Why Become A Paediatrician

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I remember doing an interview with the yearbook coordinators in grade 8 and her asking what do you want to do? My answer, a paediatrician. Even with my limited knowledge of medicine, I knew medicine was my ultimate career choice. Following this interaction, I did as most kids do and binge searched the topic. I googled, ‘how to become a paediatrician?’ Mind you, my grasp of the English language was very rudimentary at the time since I had just immigrated to Canada two years prior. The google results overwhelmingly stated that I need all A’s and to increase my chances of being accepted to medical school I need to volunteer. I had A’s in my classes so I had completed half of my requirements to becoming a physician but as a 12- year-old and a new …show more content…
I also volunteered for the New Canadian Centre of Excellence, Windsor Summer Fest, Host Youth Leadership Program at the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, and continued to provide Persian interpretation to newcomers from Iran and Afghanistan. In addition, I was chosen as one the few students in my city to take part in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and was the sole representative for Windsor, Ontario in the Rotary Adventures in Citizenship conference in …show more content…
This shadowing experience allowed me to learn first-hand what being a physician entails on an everyday basis. I was able to see the professional etiquette that is required of a physician in terms of their attention and attitude towards patients. Also, the experience allowed me to broaden my understanding of clinical work since I was able to see the downside of medicine because like the USA, and unlike Canada, Iran does not have medicine for all; thus, some of the patients could not afford their needed treatments. Although this was difficult to witness at the time it allowed me to experience a fraction of what it would be like to practice medicine in the USA. I am also currently a member of the club Operation Christmas Child formed by few of my friends and fellow University of Windsor students. Our club works to fill shoe boxes with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys, during Christmas. Those shoe boxes are then distributed to children across the globe regardless of their gender, race, or religion. Both of these recent experiences have further cemented my passion for paediatrics by allowing me to see first hand the downside of medicine and the challenges that children all over the world face. I have been blessed to be able to give back to locally and to the global community as well and would like to continue this path with a career in

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