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by Rich

Hi my name is Rich Fernandez. I have been an emergency physician for 30 years but I have always dreamed of being a full-time writer. Earlier this year I officially began my transition to a writing career by starting a book entitiled, “Physicians in Transition—Doctors who have  successfully re-invented themselves in a new career.”

Let me share an inspiring incident that occurred  to me today while researching for my book online @ PRN. I found a blog about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the famed author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Did you know that Conan Doyle was a practicing physician before he became a successful writer and he has a special place in the Scottish Writers’ Museum?.

Well that sure was news to me and it hit me like a mini-lightening-bolt. He was a physician who transitioned to a writing career—Just like me. But there is  more.Let me share with you a brief article that I wrote 6 years ago.


After fortifying ourselves with a “Full Scottish Breakfast,” we departed our cozy guesthouse and set our boots upon Edinburgh’s cobblestone byways. As we tramped through the enchantment of Old Town, my heart beat full with hope of discovery at the Writers’ Museum.

Finding this hidden Scottish Treasure was no easy task. Directions given in “Full Scottish Brogue” from a friendly Edinburgh gentleman eventually brought us to a quaint but tidy gingerbread-like stone edifice. A small red door bid us come in. Once through the doorway, small friendly signs pointed the way to Burns, Scott, Stevenson and others. Enticed by a small tunnel-like hall, we sped into the Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) room; where a pleasant museum guide named Elizabeth greeted us.

As my eyes scanned the room, I flinched at the sight of two hulking Samoan Rugby players carefully studying each picture and artifact. They were touring Great Britain for the fall international rugby matches. We ourselves had come to follow the USA rugby team. Ah, the brotherhood of rugby! But why had Mark and Phillip come to Stevenson’s room? We learned that RLS lived his latter years in Samoa and was buried there. The lads’ museum visit was prompted by admiration for the man as well as homesickness for their own treasured islands.

As Elizabeth further enriched us about his writing, I revealed my hope of beginning a new writing career. Elizabeth joyfully retorted with news of publishing her second book in ten years. Boldly, she encouraged me to be passionate about my writing. She wished me success as a writer.

After exchanging addresses, we bid farewell and scampered out the door into “Full Scottish Weather.” I walked away with a joyful tear in my eye and my spirit enriched with the treasured discovery of adventure, new friendship, and inspiration.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian November 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Welcome Rich! Great to have you on board and I know that your topic is going to make a big difference is others lives. Fuel your passion!

Ruthanne November 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

So proud of mi hermano mayor. Write on !!

Joy November 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

Loved your story and writing style. Best of luck to you in your new venture.

Rodney April 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Good stuff. Clearly the muse spoke — either that, or all those years of stout and Irish music had a cumulative effect.

Ruthanne August 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

Now that I downloaded your book “Physicians on Transition”, I can’t wait to read it. I urge you all to get it through “Kindle for PC” or through Amazon.

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