I worked as an emergency room doctor for two years before joining Roche. I would not describe my working conditions as preferable back then. I used to have 24-hour non-stop shifts where I had to deal with 300 – 400 patients a day and I used to have 12 of these shifts within a month. This means that most of the time I had to spent one entire day working and the other day sleeping. Then again, when I look back, during these five years there has been times that I missed working in ER. I used to work in a small town and used to come across with people whom I had helped on the streets, markets or restaurants. I could see the impact of my efforts almost simultaneously. I used to feel like that I was making a valuable contribution to the society I was living in.
Then I realized that it was not the ER I was missing, missing part was the feeling of valuable impact. As a Medical Manager and MSL Head at Roche, I worked with great products. With treatments like ours, it was obvious that we were changing people’s lives, probably much more than a small town doctor. But again the feeling of valuable impact was missing.
Being a RCP has changed this for me. I do not know if this is just related with this position or this is born out of ongoing transformation, now I can spend most of my time within the eco-system. Sometimes it is a hospital corridor, sometimes it is dim-lighted governmental building, and I can see and interact with all stakeholders directly. They are not some numeric data in a market research report anymore. This exposure helps me to see the gap, missing piece of the puzzle with my own eyes and when we fill that gap, hopefully I will see the impact as well. Now I see small babies waiting in hospital corridors for their treatment. I hope, one day, my eyes will see those corridors empty.