my blog? Welcome! My name is Stef and I’m a doctor.
I studied medicine, graduated with Latin honors from the University of Santo Tomas, and passed the physicians’ board exams. No, I don’t currently practice medicine. Yes, I used to.
I now write for a living. You’re probably thinking, “What a waste! You studied medicine for nothing! And you’re an honor graduate, to boot! Que horror!”
It’s such a common sentiment among doctors who chose nonclinical careers that it should be on a shirt. (Thanks to my fellow doctor-writer, Aidz, for this idea.)
I bet you’re clucking your tongue and shaking your head like some telenovela villain, too, and I don’t blame you. Here, let me share with you a common scenario in my ten-or-so years of life as a writer:
New Acquaintance: Oh, so you’re a doctor? What’s your specialization? (smiles broadly)
Me: I didn’t specialize. (smiles)
New Acquaintance: (raises brow) Ah. Where do you practice, then?
Me: I don’t practice anymore. I’m a writer now.
New Acquaintance: (frowns) Really? Sayang naman ang pinag-aralan mo.
At that point of the conversation, a really nasty part of me is generally tempted to say, “Considering what you think of writers and how shortsighted you obviously are, mas sayang ang pinag-aralan mo.”