The Importance Of Medicine: The Stage Of Life

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What does it mean to live? Is it to simply eat, work so one can afford living, sleep and do it all over again? Is that going to be enough of a reason by the time one is retired and is in integrity versus despair stage of life as Erik Erikson put it? I personally do not believe so. I believe in order for life to have any meaning, one needs to have goals and a way of impacting the world around them by reaching those goals. Realizing one’s potential and setting realistic goals based on that potential, to me, is the key to developing integrity rather than despair later in life.
I chose medicine as my goal through personal circumstances. My family has not been without influence on this decision. My dad, now a nurse practitioner, was still in school
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For one, my naïve, romanticized notion of the doctor being the lone hero of healing changed as I started volunteering at Banner Baywood health center; during a particular code blue instance, I watched as physicians, nurses, nursing aides and technicians all worked together to stabilize a patient who had went into cardiac arrest. It became clear that while the doctor has an important role, it is working together with the whole medical team that defines healthcare delivery. I myself have always been a very independent student, so my own experience with teamwork comes mostly from doing research at ASU. I along with other undergraduate researchers and graduate students worked together towards the advancement of a common project—interaction of glycosaminoglycans with proteins—which was set up by our research advisor, Dr. Wang. In a way, the environment of Dr. Wang’s lab was similar to that of the hospital. I, like the nursing aids and technicians, performed the more basic, yet important tasks in lab such as making and purifying the sugar fragments, proteins, mediums, etc. the graduate students needed to obtain their data. Graduate students, like the nurses at the hospital, while working more independently, still worked closely with Dr. Wang to analyze their data and set the future direction of their research. Finally, Dr. Wang, like a physician at the hospital, was the director of the whole process. Though my work was basic compared to that of graduate students, and theirs simpler compared to that of Dr. Wang, it was each of us doing our part that lead to publishable

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