Importance Of Choosing A Career In Medicine

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“I need the chest tube try now and where is my blood?” was the first thing I heard when I entered the emergency room on a late Saturday night. The patient came in coding after being shot five times by police and upon arrival the staff immediately jumped in to try and save his life. I watched mesmerized as the resident opened up his chest in order to get control of the bleeding. Even though the procedure was unsuccessful and the patient eventually expired, it was a great learning experience for everyone involved. Medicine is such an interesting field because it is constantly changing and adapting to new information that is discovered and there are always learning opportunities. When I was in kindergarten, I always told people I wanted to become …show more content…
Throughout my childhood I experienced many episodes of vasovagal syncope from seeing or even just talking about blood. In high school, however, I decided to take Anatomy and Physiology in order to challenge myself. By taking this class, I realized just how fascinating the human body truly is and became determined to follow my dream of practicing medicine. I even got a chance to dissect a sheep heart and brain without any having any syncopal episodes. Afterward, I decided to learn more about vasovagal syncope and the physiology behind it, as well as research different ways to prevent syncopal episodes from occurring. Ultimately, I decided to try a method similar to cognitive behavior therapy by immersing myself in the field of medicine through volunteering and working in various medical settings. This approach was very successful because I have been able to observe various procedures, including thoracotomies, cesarean sections, incision and drainage procedures and laceration repairs, and each experience has given me an opportunity to learn more about the field of medicine and has encouraged me to keep moving …show more content…
Volunteering as a Health Scholar has truly showed me just how dedicated you have to be to work in the medical field because the days are long and there is a never ending influx of patient requests. The best moments in medicine are when you get a chance to make a patient smile, make them feel heard and make them feel better. While volunteering on the various floors of the hospital, I got a chance to know many patients and listen to their stories. The hardest moment, however, are when despite our best efforts we cannot help the patient. For me, this moment came when I lost my first patient, whom I was just starting to get to know. He was a very nice man who did not ask for very much and had a very loving family with him always. Unfortunately, he did pass away while I was working and I watched as the doctor and nurses tried tirelessly to get him back, but to no avail. In all of these moments, I take a step back and remember why I want to go into medicine. While death is inevitable, disease can be battled and people can be cared for in all moments of their

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