The summer after my freshman year in college, I went back to Honduras to volunteer with the children who had leukemia at the National Public Hospital. I have never been as intimidated as my first day, when I followed the attending oncologist, while he was showing me the pediatric unit. He also explained my duties, which were attending and playing with the children. When I was left to start my job, I felt almost as nuisance in the midst of that hectic hospital room. Unsure on how to approach the patients, I looked around and found a tender smiling face. Although I was nervous, the warmth of his expression gave me the confidence to walk towards his bed. After a long and pleasant talk, I learned that Diego was from a remote rural town, and that his father visited him three days a week because he had to work to support his family. Diego suffered from a severe form of leukemia and had been hospitalized for nine months. Due to his poor health, he was unable to walk or even sit up in his bed. Hence, he developed atrophy in his legs causing them to lose strength and mobility. Yet with a huge sparkle in his eyes, Diego shared with me his dreams of becoming a great soccer player. As I turned away to retrieve the board games that he requested, I was moved by his courage to dream despite the hardships he was enduring at such a young age. This encounter was the beginning of an important turning point in my life. What initially began as a job became a real duty for me. I felt compelled and obligated to the children whom I interacted with, gaining satisfaction in doing so. At first, it seemed I was doing them a favor but rather it was the children that made an impact in my life. After I left Diego’s bedside that day, I was heartbroken to see h...
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...forming bench research at Barry University and Weill Cornell Medical College in the Traveler’s Research Fellowship, I have been exposed to the side of medicine where scientists work every day to find cures for diseases and save lives. Experiencing different aspects of medicine has made me a more competent individual to thrive in this field and has deepened my interest and passion to pursue medicine as a career.I believe that those who fight with so little against so much truly need others to help them in their struggle. Being a physician is not only becoming a successful professional. I will work hard to bring about necessary changes to end social disparities, so that more groups in society receive the best healthcare. By making a difference in their lives, I will receive rewarding experiences that are worth all the hard work and sacrifice my chosen career requires.
As a student that is currently seeking a career in the medical professions, I have had to routinely contemplate my reasons for pursuing such an extensive education program in a field that is constantly demanding excessive time and effort. I know of students—many friends and acquaintances of mine included—that have the most sure-fire, inspirational stories that align with their desire to become doctors, surgeons, physician assistants, etc. They always seemed to have a story that emphasized their desire to “give back” what they have received from the medical community. Because of that, ever since the beginning of high school, I have been trying to find an extraordinary reason, a purpose for my medical pursuits. Perhaps I could justify my passion for
I have always wanted to work in the medical field since I was a child. Around four, I told my pediatrician during a well- check visit that I wanted to grow up and be just like her. My love of infants and children strongly influenced my career choice because I want to have the ability to help sick children who do not have the ability to help themselves. I have considered many options to enter the healthcare field from nurse, to doctor, and finally came to the conclusion that what I truly wanted out of my future resided in a career as a Physician Assistant. Becoming a PA is not something that I have considered lightly. I did not decide I wanted to become a PA for the convenience factors of tuition, family, or the amount of schooling. I decided
Although metrics and statistics may assist in defining success, I want to go beyond the numbers. I want to be the best physician I can, and understand it will require drive, focus, perseverance, and hard work. I welcome the challenges ahead and am eager to continue to learn and develop in the medical field. I will study as much as it takes to ensure that I am comfortable with the material and to maximize learning. My study habits have drastically improved over the past few years.
There is a moment in everyone’s life that changes them forever. For me that moment was when my best friend Santiago Huertas got diagnosed with leukemia in the seventh grade. This is the story on how we met, became friends, and how his diagnostics and death made me the person I am today. This story takes place at Hialeah Gardens Middle School in 2010.
During my last visit, I assisted a young girl who had a horrible infection in her leg. While the doctors cleaned her leg, I prayed and kept her calm by talking to her. When other patients visited the clinic, I held their hands while their teeth were being cleaned or cuts were being bandaged. Throughout the years, I have built many relationships with the children in Honduras. Each year when I arrive, my friends Santos and Jocelyn run and jump into the truck because they know I am there to help them. They always show me a toy or clothes I brought the previous year. Their happiness is evidence that my actions have had a positive impact and added value to their lives. Mission work has demonstrated to me the importance of valuing and helping others and has given me a great sense of purpose and appreciation for my
The study of medicine represents the crossroad between my desire to aid and understand others, and my fascination with science. I know the philosophy and faith I have learned from sailing combined with my growing devotion to science will keep me persistent as I strive to understand and solve the misfortunes of
As a hospital volunteer, as the daughter of two surgeons, and as a healthcare employee, much of my life has been involved around medicine. I have recognized that becoming a physician and gaining a proper knowledge can serve as an effective way in which I can apply my talents to serve a larger population. My main objective is to aid people who cannot afford basic health care. After gaining my MD degree, I plan on going back to India and other underserved regions of the world to provide free medical services. At present, I am a part of an organization that helps educate underprivileged children in India.
