Personal Statement: My Values And Goals In Medicine

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Born as the 2nd and youngest child of a single-mother in a small farming town south of Detroit called Monroe, Michigan, I was taught values and character traits vicariously through our mother, brother and father. Although my father was not in my life directly, the lack him because of his alcoholism was an illustration of addiction’s power. Being raised by my mother, she demonstrated her mantra that anything is accomplishable if you work hard and never give up. Becoming the first female Cub Master of the Year for our Boy Scout Troop, teaching us to race dirt bikes and play every sport at the Catholic elementary and middle school I attended were some of my mother’s accomplishments that shaped my perspective as a child. While most of my family …show more content…
Through the middle college’s partnership with the local hospital, I shadowed numerous healthcare professionals for 40 hours, with most of my time spent inside the operating room. By witnessing patients being treated by the dynamic team of healthcare providers, my passion for medicine grew with each surgery I observed and each doctor that I met. While this experience transformed my interest in medicine to a serious career goal, I still hoped to gain new perspectives through the remainder of my undergraduate education. Transferring 1500 miles from home to The University of Colorado Boulder gave me a chance to prove my adaptability and meet some of the greatest friends and mentors of my life. As a Biochemical Engineering student, I worked with IMAGINE Boulder to teach our developmentally-disabled client to work with various switches and knobs through an interactive game we designed and built. The goal of this project was to be able to implement the switches and knobs he could use on household appliances to give our client greater independence. While this project taught me an incredible amount of planning, budgeting, and completing a project with a team, it was not until I had become a Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology major that my largest academic and personal growth …show more content…
By hoping to expand upon my previous research, The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UCSD provides the opportunity to perform translational research in the quickly growing field of Cannabinoid Medicine. While Cannabis is becoming as recreationally accepted as alcohol in society, the depth of research that should be performed for safety, efficiency, and oversight is limited within America even though we have arguably the most legal Cannabis in the world. While research for recreational use is essential, I hope to focus more on the medicinal properties of this plant, specifically the anti-tumor and apoptotic effects of Cannabinoids. With over 1.2 million registered Medicinal Marijuana patients in America, the use of this medicine is highly unregulated and unguided, even when there are numerous case studies documenting the successful medicinal use. My goal for Cannabis is to fully understand the uses and dangers for each condition and begin to make this treatment guided by a physician as any other treatment would. With UCSD’s training, I hope to become not only a leader in Medicinal Cannabis Research, but a leader in the clinic to train future physicians during my

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