Hello! I am Dr Yumiko Kadota, but please call me Miko. I am a Japanese girl living in Sydney, Australia, where I’ve lived for more than half of my life.
I am a medical doctor, graduating with MBBS (Hons) BSc (Med) Hons in 2010 from the University of New South Wales, where I have also been an educator for the Faculty of Medicine.
I worked as Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery registrar until June 1, 2018 when I could no longer continue due to poor working conditions. I posted my story on Facebook, which unexpectedly entered mainstream media. I hope that the important issue of doctors’ health and safe working hours remains in the public dialogue, and I want to use this platform I’ve been given wisely to support and advocate for my colleagues.
Outside of my career, I have always been a healthy and active person. Some of my highlights include qualifying as a yoga teacher, completing my training in Bali and Byron Bay. I’m also an endurance event enthusiast, including two marathons, twelve half-marathons, one Olympic-distance triathlon and an Ironman 70.3 triathlon since 2011.
I enjoy writing and pubic speaking (I know, whyyyyyy?). I’ve had the privilege of speaking at surgical conferences in Australia as well as in Europe, on Plastic Surgery topics ranging from skin cancers to hand surgery. In 2019, I look forward to speaking about doctors’ health and wellbeing to health professionals across Australia.
Despite my medical background, I consider myself to be more of a creative. I inherited my right brain from my mum’s side of the family. I started ballet when I was 3 years old, and piano when I was 4, completing my licentiate diploma during medical school (I’m not sure if or when I’ll sit the fellowship exam for piano, but I’ll never say never!). I also enjoy art, and I’ll include some of my illustrations in my blog posts.
My blog is an expression of my esoteric interests. I am an eco-warrior and I spend a lot of my spare time looking for ethically produced, eco-friendly products. My opinions on health-related topics are based on my medical training as well as life experience. I am passionate about health education and aim to write in a style that is easily understood by non-medical people.
I currently find myself in a scary, yet exciting phase of my life where I am recovering from my burnout and its complications, and rebuilding my career from scratch. I will write blog posts on how I am reshaping my life and look forward to sharing my ideas and experiences with you.
Thanks for your interest and time in reading my content!