To create passionate, empowered, and successful current and future doctors by striving to provide unparalleled services, support, and resources. Ultimately reversing the trends of physician burnout and shortages, and ensuring a bright future for the field of medicine.
When I was 8 years old, I viewed doctors the same way I viewed Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark. They were highly-respected, mega-rich geniuses, who committed their entire lives to serve others; but, unlike Batman or Iron Man, I was pretty certain they had legitimate super powers. I mean they could heal people just by using their mind, some potions/elixirs, and a few sweet gadgets! As I matured, my perception of doctors rounded out (a little), but I still kept my passion to pursue a career in medicine and am lucky enough to be a 3rd year medical student at the University of Wisconsin.
Throughout my journey I have had several people tell me that I would never get accepted into medical school, or that even if I did get accepted, it would be all luck and essentially out of my control. In addition to this negativity, I would frequently come across articles stating that more than half of doctors admit they are burned-out and over one third say they would not even choose medicine if they were given the choice again! Wait a second… so you’re saying it’s a roll of a dice if I even get into med school, and if I actually do get accepted, I’ll be studying and working crazy hours on a career path where I’ll likely burn-out and question my deepest passion? Not to mention that all of this is happening in a culture that shames anyone for taking time-off to get re-focused, maintain a healthy lifestyle, start a family, or explore other interests? I know I’m not the only one who has had these thoughts…
Countless pre-meds, medical students, residents, and even practicing physicians ask these questions on a daily basis, feeling like they do not have control of their own life. Now if you ask me, this paints a pretty bleak picture for the future of medicine! Knowing it will only get worse if something isn’t done, I have decided to take action! Motivate MD strives to provide unparalleled resources and services while creating a supportive and uplifting online community for current and future doctors. With these efforts we wish to once again prove that this is the greatest profession in the world!
-Drew Porter, Founder/CEO of Motivate MD