1. Find employment as an EMT-B
My motivation for this is because I know I enjoy Emergency Medicine, and I want to have a job that connects me to Emergency Medicine. I need a job because I have loans I need to begin paying off, and what’s a better job than in the field I enjoy? I find it important to understand the pre-hospital setting as someone who wants to be an ER Physician. I’m the type of person who likes to know how a process works from beginning to end, so starting as an EMT seems very fitting.
A more interpersonal reason why I would like to be an EMT is knowing I’ll be there for patients and their families. As my instructor said, this is the one profession where we have to step into the lives of others and meet them on their level. And whether that person is a saint, or what I believe to be a total *******, I have to learn how to treat them with respect. It’s a personal challenge that is balance by the fact that we get to touch the lives of many patients and really turn around their days. Honestly, there has never been a moment more satisfying to me than knowing I made a difference in someone’s life.
2. Take the MCAT
My motivation for this goal is the fact I want to go to Medical School! This is one of many steps and hurdles I have to go through in order to apply to Medical School in 2019. I’ve been running towards this life-long goal of becoming an Emergency Medicine Physician and working for Doctors Without Borders, I can’t stop now. I’m the type of person who, when I know what I want, I keep running for it.
3. Apply for a Master’s in Public Health
My motivation for this goal is tied into my goals about becoming a Emergency Medicine Physician. In the ER, I will have to interact with and treat people from the community. Therefore, I believe it’s important to understand that community I’ll be serving and what health concerns may be particularly important or common as a result of wealth inequity or racial divides. I believe being a sensible physician requires a fundamental understanding that one’s environment does play an active role in their well-being and access to health care. As an ER Physician, I will certainly treat patients who otherwise do not have access to health care. I have to be understanding of why this might be, and provide the best education I can within the circumstances of my patient.
4. 30 Before 30: Hike 4 mountains to bring my summit count up to 5/30
After hiking Mt. Lassen earlier this year, I really fell in love with this idea of hiking up 30 mountains before I turn 30 years-old. Mt. Lassen was a strenuous hike and definitely one of the hardest tasks I’ve ever completed… and it was done spontaneously! My asthma created chest discomfort and exhaustion within 50 feet, and this hike was about 2 miles up to the peak. However, when I finally got to the top, I felt so accomplished in ways I’ve never felt before. I would love to take on this challenge of 30 Before 30 to show myself that I’m more than my asthma and short legs.