My experiences have forced me to change and encouraged me to improve. As an adolescent, I struggled with being an overweight child. I was constantly advised by pediatricians to make a change. Over time, I was able to overcome this obstacle through a tiring effort. Those years allowed me to improve myself mentally and physically. Recently, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with hepatitis C. She and her family in Pakistan relied on me for guidance. I was forced to take on the role of a physician to a certain extent, having to tread carefully and be very tactful. This gave me confidence about transitioning from a student into a physician in the near future.
My interest in family medicine started when one of my med-school buddies nonchalantly mentioned to me during a casual conversation, that family medicine was “the best” field. Reminiscing over the conversation, I considered the implications of a career in family medicine. I began contemplating the vast array of illnesses around me that I was naïve of before becoming a medical student. The importance of the field could be seen all around my personal life. My father recently started losartan for hypertension, my m...
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...nd has been very active in community service for many years, he mentioned that when I was done with my residency training, he would help in establishing a free clinic type scenario arranged for me on occasions in which I would visit. Visioning my mere thoughts become near realities gives me the motivation to become a family medicine physician.
As may be gathered, I have large tight-knit family resembling a small community. During my rotations, the sense of community and camaraderie was never more on display than in my family medicine rotation. I plan to take the skills I acquire in family medicine to reach as many people as I can, whether they are patients, family, friends, or underserved, here and in Pakistan. I desire to give in response to what I have been blessed with in my life. Physicians are plentiful in my family; yet, I hope to be more than just that.
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