My Journey To Study Osteopathic Medicine

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With my head covered and shoes removed, I bent over to wash my hands and feet in the holy water before stepping inside the Golden Temple. With my hands folded together, I stood in front of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (holy scriptures) and dedicated a prayer for Jatinder’s, my brother’s, health. Growing up with an older brother with special needs, I have seen the close relationship my family has with the family physician. The role of the family physician in patients with Down Syndrome is to provide a comprehensive medical evaluation and medical surveillance of diseases common in them. Further, my parents seek for guidance for more than Jatinder’s medical needs, including his daily living skills, intellectual disability, and functional limitations. …show more content…
In 2012, I was selected as a Junior Volunteer at Southwest General Hospital (SWGH) where I gained valuable patient care experiences. As a volunteer, I have many responsibilities such as answering phones, directing visitors to their destination, and transporting equipment. However, my favorite responsibility is discharging patients from the hospital, because it allows me to interact with a diverse group of people and listen to their feelings. Some patients I discharge were stressed and anxious from undergoing their treatment or surgery. Keeping this in mind, I strive to make my time with each patient his or her most relaxing experience in the hospital. Most patients love telling me about their personal lives and how excited they are to go home after their long stay. Others are more reserved and would rather ask me questions about myself. Through my observations, I learned how everyone differ in their emotions after their stay at the hospital. And as a future physician, I realized how patients differ in their emotional needs, an important factor of health. While I was a pharmacy volunteer at SWGH’s pharmacy, I interacted with the pharmacists. and technicians. Speaking with the pharmacists about medicines, and seeing people pick up their medications, I learned how common …show more content…
It was a privilege to conduct research in the Radiation Oncology department under the mentorship of Jay Ciezki, MD. During the internship, my experience with the medical industry was greatly enhanced. I was able to witness one of the highest standards of patient care at the Cleveland Clinic. Consequently, I am determined to be able to provide that same standard of care for my future patients. While interacting with a diverse group of patients and world renowned medical professionals, I learned I must maintain the utmost degree of professionalism. With help from my mentor, I developed new skills in the process of creating my research project such as collecting data, analyzing my results, forming a conclusion, and fabricating an abstract. By the end of the summer, I completed the research project entitled “Comparisons of Outcomes among Patients Treated with Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation or Radical Prostatectomy for High-Risk Prostate Cancer.” Further, our abstract was recently submitted for publication in the 2016 American Society of Clinical

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