👋 I’m Julian, and I’m an Emergency Medicine doctor.
Broadly, this is a space where I explore:
- The process and effort of becoming a better doctor; lessons from other fields, craftsmanship, the mastery process, and trying to be deliberate about improvement.
- Physical culture; the preventive and therapeutic effects of physical practice and lifestyle, with a particular emphasis on strength training and athleticism. As an extension from this, I assert that have a lot of autonomy over our health trajectory.
What’s the point in this website?
Sitting down to think about something, write it out, then publish it, is a process that mainly helps me to organise my thoughts. I’ve found keeping a record of clinical topics, conversations, ideas etc to be very useful to look back on, and it transforms fuzzy inklings into more concrete entities. Having it public means I also sometimes hear from interesting people out there who I otherwise wouldn’t know of.
In my mind, there is no stronger way to cement a topic in my mind than having to, for example, create a post or video to ‘teach’ about it. A second-order benefit is that it may help others, but really its how I learn best for myself.
In-line with the above ethos, I like to teach as a method of self-improvement. I’ve found its a (well-disguised) selfish way to improve my own knowledge and skills. For this reason, I like to teach areas that I feel less confident about. Going from fumbling blindly with a clinical topic, to being able to package and cohesively present it, is transformative to upgrading the mental maps in my mind.
Teach to learn.
Boring factual bits
- I’m an Emergency Medicine trainee working in the UK.
- I studied a 4 year Mandarin Chinese degree, living >2yr in China.
- Trying to be a (poor man’s) Popeye; my best lifts are: back squat 200kg, front squat 160kg, bench press 145kg, snatch 108kg, clean and jerk 140kg.
- I’m a type 1 diabetic. This is in large part responsible for my passion for lifestyle and physical culture as a preventative and therapeutic modality across many areas of chronic disease.