Deciding to enter the field of medicine was not a one-night thought, nor a career I have dreamt of forever. It has taken thorough thinking, multiple work and learning experiences and several interviews with experienced doctors about their duties. Nevertheless, it was my cousin’s, Eman, journey that ignited a spark within me that made me determined to become a doctor.
At the age of 13, Eman went to the hospital for a regular check-up, when she was told that she has only one kidney since birth, and needs to undergo dialysis seven days a week, for eight hours. From then onwards, I spent so much time with her at the hospital. When one of her kidney’s failed her, she travelled abroad for six months to have a kidney transplant and stay for treatment, only to come home with a weak immunity that made it difficult to visit her regularly.
Despite the narrowness of first-hand medical opportunities that I found, there were a few experiences that have allowed me to gain valuable knowledge about being a doctor
I have attended the National Dermatology Seminar on Sexually Transmitted Infections at Al Nahdha Hospital. Although I was a mere organizer, handing out pamphlets and brochures, I gained a lot of knowledge about common-spread STI’s (such as: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis) and that a majority of people with such infections are rarely able to recognize any symptoms. This makes the infections a challenge to treat after developing. The social impacts of them was the more concerning part, especially in the case of the more developed stages of STI which eventually turn into HIV. (suspicious k2ano mn google)
Participating in the John Maxwell Team Global Youth initiative youth leadership event has allowed me to build on my leadership skills.
Having interviewed many experienced doctors and some medicine students gave me a deeper insight into the challenges and rewards of being a medic. One of the key things that are often disregarded about it is that a doctor’s job does not merely cease after prescribing drugs or carrying out surgery. It goes beyond these acts to include empathy, providing emotional care and support for a patient (and their family). I am well aware that the path to becoming a medic is a long and exigent one, but I do feel that I am ready to go through 6 or 7 more years of formal education (at WCM-Q) to become a successful doctor. From the interviews, and from my observation at the Dermatology Seminar, I have come to conclusion that all doctors toil towards the same aim: provide and do all the possible things that could be done for a patient, having collaboration and teamwork as the essence of any procedure. I feel enraptured by the likelihood of getting into such an empowering and inclusive environment.
Medicine, as I have concluded from the doctors and students I spoke to, can sometimes be a straining and pressuring vocation – which makes it crucial to find an ideal work-rest balance.
Personally, I enjoy playing tennis, football and doing pilate exercises in my own leisure time. Being a part of the tennis and football teams at my school means practicing with my siblings at home despite being duty-bound to many tests and assignments. Additionally, I always try to spare some time for a few laps of swimming in my backyard, as it makes me feel stress-free. Aside from my physical activities, I own a beauty blog where I post hints and advice for young ladies like myself who look for beauty on the internet and forget that it exists within. (mention organising ‘thanks to thanks’ while being a senior) (could be written in a better way)
These things have really assisted me with enhancing my time management, organisation skills and my capability to work when I am under pressure.
It is has become common nowadays for some to say they wish to get into medicine sheerly for the sake of “making good money”, which I find unethical and a dishonourable reason. A doctor must be a doctor because they believe in the cause of medicine, have a caring nature, find passion and compassion in what they do at all times, even if it means sacrificing a majority of their social and personal time. I have always believed in the saying “Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.” – Denzel Washington,