I'm an anesthesiologist and gamer providing live Q&A sessions to help other gamers improve and maintain their physical and mental health. AMA!
Hello, Reddit! My name is Alex Tripp. I'm a devoted gamer and anesthesiologist and am here to answer any questions you have regarding anything relating to mental or physical health. My goal is to make medical info easily accessible for everyone.
Frustrated with the lack of publicly-available immediate, reliable information during the pandemic, I started discussing medical current events and fielding questions live in February of 2021. Whether it's being on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, managing anxiety or depression, getting into or through medical education, life as a physician, upcoming surgeries, medical horror stories, or anything else you can come up with, I'm ready! AMA!
A little bit about me:
As mentioned, I'm an anesthesiologist, dopey dad, and long-time enthusiast of all types of gaming from video to tabletop. I trained at the University of Kansas, and I'm currently in private practice in the Kansas City area. Throughout my medical education and career, I've been a sounding board for medical questions from those around me. Gamers and medicine, it turns out, don't overlap much, and given that we're often not the healthiest of folk, the demand for info has always been high.
Since the pandemic started, it has become painfully obvious that people's functional access to reliable information sources to answer their medical questions is extremely limited. Health care centers are overcrowded, and face time with providers was scarce before COVID hit. Misinformation is far too prevalent for many people to differentiate fact from fiction. I have a long history of being an adviser for medical students and residents, and after fielding constant questions from friends and family, I wanted to spread that influence broader.
I decided to get more involved in social media, showing people that medicine can be really cool and that the answers they're looking for don't have to be shrouded in political rhetoric and/or difficult to find. Ultimately, over the past year, I started creating video content and doing interactive Q&A live streams on topics ranging from COVID to detailed descriptions of surgeries to interviewing for positions in healthcare, all while gaming my brains out. It has been extremely rewarding and lots of fun to provide information live and help everyone gain a better grasp on our rapidly-evolving healthcare system. A surprising amount of people simply don't know whom to trust or where to look for information, so I typically provide or go spelunking for high-quality supporting evidence as we talk.
Overall, my goal is to make medical information readily available and show that doctors are just dude(tte)s like everyone else. I love talking about some of the cooler parts of my job, but I also enjoy blasting some Space Marines in Warhammer 40k and mowing down monsters in Path of Exile. Whether you're interested in the gaming stuff or how we do heart surgery, I'm here to tell all. AMA!
edit at 1600 Central time: Thank you all so much for your contributions. What a response! I've been furiously typing for about 5 straight hours now, so I'm going to take my own advice and hop over to the gym for a little decompression. If I haven't answered your question, I'll do my best to get to it in a bit. Also, I'll be live on Twitch and YouTube this evening at 8 Central if anyone wants to join then. Thanks again for the interest!
edit 2 at 2000: Oh man, you guys are amazing! I didn't expect anything near this kind of turnout. I hope I've helped you out meaningfully. For those whose questions I didn't quite get to, I'll do my best to catch up tomorrow, but it's likely going to be a busy work day. In the mean time, I'm going to start my stream, so feel free to hop in and hang, if you like. We'll at least briefly be talking about stabbing hearts and eating placentas. Yes, really. Thanks so very much for all the excellent questions. I promise I'll get to all of you eventually.
Edit 12/31: Just for the record, I'm still working my way through everyone's questions. I probably won't be able to get to any today, but I'll make a final push tomorrow during the day. I'll also link some answers to questions that got asked multiple times since those are obviously hot topics. Thanks again for participating, and I hope I provided the answers you're looking for! If I miss you, feel free to DM me, or I'm live Wednesdays and Sundays starting at 8 PM Central.