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When Professor Sloan asked the class to interview someone in our profession, I was thrilled with the idea of talking to someone who could guide me in the field of Allergy and Immunology. I eagerly went home, and without a minute to waste, I looked for the Yellow Pages with all the phone listings. As I was sitting on my couch, I diligently looked through the Yellow Pages for local Allergy and Immunology clinics in my area. The first office that I called is five minutes away from my house. When the receptionist answered the phone, I introduced myself, and I also stated the reason for my call. The receptionist replied, “I am boss is on vacation, and she is the only one that could help you." I asked her, "When will she be back?" The receptionist said, "Not until mid December." Before I ended the call, transferred me to her boss’s voicemail, so I left a message with all my information, but I was not expecting her to call me back. I was in distress, but I took a deep breath of air, and I called the other clinics in Hialeah, FL. Each clinic gave me a list of excuses on why they cannot help me! One of my favorite excuses was, "our office is located at Kendall." I shook my head in amazement because the number is registered in Hialeah, FL. At this point I felt frustrated and desperate! After being turned down nine times, I quit for the day. The next day, I went to my primary care doctor's office because my left knee was hurting. He examined my knee, and said, "You need to see my colleague, who is an orthopedic doctor." So, he schedules an appointment for December 4th. Even though Allergy and Immunology would be my ideal choice in medicine, I am opened minded to learn about other fields in medicine. So, I was thrilled because n... ... middle of paper ... ... for someone like me?” She said, “Never give up on your dreams, and do not set your heart on just one branch in medicine.” I nodded my head, and thanked her for time and advices. Overall, I had a good time at the interview, but it did not completely confirm what choice I should make. I would have to interview an Internist next, and then compare and contrast both fields. Base on what Dr. Torres told me, I believe internal medicine suits my personality best. I naturally like solve puzzles, and I believe I would make an awesome “Sherlock Holmes”. It is true what my grandmother says, “en guerra avisada no muere soldado!” The English translation of this old Cuban proverb is, “if you know what you are up against, you will be ready for it.” Now I know what challenges I would be facing if I choose pediatric medicine. Thank you Professor Sloan for this awesome assignment!
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