Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Blog Rounds Visits the Middle of Nowhere



The Blog Rounds, a blog carnival for Filipino medical bloggers, will be coming to my middle of nowhere next Tuesday, April 1st, at 12am (Philippine Time).

As doctors, nurses, or members of the allied medical professions, we have all had to make hard choices in the course of our career. Our professions, being often tightly bound to who we are, in one way or another influence the paths we choose to take. Coming to a crossroads in our lives is an experience that we are all familiar with, yet at the same time something that is very unique and personal to each one.

The theme for TBR 3 will be "At a Crossroads."

Whether it is a choice between leaving the country or staying where you are, to give up one dream for another, to change directions of your career or to continue coming to work every day, I encourage you to share your crossroad experience with us.

If you've already come to a major crossroads in your life and chosen a path, why did you make that choice? Why did you take that road? How did your choice affect your life as you live it today? Do you have any regrets or what-might-have-beens? If you're just coming to it in your life, what has brought to you there? What are you struggling with and why?

These are just some of the many questions that we grapple with at these points in our lives - I'm sure there are more you can think of and answer as you tell your stories.

Posts may be in any form - even photoblogging or artwork is acceptable, as long as the photo or artwork was by you and is in keeping with the theme! I don't mind if your post wasn't written specifically for this blog carnival, as long as it fits the theme of the week. The more spontaneous, the better. :) Please email the URL of your post to dr[dot]clairebear[at]gmail[dot]com on or before March 31, 12nn. The other guidelines for submission are over here. (For those of you who are not very familiar with the concept of a blog carnival, the collated links will appear in a post similar to this one or my post on Single Pinay MD's.)

I chose this theme because I felt it was time we explored the more human side of being in our line of work. I really hope that more bloggers will participate in this coming week's Blog Rounds. I am certain that in this all of us have something to share, to learn, and to teach.


29 comments:

megamomph said...

Boy Claire, you are asking for a full length novela! In my case at least...
I'll get started now or I'll never make it to the deadline. :-)

MerryCherry said...

I'm in! :) Working on it already hahaha!

dr_clairebear said...

@megamom: i am so very glad you are IN! :) as i said, i really feel that you have much to say. i want to get a nice balance of people who are practicing vs. not practicing and staying vs. leaving, those who are just starting out vs. those who are already well-established, married vs. unmarried (why not!). i think it would be a very interesting collation of thoughts and stories.

much has been asaid about the Filipino Diaspora and brain drain - good and bad - but people take it for granted that there are very human reasons behind each choice, even for the simple choice to go on practicing medicine in this post-malpractice, financially non-rewarding medical era. i guess i just want people to see the stories behind the statistics. :)

i am so very excited and i hope a lot of people share their kuwentong-buhay. :) do you think you can get kittymama to join in? As well as other pinay mom-docs who blog?

Martin D. Bautista, M.D. said...

Claire, I am leaving for the US tomorrow. I will try to get a post for you. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Bone MD said...

I agree with Megamom, Doc Claire, this has to be a telenovela of some sort. But that will make it more interesting!

Good luck doc!

By the way, two other MD blogger informed me of their intention to join TBR, I will link your page to them a soon as I get their final articles.

MerryCherry said...

I was sure I made a comment already! Where in the world did it go? Hahaha

Doc Claire, will submit an old post (about a year ago), when I was at a crossroad, for this round.

Sent you an email for the link. :)

gigi said...

Hi Claire, thank you for the invite. It took me roughly a day to decide on joining (see my reasons on this post http://vgsamson.multiply.com/journal/item/30/Joining_The_Blog_Rounds_Is_This_For_Real)
But do count me in :)

dr tes said...

dr. clairebear, i just emailed my entry to you. thanks for inviting me. i thought wala nang MD blog rounds, lungkot tuloy ako. at least nakapag-exercise utak ko pag may blog rounds.

dr_clairebear said...

@everyone: thanks for the great response! i would answer all of you in detail, except that i don't have time. i am looking forward to your posts! :)

Prudence said...

Yey! Nice theme for next week. Will start working on my post :-)

MONster, MD said...

hey claire!
ok will write something up. hehe. im on a deadline this week but I'll definitely try. I guess you're right, I have a lot to say...and it will be nice to inspire other people

Em Dy said...

As requested...I'm in.

Em Dy said...

As requested...I'm in

dr_clairebear said...

hi, everyone! i am so overwhelmed by the response - i am so looking forward to all of your posts... a lot of first timers have said they'll try, many of them doctor friends of mine who have, like me, been blogging in relative secret.

my life has been very hectic lately, a lot things going on, but i promise we will be on as scheduled. :))

until then, keep those links coming!

Joey said...

Thanks for the invite! Count me in!

The next step is thinking of *which* crossroad I'm gonna write about...

Joey
http://www.joeymd.com
http://the-working-mom.blogspot.com

Bone MD said...

Doc Claire, I wrote a post about the new bloggers of TBR (Em Dy, VGSamSon,Brod Martin MD? and Monster MD) at TOL. I also got the support of bloggers Doc Emer (yes!)Kat MD, Midnight Rainbow. I am all excited about their contributions to your 3rd ed!

@Doc Tess, there will be TBR as always. Nag lenten break lang hahaha! Please take note of your hosting sched, in my TBR archives and schedules.

dr tes said...

hello, i emailed my entry but you didn't receive it. thank you for linking my entry on my blogspot. sorry ha if medyo may halong german yung post.

Abner M. Hornedo, M.D. said...

claire,

i'll try to send you my insights... it will probably take a while. i hope to finish it before your deadline.

thanks for your invitation!

cheers!

megamomph said...

Claire, my post it up at http://megamomph.wordpress.com/2008/03/29/two-or-three/.
It's not what you expected because I decided to focus. :)
Good job on inviting all those others. This will make for a very exciting TBR.

Abner M. Hornedo, M.D. said...

claire,

i'll try to contribute... i hope. thanks heaps for the invite.

cheers!
abner

Prudence said...

Hi, I've made my post! I hope you receive it in your email inbox. Yey!

gigi said...

hi, my post is now up at http://vgsamson.multiply.com/journal/item/31/The_Blog_Rounds_3_Cramming_Everything_In_A_Single_Lifetime?replies_read=1
also sent you email of the link. thanks, all the best.

Anonymous said...

Doc Claire!

Finished, finished, finished! Hahaha. Decided to repost that first blog I sent you for the TBR.

Sent you an email :)

MerryCherry

boinky said...

I'll have to think about choices for change in my life...
My choices alas were often made by others: I chose to retire due to my husband's health, for example. How many doctors put family needs before their careers?

Dorothy said...

GAME! I have archives about it ... but for the sake of the Blog Rounds, I will re-post the articles again :O)

Joey said...

Hi Doc Claire! I've sent in my entry already :).

dr_clairebear said...

@everyone who sent posts: got them, and i'm so glad you participated! everything i've read so far is honest and great. i hope i get to organize your posts in an order that flows well. PRESSURE!

@boinky: i hope you're able to join us!

i might have to post TBR later April 1 - around 8pm or so. I have to take my aunt and uncle to the airport kasi... ako ang dakilang driver. :)

Bone MD said...

Doc Claire, here's my entry.No Where to go but up Sorry for the delay in submission, my net here is as unpredictable as the weather.

Good luck on your TBR ed

Ness said...

doc clairebear,

sorry for the late submission.

http://atrandomness.blogspot.com/2008/03/crossing-road.html