Breadth and Depth

Connecting others and with others through venture capital and medicine

Sherman Leung
Sep 22, 2018 · 3 min read
IMO, the ocean has the best T-shaped skillset in the world

For the last few months, I have been intensely deliberating a number of short-term and medium-term career decisions as I continue to discern my personal calling and career trajectory. As I apply to medical schools this cycle and more seriously explore venture capital as an associate in this last gap year, I’m sure my thoughts will evolve over time but I write this to give others (and my future self) a snapshot of how I’m sizing up this next year with purpose and intentionality.

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What calls me to medicine now, however, is this undeniable desire to work more closely with patients vs. serving them (and the broader healthcare system) through technology. Though I still believe that healthtech product management is a tremendous vehicle to broadly impact and serve many patients, I have found that the inability to care for a patient’s holistic needs beyond what technology can serve is something I cannot ignore. In the past year, I have taken intentional steps to continue validating this interests through shadowing in multiple Boston EDs, taking the MCAT, and volunteering for truly inspiring organizations like Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and HMS’s Family Van. Formative experiences in seeing and caring for patients, the intellectual challenges of (re)learning biological pathways, and the joy of directly connecting with and interceding for another human’s well-being’s seems to satisfy the depth of patient interaction I have been missing. As many physician mentors have cautioned me, the road to medicine and patient care is long and arduous — but from where I am right now in my career, I believe building this depth as a clinician is worth the investment.

MD and Managing Deal-flow

Before I jump into medicine to fully invest my career clinical depth and expertise, I feel uniquely drawn to the scale at which a venture capital firm operates and the broad intuition they bring to their industries. I also believe that the opportunity to work with a technology-oriented (vs. industry-specific) firm is mutually aligned with my short-term interests in building an investor’s intuition and long-term interests in bringing insights from technology into medicine/healthcare over the course of my career as a physician.

Building Breadth and Depth

Sherman Leung

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Investing @AlleyCorp, aspiring physician-investor/innovator