Remote Profile: Michoel Burger

Backend Engineer, Hospital IQ, Hospital management software

Ontario, Canada (most recently living in New York, USA)

What are you working on for the year?

Most of my time is going towards my role at Hospital IQ. We help hospitals use data to optimize operations so the problems are both unique and rewarding to solve. On the side I'm working on a project that brings the offerings of tech to the field of mental health, a longtime passion of mine.

Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?

Growing up between three different cities left me with something of a restless spirit - I was making my own plans to go full nomad when a friend told me about Remote Year and it was a no-brainer.

How did you find yourself in a remote role?

I searched one out once I was accepted on Remote Year and I was lucky enough to find a position that's both accommodating and rewarding.

What do you have a knack for?

Problem solving is my thing. Whether it's technical, interpersonal, or as simple as getting laundry done when nothing's open I revel in finding creative solutions to tangled issues. This aligns well with being a nomadic engineer.

Where/when did you catch the travel bug?

While the seed was likely planted earlier in life I realized my thirst for travel after a few years in New York. Living there was a major goal during my late teens and early twenties as it seemed the place to sate my desire for adventure and new experiences. After a few years there, however, I realized there was still lots of adventure to be had but no newness. The streets, sights, sounds, and (unfortunately) smells were too familiar - I missed getting lost, learning new customs, meeting people from vastly different backgrounds; I needed to travel.

What book should everyone read?

A title that's had an impact on my life is "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse. It's a deceivingly simple story with deep messages that I constantly find relevant. And it's short, so there's really no good excuse for not giving it a shot.

What is the best saying/quote you know?

A favorite is the Serenity Prayer which I came across thanks to Kurt Vonnegut. It goes:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference."

As a chronic depressive it speaks deeply to what I need to keep in mind to face my personal demons as well as being a beautiful message I think everyone can benefit from by carrying in their heart.