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"THE MEDIC ZOMBIE"
INDIVIDUAL FAILURES + SYSTEM FAILURES + CULTURAL FAILURES = MEDIC ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
Being a doctor can and should be a wonderful privilege, in which we're able to meaningfully impact on another's life. It is a career that spans decades, can take you all over the world, can teach you all about life and death, and encourages you to always be learning.
But how often does it ever feel like a privilege, and more like a curse? Like you've been sold a lie - that your ability to ever be compassionate and a good doctor is achieved not thanks to, but DESPITE the healthcare care system that is in place?
The system that we see today slowly but surely sucks the life out of you - the long and antisocial hours working, the culture of infantilism and institutionalism - all these factors and more make it more likely for us to become MEDIC ZOMBIES. Add to that our own inabilities to face up to and forgive ourselves for our weaknesses, our fixed mindsets, our tendency to always be 'plugged in', and our constant need for validation, the less resilient we are to fending off the medic zombie apocalypse.
At Medizom then, we seek to turn all these failures on its head, and consider what a world would look like in which the current models that are being attempted to stem the tide of physician burnout materialise and become the norm. It seeks to demonstrate how a healthcare system that prioritises compassion over capitalism would lead to a new era of medicine. It seeks to explore on a wider scale how we could become more human if we were better able to address our relationship to our egos and technology.