Adnan Khera

Adnan Khera is a senior anesthesia resident in Boston and founder of the charitable organization #doctorbedancing. In addition to medicine, he is an ultra distance runner and triathlete, event organizer, costume designer, dancer and writer.
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Why the Best Residency Isn't Always the Best Residency

Posted by Adnan Khera on Aug 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The best residency isn't always the best residency. The culture of academia is to always to pursue the best names and the greatest prestige. Sometimes, we lose ourselves in this pursuit and forget what really matters. 

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Topics: Residency, Matching

Time Management 101: Defining Time

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jul 27, 2015 1:35:09 PM



"...if only you could perceive time as I do. Please let me show you."

- Dr Manhattan, Watchmen



After my work day, it is not uncommon for me to sit around at the hospital for hours before going home. Despite this type of perceived time waste, I am efficient. If I would be doing the same thing at home as I am at work, what difference does my location make? It's just a matter of time valuation and how you think about it.

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Topics: Tips and Advice

The New Age "Gunner"

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jul 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM

It's no longer enough to just be a doctor.

This sentiment echoes loudly throughout the corridors of medicine today. At one point, you could just be a clinician. This has changed. Doctors are no longer able or expected to know everything. Atul Gawande has (rightfully) expressed how the medical culture must shift away from a culture of lone rangers to a pit crew model to limit costs and improve outcomes. With strong data in favor of this model, it is shown that medicine needs technicians, not thinkers.

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Topics: Medical Education

The Value of Individuality in Medicine to Medicine

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jul 16, 2015 1:52:51 PM

Dr. John J Bonica is proclaimed the founding father of pain medicine. Long before and well into his career in medicine, however, he lived a secretive double life as a circus performer and professional wrestler. As a performer and athlete, few knew that he was a physician because his image as a vicious mongrel would be jeopardized. And in his physician life, few knew about his extracurricular endeavors because he feared being seen as a brute with no brains. What an ironic state of partial existence to experience where he couldn't be all of what he was anywhere except in his own mind.

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

The Fallacy of Time When Picking a Specialty

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jul 6, 2015 2:16:49 PM

More and more future doctors consider "work/life balance" as one of the major determinants when picking a specialty. The fallacy regarding work/life balance is that all time spent at work is spent working and all time spent at home is spent leisurely or with personal activities. These assumptions are not true.

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Topics: Specialties

How to Be Competitive Without Research

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jun 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

I have never published a research paper or abstract. I have never presented a poster. I have no extra graduate degrees. I didn't take any time off before or during medical school. I have done no mission trips. I have average exam scores. And I'm not even that good looking. Nevertheless, I have managed to successfully carve through the medical training system. How? By being interesting. 

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

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