Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni was asked if he felt that experience in diverse medical fields is important. He responded, “I remember reading something recently that Steve Jobs said. I’m paraphrasing of course as I can’t remember the whole thing word for word:
‘A lot of people haven’t had very diverse experiences so they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader your understanding of the human experience, the better.’
Of course, he was speaking about his own industry but his words could be applied to medicine – and the physicians who practice it – as well.”
Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni has certainly experienced a wide variety of medical fields over his twenty year career. Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni attended medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton before participating in an internship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He completed a year of general surgery residency at the University of Calgary and then went into rural practice in Mayerthorpe, Barrhead and Grande Prairie, Alberta. In Grande Prairie, he also began his career in Medical Administration by becoming the Chief of General Practitioners Outpatient and Emergency Departments for the QE II Hospital.
Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni worked on the emergency medical staff at various hospitals in Southern Ontario while completing a critical care clinical assistant program in Hamilton, Ontario. He then returned to Alberta where he worked in emergency medicine and family practice/obstetrics in Medicine Hat before gravitating closer to the area of his upbringing to work at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose.
“After graduating from medical school, many physicians immediately look to restrict their practices. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a general practice physician for a number of years before I chose emergency medicine as my specialization. The wide range of experience I gained from working with all ages in family practice and with expectant mothers in obstetrics was further enhanced by my work as a medical examiner in the public sphere interacting with Police Services and the judicial system.”
Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni continues, “When I did choose to restrict my work to emergency medicine as my specialty, I had a vast pool of knowledge and experience to draw from. I wasn’t just limited to the field of emergency medicine and that made me a better physician. I could look back at my experience and say, ‘Yeah, that works in this situation but I did this once and it worked too.’ That’s an invaluable skill to have when making split-second decisions in the ER.”
Does he think everyone should experience working in diverse medical fields? “I do,” says Arkadiusz Norbert Jaroni. “The insights, technical knowledge, and skills that they gain only serve to make them better physicians. And that’s really what it’s all about – becoming a better physician. I think medical students and practicing physicians alike can all benefit from training, working or just growing interest in a variety of different medical fields.”