I grew up in a developing country that was beset with problems and it was difficult to believe that positive changes could take place in my country. I came to America and started my residency program with that same belief – the belief that change was extremely difficult and nearly impossible especially when dealing with changing behaviors. People have always been known to resist changes.
The truth is my work has always contradicted my beliefs. I have been involved in several programs that have aimed to institute positive behavioral changes among individuals and even founded such a program back in medical school but I never truly believed in the effectiveness of these programs. I stuck to the dogma that for change to occur, it had to be cataclysmic and evolutionary.
It was with this same mindset that I applied to the Telluride Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient… Continue reading