I was able to apply it to both my academic and personal life to great benefit. Shadowing also allowed me to understand that physicians are just as human as everyone else. The ones I shadowed cared deeply about their patients and at times need to take a moment to decompress. These qualities are something I have carried with me and hope to implement one day as a physician
How has the clinical experience changed you as a person? I think the clinical experience has had a positive impact on my life. I feel I have slowly discovered how much I enjoy working in a hospital setting. I figured I would enjoy taking x-rays, but you never truly know until you are actually in the environment. In a way I have become more caring as a person, especially when you see newborn babies struggling and fighting for their lives.
I’m confident with my decisions and know that, with the right education and training, I could be the one to make difficult and effective diagnostic decisions. Moreover, I am motivated to pursue medicine because I see where I can contribute to the overall advancement of medicine and care in the U.S. For instance, one in five adults in the U.S. suffer from a mental illness, with this having been such a huge population, people often disregard how important mental health is. Psychiatry has been a specialist I am considering because of the holistic approach to the health of a patient and I want a direct impact on patient’s in a field that has been
My personal characteristics, experiences, and professional and personal goals both align with those promoted by the National Academy of Kinesiology and will greatly contribute to my success in the field of kinesiology and ultimately, as a physical therapist. Some of my most prominent characteristics include my compassion, empathy, and caring nature. My desire to relate and build relationships will aid me when interacting with patients and provide a comfortable environment to perform my duties in the field of Kinesiology. Many of these traits originate from my personal experience as a patient. After a serious injury I was advised to cease all physical activity, and I was desperate to find anything with the possibility of getting me back to doing what I loved again.
My experience with hospital volunteering and involvement with Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Club provided me with more exposure to the medical field. I learned how to approach various people I could encounter in my desired career path, physical therapy. With intelligent professionals, such as doctors and nurses, I gained knowledge on how to formally communicate with them and follow the tasks I am given. Regarding the patients of the hospital and their families, I learned how to show compassion and generosity towards strangers that have been stricken by misfortune. An important life lesson that I have acquired throughout the year is that when being involved with volunteer and leadership experience, the greatest reward is not being paid in money or recognition, but being paid in love.
Having the opportunity to listen to patients during their interactions with physicians while shadowing in primary care practices was most profound to my journey of pursuing a career in medicine. Often the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions are regarded as most important in providing successful care to patients. However, from my experience shadowing, it became apparent that the act of listening to patients is just as essential to the practice of clinical medicine. While shadowing, I was amazed of how often and to the extent patients would disclose their thoughts, feelings, and fears to their physician. I began to understand that to be a physician is much more than treating the body itself, but caring for all of its components— physically,
I can’t think of anything more rewarding that I’d enjoy doing besides helping people in need. I believe being a respiratory therapist would be good for me, as I would be good for this field as well. I truly believe I’m everything that is required of this field, people-oriented, dependable, flexible, honest, compassionate, hardworking and willing to learn. I always pictured myself working in a hospital setting. When it comes to something I want to do the rest of my life, I want to feel and know what I’m doing is something important.
In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men -Cicero. My parents are both physicians working long hours to ensure every person that sets foot in their clinic was treated and treated well. I grew up watching their dedication and commitment to their profession. Witnessing the flowing gratitude and respect in their patients’ eyes was not only touching, but motivating. My father who is also my mentor, has a huge role in providing me with the experiences and education needed to solidify my decision to be a gastroenterologist.
When I look forward to my life in thirty years, I can see myself working in a hospital. I think that this is important to be able to see. When choosing a career, I want to be choosing it as something that I can see myself having a bright future in. Finally, I want to be a biology major with a focus on medicine because I am a people person. Not only do I think that the study of life is the most fascinating subject, but I also love that there are so many career options with a social aspect.
When I first attended Community College of Philadelphia, I was indecisive. At first, nursing seemed like my best fit. Nursing seemed like my best choice, because I enjoy helping others, wanted to be a social change agent, and make a positive difference in one 's life. Growing up, I spent a lot of my time in and out of hospitals, due to asthma. Observing and meeting people with similar experiences made me reevaluate and reconsider nursing as a major.