I’ve decided to go solo. I’m not even close to opening, but not for a single moment do I regret this decision. The job-searching process this past year turned out to be more of a soul-searching process for me. I’ve realized that I don’t want a boss. I don’t want anyone to compromise my value systems, and I want to be able to practice medicine the way I feel is correct. I also want to be in a location where I could see Korean-American patients. That limits my options to major metropolitan cities, in which an associate position is not always easy to secure. I couldn’t find a practice that fit my personality and philosophy, so I decided to create one that will.
I’ve received much support from my mentors with my decision. Some told me that solo practice suits my personality best. Also, every single attending who had started a practice themselves told me that it was the best career decision they had ever made. They’ve definitely encountered great challenges and difficulties throughout the process, but every one of them told me that they would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
So, began my journey in March, 2010.