hat although I saw that my father provided patient care at times without return, I realized, through my godfather, that physicians gain respect and trust of an entire community. Despite being surrounded with role models while growing up, I put off the decision of getting into the practice of medicine twice, first after high school, when I chose to get a degree instead of going straight into medical school, and second when I decided to work as a clinical assistant right after getting my college degree. I wanted to know for sure that I am getting into this profession not because my family wanted it but because I wanted it for myself.
After working as a clinical assistant, the realization that medical procedures, even as simple as monitoring the vital signs of patients, are all essential in improving the qualities of lives of the patients has lead me to realize the drive in me to be directly responsible for the betterment of people’s lives. I enrolled at the Universidad Autonoma de Guandalajara in Mexico, where I got the honor of seeing real patients even on our first year. Aside from exposure, the school has motivated us with increasing roles in patient care as we work our way through the internship year. It was indeed a good preparation for me, as I was named as the Most Outstanding Intern of my internship class. Soon after, my merits as an astute clinician was put to the test, especially when I did social work and had to be solely responsible for the health of a community within a 30-mile radius.
After seeing countless of patients already, beginning from my work as a clinical assistant to my experience in social service, I feel that my passion is on providing bright futures for children who simply do not deserve the suffering they have to endure because of their illness. And yet, despite the painful innocence, they still give a warm smile enough to say that everything will be all right.
Now that I am taking another step towards the advancement of my career as