Published 29 Mar 2017
Pursuing my career in medicine is just the first step in my plan. I would like to have the opportunity to take a bigger role in making the world a better place to live. My main philosophy in life is to lead by setting an example. I cannot expect others to do what I myself would be willing to do but that does not mean that I cannot hope that others will see the example that I have shown them. This philosophy is one of the many forces that drive me to pursue my dream of pursuing a career in medicine and of becoming so much more in life. The chance to help those who are less fortunate in life, the chance to help those in need, the opportunity to be of service to humanity; these are the reasons why I have selected medicine as the profession that I will pursue; for, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…”
Having this as my motivation, I feel that it is important that I hail from a family of outstanding physicians, my grandfather an ophthalmologist, my dad a surgeon, all my uncles and aunts are doctors. As such, I invariably developed a passion for medicine which I owe to my relatives. More importantly, it was their influence and example that showed me a certain standard that I knew I had to strive for in the field of medicine. It was not enough that I become a doctor but that I would be able to do something great in this field.
As the world continues to change and the workplace becomes more and more challenging and competitive, it becomes imperative for anyone looking for a successful career to not only have the drive to succeed but also the training and expertise to do so. I am not saying that I do not have the training and expertise at the moment but I do believe that there is still room for more. The rich and diverse academic community at J.J.M. Medical College will definitely be the perfect place for me to learn and be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead due to the fact that the school has an outstanding faculty and quality medical education. This is aside from the fact that the quality of physicians that passed from this college is evidenced by some of the best physicians practicing in the city.
As for expectations, doctors and hospitals are familiar parts of my life and as such I have a much higher degree of expectation than others. I have set a standard for myself that may perhaps be unattainable but will definitely ensure that I will work hard and strive to live up to the example that my father and grandfather have set for me. I expect to receive the training and experience that is second to none. The impressive curriculum that I have seen from this school and the distinguished alumni that hail from this school are a testament to the dedication to excellence that I expect.
Perhaps my expectation of medical school has more to do with my personal motivations and passion life. This is crucial because at the end of the day I expect medical school to help me align these goals to allow me to become that best person that I can be and live up to the legacy that my family has established. As such, I have always wanted to help change the world. As a child, I believed that if everyone did their own little part in taking that extra step to help others, the world would be a much better place for everyone. The stark reality of it all hit me not long after that but it did not lessen my resolve. I figured that if so many people I knew did not want to do their part in changing the world then I would probably have to do their share. This is where my motivation to pursue medicine comes from; the drive to go the extra mile just to make a difference in this world. There are few jobs and professions that are as rewarding as medicine. While other jobs may get more publicity, the role that doctors play in the health care industry is highly valued and appreciated. My motivation has to do with the fact that the medical profession is one of the ways by which I am able to do something that I really want to do in my life and that is to care and help other people.