There is a well-known saying that someone who does nothing for his fellow human beings leads only a half-life. No other profession epitomizes this ideal better than the practice of medicine, which not only aims to restore health but also to protect it, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity and religion. By choosing to become a doctor, I hope to not only become part of a fulfilling and noble profession, but also lead a full life. Ambition alone is useless unless combined with meaningful action. I have always been a hard-working individual, and I derive satisfaction from academic excellence.
My career choice is to become a pediatrician. The question is: what makes this job so interesting or fantastic enough to be chosen? This job requires many sacrifices, skills, and strengths to endeavor the obstacles on the way to the goal. This particular job is also a very honorable and noble job in the sense of helping children with their illnesses and ailments. Personally, I love children and I’m always fascinated by their actions and interesting techniques of expressing themselves. Since I am intrigued by the children’s personality I love spending time with them (and that’s why their child-like ways rub off on me). Thus, I believe that my own childish personality and my love of children will motivate me in the near future to help them out with their medical needs. Also, being a pediatrician and helping out children has its own rewards. Not only will I be doing something I enjoy, but I will be getting paid a generous price as well. A pediatrician’s salary is not the highest one compared to surgeons or cardiologists, but it’s enough to have a life that is something more than simply satisfying. Another good aspect of this job is that they only focus on the health of children rather than all of the age groups. An adult and a child are so different they are nearly two different species. If a child is brought to a doctor who specializes in all age groups, the child would not be getting the same kind of attention that he or she would be getting, compared to that from a doctor who specializes only in children. Doctors that specialize in all age groups are used to make quick, rough, and fundamental actions need for the healing of the patient. One does not simply treat a child the same way an adult would be treated. The child would becom...
I feel that clinical medicine strikes an ideal balance between science and people that I would find satisfying in a career. Medicine also has an exciting future, with new technologies and research affecting all aspects of medical practice. I look forward to the prospect of being involved in the changing face of healthcare and the lifelong learning that is synonymous with this career. Further to this, my degree in public health and health sciences reiterated the importance of quality healthcare for populations. It brought into focus the disparities that exist, and the
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). For three years, these 20 words, written in bright silver letters near the entrance of Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, welcomed me before each of my volunteering shifts in this hospital’s emergency department. The verse, to me, was more than just letters on a wall; it was a symbol for why I loved health care and why I eventually chose to pursue a medical career.
During undergrad and medical school, I conducted research, which honed by ability to determine the efficacy and validity of medical research. This will allow me to practice evidence-based medicine, which leads to better health outcomes for patients. “Having spent the majority of life on the receiving end, I take pride in sharing the knowledge I received. I repeatedly took opportunities to teach in college, medical school, and during clinical
Medical Doctor is my top career choice. A career in medicine exemplifies my second and third career choices. Clinical Psychologists rectify maladjusted individuals, empowering them to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted. Professional bodybuilding demands vast time commitment, dedication, and work ethic. Bodybuilders engage in extensive practice and personal progression, in order to master the skills of their trade. As a physician, I intend to integrate all of these fundamental principles. I desire to master the skills necessitated by current demands of medicine and to motivate and empathize with my patients, so they can live long and prosperous lives.
Throughout my life, I have worked towards one goal which is to become a doctor. Medicine offers the opportunity for me to integrate different scopes of science while trying to improve human life. Medicine has intrigued me throughout all my life because it??s a never ending mystery and every answer has questions, and vice versa. Upon entering my career, I had assumed that professional and financial success would surely bring personal fulfillment. This realization triggered a process of self-searching that led me to medicine. The commitment to provide others with healthcare is a serious decision for anyone. As I examined my interests and goals, however, I underwent a process of personal growth that has propelled me towards a career as a physician. A career in medicine will allow me to integrate thoroughly my passion for science into a public-service framework. Since childhood, I have loved acquiring scientific knowledge, particularly involving biological processes. During my undergraduate studies, I displayed my ability to juggle competing demands while still maintaining my academic focus; I have succeeded at school while volunteering part time, spending time with family and friends, and working part-time. To better serve my expected patient population, I worked over my English and Korean language skills. I have come to discover that a job and even a good income, without another significant purpose, will not bring satisfaction. I planed to utilize my assets, namely my problem- solving affinity, strong work ethic, and interpersonal commitment, to craft a stimulating, personally rewarding career in medicine. I have taken stock of myself, considering my skills, experiences, and goals. I have looked to family and friends, some of whom are doctors, for advice. Because of this self-examination, I have decided to pursue a career in health care. The process has been difficult at times but always illuminating. Throughout it all, I have never lost confidence - the confidence that I will actively absorb all available medical knowledge, forge friendships with fellow students, and emerge from my training as a skilful and caring physician.