Surgeon In Training

Watching medical documentaries and medical shows started my fascination about the world of medicine. The sterile hospital no longer bothered me. Instead, the smell became something I felt comforted by. Growing up, I translated at hospital so many times for plenty of reasons,so I grew fond of the doctors, nurses and surgeons I saw. When you ask most teenagers and even some in theirs twenties, they are dumbfounded by the question.

I have always wanted to become a surgeon. No, I do not want to become a surgeon for the money like most people do. I want to travel around the world helping the less fortunate people with unknown medical conditions recover. Settling down to a job where you are confined to a desk doing the same things everyday is not my view on how the future days should be spent. I am motivated by the fact that I will be facing new challenges everyday and overcoming them. Saving people on the brink of death and seeing them reunite with their loved ones is what truly inspires me.

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I want to make a difference in how medicine is perceived throughout the world. Finishing medical school and starting my residency has been one of the many goals I look forward to accomplishing. Sometimes I want to skip high school and college just to attend med school. I feel like there are many people who probably hear me talking about becoming a surgeon and think I cannot do it, or I will not go through with my plans. After all, I don’t want to fail my parents, my brothers, and my other relatives. I mean, I’m not doing it for them, but they are a part of the reason why my plans are as they are.

My parents look so proud when I tell them I want to become a surgeon, so I cannot just quit my dreams because they are getting hard to reach. Some try to scare me and tell me med school is expensive, and also say the materials are very difficult to learn. I don’t care how expensive it is. I don’t care how hard it will be. A dream is a dream. “When the going gets tough, the tough keep going,”- Billy Ocean.

Stopping because its difficult, I will not let it be a barrier for me. As a future surgeon, I love watching medical shows/movies/documentaries. If I am at home doing nothing, I’m probably watching heart surgeries, cesareans, and how perform different types of stitches. I fell completely in love with the diligent, skillful hands of a surgeon. Because of my love for the medical field, I don’t want to have a family.

It definitely is not because I don’t want one, but I’ve hear about how some surgeons are too busy with work to spend time with their families, and thats what causes families to break. I can’t picture myself being tied down to a family not doing the work I was destined to do. To the people reading this, you probably think I’m a crazy lunatic, but would you want a family you can’t spend time with? I sure don’t. I don’t want to raise my kids in an environment where I’m not around as often I should be. Maybe as I get older I’ll change my mind, but as of right now, I prefer not having kids.

I pray that I won’t be like those people in college who plan om going into medicine and three years in they quit. It is such a shame because you spent all those years studying, and suddenly, you just decide to drop it. I know this student who was in her third year of medical school, and she just decided to quit due to the difficult studies. Why would you do that? She almost finished, and you’re quitting? Hearing stories like this makes me grow old by the minute. I’m probably just too blind by my fascination to see other people do not enjoy it as much as I do.

My best friend, JeongYi is always joking with me and saying ,”I am never coming to get a surgery from you because I’m scared you’re going to mess up.” It always amuses me when she says this because I know I’m immature in some ways, but I have faith in myself becoming a great cardiothoracic surgeon. Let me explain on why I want to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. I began watching Greys’ Anatomy a few months ago, and my favorite character, Cristina Yang, was a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her determination made me realize I want to be like her as a surgeon, but not in all aspects.

She continues to amaze me even watching her now. She dropped everything to become the great doctor that she is. She doesn’t care if people stand in her way, she pushes them out and makes room for surgery. I admire her in many ways, but I don’t want to become a cold, snobbish, and rude person her character is portrayed as. I want to be known as a caring, nice and excellent surgeon.

I have faith that my determination and fascination with medicine will allow me to travel far and become a great surgeon in the medical field.