Psychiatry wasn’t what Dr. M David Kurland’s father had in mind when he wanted his son to be a doctor. Before psychiatry “found him” at 24, Dr. M David Kurland tried to “mainstream” time and time again with great effort and some success, only to find his interests and performance elsewhere.
At 12, Dr. M David Kurland read extensively, some of it in science, some of it literature. Dr. M David Kurland went on to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. At his school, Dr. M David Kurland excelled in almost every subject. A prodigy in his English courses, Dr. M David Kurland also proved his intelligence and dilligence in his studies of Latin, and etymology. As an extra curricular activity, Dr. M David Kurland was able to express himself and bring joy to others through his studied and disciplined playing of the viola. Dr. M David Kurland realized that a handfuls of his classmates were “naturals” in math and science in a way that he didn’t think he would ever acheive.
Despite his observations, there he was, Dr. M David Kurland, entering college with a zoology major. Though it was then a subject of interest, Zoology didn’t have as much of a hold on Dr. M David Kurland as did other subjects. Within one year,Dr. M David Kurland switched his major to literature. Dr. M David Kurland loved it, and would never regret this important decision. Dr. M David Kurland didn’t then understand why he wrote papers on the mind of Raskolnikov or the physician as a character in the modern American novel, while others (the ones who’d go on to graduate school) were writing about the structure of Donne’s sonnets, or the image of x in the poetry of y.
Dr. M David Kurland knew he wanted something more worldly and less ivied than grad school. When Harvard Medical School said “Yes”, he went. He knew he was no poet but wasn’t quite a regular doctor type either. Dr. Kurland wasn’t sure exactly what he was. He labored. He could do the work. Dr. Kurland added research in the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and saw himself as a cardiologist. Haha.
In year three of Harvard University Medical School, Dr. Kurland had his first psychiatry rotation. The experience was dramatic, intense, a self-discovery. Wow! He was able to speak at length with two patients and realized how much he enjoyed writing up his “findings”. Dr. M David Kurland read psychiatry with a joy he hadn’t experienced since the days in college when he switched to English and philosophy.
Then came the moment when… the instructors approached him. They said “Where have you been?”. Dr. M David Kurland had finally found a home. Psychiatry.
Dr. M David Kurland planned to spend a few months as a medical clerk at Queen Square. Instead, Dr. M David Kurland decided to attend Guys Hospital in London for 3 months of psychiatry. Since that fateful day, Dr. M David Kurland has never turned back.