My Shadowing Experience In Medicine
Physicians have the ability to heal both physically and emotionally by being a knowledgeable guide and trustworthy confidant.
The experiences I have gathered working as a scribe in the Missouri Baptist emergency room have proven invaluable as it has immersed me in the learning opportunity of working alongside a physician. I document all of the patient’s complaints and physical exam findings to help paint a comprehensive clinical picture. Each patient presents with a unique story and history and I often find myself researching the various conditions each possess. I exhibited this same curiosity during my shadowing experiences as well. I have observed multiple orthopedic surgeries, a day full of cardioversions, angioplasties, and simple office check ups, …show more content…
I have possessed this interest throughout my entire life, but I became conscious of it in high school. I found myself reading the pages of my biology textbook intensely trying to understand how glucose was transformed to ATP within cells. I was equally interested in chemistry and how chemical reactions took place. One thing that particularly caught my mind, though, was when my anatomy and physiology class observed the dissection of a cadaver. I remember being in awe of the complexity of the human body; meanwhile some of my classmates became ill. I decided to major in biochemistry—the chemistry of life—to fully explore my scientific interests. I further pursued biochemistry through working in a chemical immunology lab at the Doisy Research Center. The lab’s interests have clinical implications through our work with macrophage migration inhibitory factor, a pro-inflammatory cytokine molecule associated with rheumatoid arthritis. So far, I have been able to help set up experiments, run agarose gel electrophoresis, determine protein and DNA concentration, and perform a bacterial transformation experiment. These experiences have been very satisfying, as I am working with and manipulating the things I read about in my textbooks. I look forward to increasing my role within the lab in the years to come eventually my own project that, hopefully, results in a