Maybe, just maybe...I'm not crazy. The first day of my doctoral journey.
Today is the first day of my doctoral journey and I wanted to be able to chronicle the motivation and passion behind my search to find a topic for my dissertation. Yes, I know…what are you doing in grad school again!? What can I say, I have a passion for learning.
My degree plan, although rather long winded, specifically a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology, is right up my alley. I have long struggled with being able to connect my experiences as a marketer and executive "operations-centric" career. I grew up in an entrepreneurial household, and knew more about healthcare staffing than the average tenured professional in this field by the time I was 25. But it was never a passion.
Over the last 10 years, I have seen healthcare transition into something on the verge of explosive. The communication revolution, new media and the empowerment of the consumer, have turned healthcare on its head. And, although some choose to ignore the shift in power, the ideas behind this movement are in fact revolutionary.
I had the opportunity to attend the Houston Healthcare Summit today. It is always so interesting to me to see the most liberal, tech-centric, patient-advocate and the old-school conservatives gathered in the same room and discuss change. As I was sitting there listening, it dawned on me that THIS is the research topic that taps into my passion. THIS is where my two separate worlds collide. Social technology and communication are changing healthcare - from a patient care and consumer science to technology innovation. So, I have challenged my self to use my journey as an path to join this moonshot idea of completely erasing the healthcare system as we know it.
Even though this was my very first day, I have already been asked to provide an idea of what I want to research. I do feel as though my experience today was not by chance. Hopefully, with the power of prayer, and support of my family, I will be able to continue through this journey and I'll continue to write about it as I go.