Patrick Tran, MD
Resident Physician // Musician // Martial Artist // Dancer
art trains better doctors
Art is so crucial to medicine, as it is what makes us human. For much of civilization, before scientific advances and antibiotics, doctors were healers through their compassion for their patients. While they were unable to prolong life or treat an infection as well as we can now, they could talk, listen, hold a hand. With modern science, we can cure all kinds of diseases, protect future generations from contracting diseases through immunization, and even reduce deaths with good public health measures. We have life support machines that can replace hearts or lungs. So scientific acumen was highly sought after in many generations of medical students and physicians, but with all the emphasis on basic science, sometimes the most important aspects of being a doctor were lost. Patients would rather have a kind and caring physician than the smartest one. Medical schools are realizing this, and the newest generation of physicians will have a solid science foundation, but also be well rounded and compassionate. Art is inspired, honest, open, expression of self that reminds us to step back and appreciate life.
confidence and discipline
I started martial arts when I was in elementary school, drawn by the action comedy movies by Jackie Chan. While I learned to break bricks with spinning jump kicks, the most important skills I developed were confidence and self discipline. It's important to me to keep up with physical activity to stay mentally grounded and keep my body healthy. I studied Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a ninja martial art, which was very cool. From high school to medical school, my practice of martial arts has translated to a strong work ethic and ability to study the vast amount of knowledge required to become a physician.
In my dermatology residency, I fell in love with social dancing: Zouk, Bachata, Salsa, and a bit of Kizomba. Partner dancing is all about connection with another person, who may be a stranger. I recently danced in Iceland, and think it's so beautiful that I could be across the world and not speak a word of a language (in a metaphorical sense, as most Icelanders speak English very well), and still connect with someone and enjoy the music. Dance transcends borders.