A huge gap exists between western medicine and medicine practiced in third world countries due to the lack of resources and thin stretching of physicians, thus leading to unfortunate outcomes for many patients. In Sudan for instance, it is all too common for a patient to encounter such unfortunate care where there is a lack of doctors, thus making a patient visit a hastily diagnosed one. My mother passing from leukemia due to a lack of proper diagnostics as the doctor misinterpreted the sig...
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...r diagnosis. It ended up being an E. coli infection from a potato salad that she had during a picnic. It was such a gratifying experience to play doctor and finally being able to use the formulated scientific method learned in my science courses to figuring out plausible diagnostics. The lifelong learning and improving the lives of so many patients is exactly what I wish to do for the long haul.
As the saying goes, you only need one significant event to steer you towards wanting to pursue a career in medicine, and I strongly believe that to be true. My mother’s passing has definitely molded me to the strong passionate person I am today. I want to become a doctor for all the right reasons. I want to be the voice for those who are in need and to steer others like myself towards a career that is more than a routine job, but rather a true vocation as a medical doctor.
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