Masters of illusion, college mascots and dairy farmers—those are a few of the pursuits some of today's most influential doctors dabbled in before they became leaders in medicine.
“We thought it was important to see how diverse and interesting the journey to hospital medicine could be,” said Dr. Larry Wellikson, president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Since June, the group's podcast “Before the White Coat” has delved into the past lives of more than a dozen healthcare leaders, with Wellikson as host.
Everyone has to start somewhere. For Dr. John Nelson, it was as a “very active member” of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. “That was my first exposure to a professional society,” Nelson joked. He's now recognized as one of the founding architects of the hospitalist movement.
Medicine wasn't always these leaders' first passion.