How to Become a Doctor Essay

689 Words Jul 9th, 2015 3 Pages
My mother loves telling the story of my response when my parents asked me what I wanted for my third birthday. I responded by pounding both fists against my chest and jerking violently. Eventually they realized that I wanted defibrillators, as seen on the beloved television program “Emergency.” Although impressed with the technology, even then I was attracted to the idea of helping people.
Through example and upbringing, my family instilled in me the importance of being involved n all levels of life. Their dedication to living a full life kept my grandparents participating in family and worldly matters, active and vigorous well into their eighties. My parents are also lifelong students and gives of themselves in many ways to their
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During my experience as the
Valley Convalescent Hospital, I gained profound insight into the healing relationship between patient and doctor/healer. While I was there, I delivered ice-cream to patients for their afternoon snack. As soon as I brought the ice-cream into their rooms, their faces, which had previously appeared somber and withdrawn, began to glow. At first, I had believed that this response was in anticipation for the cool, sweet treat; however,
I soon realized that this response was a reaction to the company I was providing. Even a brief visit, or a cheery
“Hello” had the effect of powerful, healing medicine, transforming them, temporarily, into a vibrant, healthy state. Since then, I have had health related experience both from the perspective of a patient and that of a physician. An athletic injury resulted in an extensive and complex orthopedic surgery to my knee. The surgeon, Dr. Smith, impressed me with his combination of surgical expertise and concern for the personal needs of his patients. After I recovered, I accepted his invitation to be his extern during the summer of 1991 at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute where I got hands-on experience in orthopedic medicine. I observed surgery and participated in the office care of his patients. After learning the anatomy of the shoulder and the knee I performed diagnostic tests on patients to help determine the location and extent of their injuries.
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