My Summer on Kauai

by James Foong In the summer of my third year as a medical student from Malaysia, I had the opportunity to shadow Dr Paul Esaki, a primary care physician who practices in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii. I arrived in Kauai late at night tired after a few hours of flying (but many hours of waiting after a last minute flight change). Dr Esaki picked me up in a weathered 4×4 truck (I was expecting a conservative sedan for some reason). Right off the bat, there was warm hospitality and he gave me a lively talking commentary of the island while on route to the beach house where I was to stay. … Continue reading


My Goals in Medicine

by James W. Foong I was asked to present this topic to a group of physicians and researchers at a medical conference in West Vancouver, British Columbia. What can I offer them that they do not already know? I felt that my talk could seem very self-centered, arrogant even. Such were my insecurities but out of sheer necessity, I began organizing my thoughts in an orderly manner for the presentation. What I realized was that the very reason we’re in this field gets lost amidst our hectic lives and the daily struggles that make us lose sight of our goals. Every once in a while, we may need a reminder … Continue reading

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