Ken Jeong, MD.
As a few friends and I discussed movies, the topic turned to the Hangover, parts one and two. As we laughed and talked about the more memorable scenes we remembered, one line stopped us in our tracks.
“Did you know that the actor who plays Leslie Chow is a doctor?”
No, I did not know that. In fact, most of us did not. We all sat there looking at each other, flabbergasted. An actor? A doctor?! A real doctor played a doctor in Knocked Up?! I immediately whipped out my phone and checked.
Sure enough, there it was, right on his IMDb profile: a doctor of internal medicine.
I was surprised. Not just because this little bit of movie trivia had escaped me all of these years but that a doctor walked the red carpet. It seemed such a dichotomy of ideas. After all, were we not taught to shy away from shedding light about our life beyond our profession? Patients were not supposed to know us beyond the confines of the examining room. And yet, here was a doctor showing a different side of himself to the world, not burdened by the weight of a title or a white coat.
Then again, it would not be the first time I have seen a doctor shed his skin. With all of the talk from college and faculty alike about finding life balance and pursuing our own interests, had I not seen a doctor who moonlighted as both a yoga instructor and a stand-up comedian? So perhaps, I should not be so surprised. After all, we all have a life beyond medicine, and we all need room to grow. Perhaps, Dr. Jeong is merely a more visible manifestation of our pursuit for balance. Perhaps it was time we all started thinking outside the box, and broaden our gaze to the whole horizon.
Dr. Ken Jeong, we salute you. Stay awesome.