My Pursuit of and Passion For Medicine

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At three in the morning, the phone rang. A trembling voice relayed the news that my friend had fallen into a coma due to an inoperable brain aneurysm. A few days later, her family decided to stop life support after confirmation that she was completely brain-dead. The fact that nothing could be done for her in this day and age, despite all our technological advancements, was a great shock to me. In addition, the fact that she was younger than me made me realize how short and precious each life truly is. Her death inspired me to pursue medicine so that one day, others in similarly hopeless situations, would have a chance to survive. My dream is that one day, I will contribute to bringing medicine one step closer to curing someone with a…show more content…
I also found a commonality between the world of medicine and my hobbies of scuba diving and flying - trust. The moment a person steps into my plane, or enters a dive as my partner, he is putting his life into my hands and I have the responsibility to earn and guard his trust in the same way I trust my instructor or dive partner. Conversely, I have learned to trust my co-pilots and dive partners. Last semester, during my time with Dr. Richard Turner, I saw people from all ages and backgrounds transform into similarly trusting individuals whose trust enabled them to receive treatment. This dynamic between vulnerable trust and the great responsibility of life that each doctor bears is what has intrigued and inspired me to commit myself to this dream. I saw patients trusting their physicians, just as my passengers have trusted me. I saw physicians, nurses, and lab technicians working together to accomplish common goals just as I have worked with teams of advanced divers. Building trust-based relationships and putting my love for problem solving in practical situations, medicine encompasses two of my most cherished values. However, what has struck me the most is the imbalance of the medical care received by the poor versus the rich. A treatable illness that shows up only once or twice a year in one nation may kill thousands in another nation. I hope to contribute to reducing this disparity through my medical
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