Beyond the Quest to Become a Physician

Insightful and Inspirational Tales of Parenting, Perseverance, and Pediatrics

by Robert E. Burke MD PhD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/28/2016

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781480839861
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781480839854
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781480839847

About the Book

As a young and impoverished child, author Dr. Robert E. Burke knew his life’s purpose was to become a physician. However, no one could have predicted the tortuous path he would travel in that quest and beyond. In Beyond the Quest to Become a Physician, he provides perspective on his life as he narrates his reflections on the influences that have shaped him throughout the decades.

In this memoir, Burke weaves childhood, adolescent, and other personal experiences with the latest information on brain development to provide insight as to how one’s experiences influence whom that person becomes. From the moment of one’s first breath, one’s experiences are unique. He discusses that who one becomes is driven by the interplay of genetics, expression of those genes, and cognitive-socio-economic influences.

Beyond the Quest to Become a Physician shares some challenges, knowledge, character changes, distractions, and revelations that Dr. Burke experienced. Therein he provides insight not only to the quest but also to the profession. Through his inspirational and true tales, he helps others to envision how parenting, goal-setting, perseverance, and character create the difference between success and failure.

About the Author

Robert E. Burke, MD, PhD, is a retired pediatrician who cared for thousands of children in his thirty-three-year career. He was a solo pediatrician in a small rural town in Pennsylvania and later served as vice chairman and associate professor in a large multispecialty group associated with a medical school in Temple, Texas. Burke mentored hundreds of students and physicians. He is a married father of four children and has eleven grandchildren.