A Wise Man Once Told Me Essay
Every day practicing as an Internist, there is something to learn, and unlearn. Considering the varied and overlapping spectrum most of the diseases can present with, it is fascinating and exciting to unravel the mystery behind every illness. Every case ignites a passion to know more. Life is never dull in Medicine.
My parents used to take me and my brother to visit a leprosy mission center and an orphanage to celebrate happy occasions in our lives, like birthdays, with them. These visits would elucidate sparks of joy in their otherwise mundane lives. These experiences filled me with a strong desire to give back to the society. It is only now that I realize that my virtues of empathy, compassion and altruism imbibed at a young age, subconsciously led me to the field of medicine, as it was the best way to convert my passion into my profession.
After medical school, I spent some time as a resident house surgeon. It was during this period of time that the importance of primary care dawned upon me. I realized that several of my patients could have averted surgeries if they had appropriate and timely screening. Through my interactions with them, I could see the poverty and scarcity of health care resources amid the residents of remote areas, compounded by lack of awareness and education. I decided that I didn’t want to join a big hospital or to immediately continue my higher…