The day I decided I wanted to be a doctor

In all honesty, I don’t remember the day I decided I wanted to be a doctor contrary to the title of this blog post. Whoops.

As a measly 8th grader, I enrolled in business and health care electives. At the end of my freshman year, I was still torn between going into the medical field and starting my own business like I had always dreamed of doing. So, I enrolled in Premed 1 and Accounting 1 the following year to hopefully, figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

After maybe a month in Premed , I was sure I wanted to be a doctor. I was fascinated with the human body and all the diseases. When our teacher showed us a website in which we could watch surgeries, I was thrilled. I promptly suggested to my friends that we have a movie night, but watch a surgery instead.

I genuinely enjoyed studying for Premed tests and as a junior in Premed 2, I love taking the tests. I feel like every test I take, I’m one step closer to medical school. I decided as a sophomore that I would get as close to being in the medical field as I could as a high school student. This entailed volunteering at the hospital, which I had done for many years, interning in the vet clinic in the Humane Society for a second summer, and taking a CNA class over my break.

Getting certified as a nurses aide was the only job I could do in the medical field at 16 and I was determined. Being on crutches after my hip surgery for half of the summer made it easy for me to have time to study. I looked forward to class every Tuesday and Thursday and spent my days off studying and quizzing myself on med terms.

Recently, I finally got a job as a CNA and I love it. While it can be more like babysitting at times, it opens me up to the lowest ranks of the medical field and the reward of providing basic care. I do everything from toileting to putting cream up butts to cooking dinner. I love my job!

This year, I am currently in Premed 2 and enrolled in Premed 3 next semester. I couldn’t be happier. I’m learning so much and the thirst for learning about medicine is never quite quenched for me.

I applied to go to the Doctor For a Day program at KU Med back in September and I was accepted. Not only did that day reconfirm what I wanted to do with my life, but it also made me want to  spend time outside of school studying medicine and watching surgeries. I got to listen to lectures on the human body, tour research labs, learn to intubate a patient, and solve medical mysteries. It was an amazing experience.

I’m not sure what I want to do in the medical field yet, but I do know I want to be a doctor. I’ve thought about being an orthopedic surgeon with my own experiences with sport injuries or a gastrointestinal specialist like my mom sees. I’ve also seriously considered going into the army medical after med school because they will pay for med school. I’m not concerned with deciding right away what I want to do. I’ve got plenty of time to decide and I want to enjoy the journey. Besides, the world is my oyster.

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