After residency in Barbados, Dr Kelly Wood embarked and a journey to the USA so she can become a fellow trained endocrinologist. Not only does she help with diabetes and thyroid issues, but she has a mind, body and spirit approach. Also, she travels, blogs and has a love story worth hearing.
Kelly Wood, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She is developing her voice on her own blog, speaks at events and is looking forward to wrapping up her own book.
She really surprised me because not only did she do locum practice for two years but she took vacations to Africa and a few Asian countries. Dr Kelly Wood gives her reasoning why vacation is such an important part of life for her mental and physical well-being… not just eating delicious new food and experiencing new cultures.
How does someone go from leaning towards a Psychologist specialty end up becoming an Endocrinologist? (Hint: treat people with dignity and not as a paycheck) Also, experiencing different jobs, volunteering and other activities and readings that expand your comfort zone just might be the seed planted that turns into a rewarding career in the future.
How do you keep you keep the focus on patient care and outcomes vs being all about the money?
Our passion can lead to our purpose, so stay mindful of things that excite you.
People with chronic medical issues tend to have higher rates of depression and anxiety. Listen to how that translates into issues managing diabetes. Your mood can determine how a patient manages their diabetes.
Cheat days happen, vacations happen… does that mean you should eat dessert every night after dinner or shouldn’t aim to be strict for 4-5 days per week?
What did I do to cause hypothyroidism, what can I do to Prevent this or Stop it from Progressing?
If you find a diet that isn’t harming you and you seem to overall have a better quality of life (going gluten free even though you don’t get diarrhea for example) while sticking to said diet, then is there any reason to not recommend / encourage it?
Find yourself a mentor so you can get guidance throughout your stages of life. For instance, she is a woman, black and international. The further she has gone in her career (she is Fellowship Trained Endocrinologist) the fewer minorities she comes across. She attended med school and 2 years of residency in Barbados before deciding to redo all her boards and residency for USA qualifications so she could specialize in endocrinology.
Ability for growth, take initiative and a heart for patients are 3 of the qualities she looks for in hiring Medical Assistants. How much training does the doctor have to give a NP, PA, RN or MA?
POP QUIZ: What is the one procedure that endocrinologists perform?
Check out Dr. Wood’s blog because it covers mind, body and spirit topics. From sleeping, to dating to promoting resilience and of course health topics and exercise.
When it comes to relationships, learn how resilience and self-healing was so important for her when she moved to another city and realizes, I’m engaged to the wrong person. Also, don’t stay in a dating relationship that isn’t healthy and fulfilling just because your 35 and want kids.
Prayer, meditation and a she keeps a journey… which she looks back on later to see where she was … that exercise is deeply encouraging and enlightening.
Simple Habit is the meditation app she uses.
Try out a Vision Board and listen to how she sets hers up.
Books: John Maxwell Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn
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Show notes can be found at www.adoctorsperspective.net/77 here you can also find links to things mentioned.