As a screenwriter, I tend to think about things in a three-act structure.
My first act was preparing for and becoming a doctor. I grew up in suburban New York, went to Harvard, then Tufts Medical School, then internship and residency in internal medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital, then fellowship in infectious diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital before starting an internal medicine practice. In college, rather than majoring in something traditional like biochemistry, I got my degree in archaeology. I spent a lot of time on digs, particularly in England, and as a young student working for a University of Chicago professor, I met my wife Tessa, who happened to be the boss’s