FOF5 with Mishal Reja: Reaching Young Medical Trainees in an Era of Skepticism

FOF5 with Mishal Reja: Reaching Young Medical Trainees in an Era of Skepticism


so I’m Michaud Reja I just came off of
clinic so I’m a little flustered but I just graduated medical school a couple
months ago and so I just started my career as a doctor so let me tell you
i’m actually not giving this talk as a physician but i’m giving this talk more
importantly as as a patient you know when I was younger maybe about 19 in
college I just remember there was one day where I just felt all of a sudden if
any of you can relate but I felt like a shell of my shop a shell of myself I was
just walking around I felt psoriatic I felt bloated I felt like I just it just
wasn’t me and you know like any sick person I went to doctor after doctor got
lab tests and imaging and pills up the wazoo and nothing ever helped and this
happened for 10 years so what is that like 3,500 days this happened for 10
years and with each doctor that I went to each time I went I had a lot of hope
I was like maybe this is the doctor that’s going to heal me maybe I’m going
to get back myself but I just went and and I was let down and finally it got to
the point where in medical school I saw a doctor as a medical student he looks
like look you’re sick you’re not going to get better this is just what you have
you’ve done enough just keep going and that was my experience so let me
actually tell you from the medical training perspective that I understand
why he said that I understand where they’re coming from because if you saw
me Shaw in medical school this was not a person to tell hey you need to do a
nutrition model module I remember there was one day where I was studying with a
girl I was dating at the time in the and the workload and the rigors were so
complex she started crying and I was like oh my god I can’t I can’t study
this and I remember calling my mom later that day I was like what did I just
learn all day and I was stunning it 48 hours you know so these are the people
who now we have to be like look maybe a lot of what you’re learning about
pushing pills when somebody comes in maybe that’s not the way maybe instead
of applying one specific diagnosis maybe what you have to do is step back
and look at the person as a whole now imagine telling one of you know the
highest trained specialist you have to look at a patient holistically imagine
what kind of reaction you get imagine the scoff I’ve been there I’ve asked
them but these are the patient these are the people that we need to target how do
we do that well first of all I actually brought one of my friends from residency
with me she knows nothing about functional medicine right outside I was
like a clover blah blah blah functional medicine inflammation leaky gut this is
it let’s go and she’s here but that’s not the not the way to do it the way to
do it is the next time that a lot of you have the opportunity to give a grand
rounds at a residency or to go into a medical school they do a lot of courses
where practitioners and and and people are able to come talk and and they call
this like clinical medicine or things like that you know take that opportunity
and go speak about what we do speak about why we do it and talk about the
evidence talk about how people are becoming better and really a lot of what
these practitioners are doing these days people are becoming worse the next time
a medical student or a nursing student or a chiropractor student wants to
rotate through your practice say yes make that time take that extra 10
minutes it’s worth it because you know for that for that patient who after 10
years and has lost all hope and is sitting there at night googling his
symptoms for the umpteenth time hoping that he was going to find the solution
finally it matters to that guy because there are millions of people out there
with chronic disease that they’re still googling their symptoms and it still
hasn’t been alleviated and we here know how to fix these people in what
trajectories they should take but they are a loss and we owe it to them and we
owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our training and we’re at a beautiful time
in medicine because we’ve been passed the gauntlet of carrying things forward
we can make the world better because these chronic disease it skyrocketing of
this country and we have the baton it’s a beautiful time for
us and the future is so bright so the next person doesn’t have to wait 10
years in Google something and find something about functional medicine on
man body green he can hear it from you guys and then he can stand here just
like me after 10 years of being sick and being able to have the opportunity to
talk to you guys on a stage which is something I never would have been able
to do ever a couple years ago so ladies and gentlemen thank you so much for
listening and thank you for organizing it and I appreciate your time thank you.

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