"I'm a lot like you so please Hello, I'm here, I'm waiting. I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me.
I should re-write my profile, but it seems like more work than it is worth. Lately I have been spending lots of time waiting to get out of town, I have too much free time so hit me up if you want to grab a beer or something.
Just to get my profile over 1,000 words I am posting my old med school essay below
The earliest experience that shaped my decision to pursue medicine occurred when I was five years old. I watched my uncle Tim, a paraplegic for forty years, exit his truck, and the legs of the person standing next to him made it appear that he was walking. I was disheartened after my uncle wheeled himself into the house and for the first time I wondered if my uncle's condition could be changed through medicine. Although I came to realize that it is unlikely that my uncle will ever walk under his own power, I believe that through a career in medicine I can improve other people's lives.
My experience as a care provider began as a volunteer with the Crystal Mountain Volunteer Ski patrol. Providing first aid to injured skiers has been the most rewarding experience of my life. The only drawback of being a ski patroller was the substantial limits on the level of care I could provide. One of the most difficult cases I had to respond to involved a man who had received a hip replacement earlier. The hip had dislocated and he was in so much pain that we could not move him onto a backboard; we were at an impasse. I felt helpless and ineffectual. There was a volunteer doctor working in the first aid room, though, that we were able to bring up to the mountain to administer some medicine. I was amazed at how quickly the doctor was able to take control of the scene, and simultaneously put the patient at ease.
I did not come to appreciate all the resources I have until I traveled abroad. The most salient experience came from spending a month in rural Costa Rica. The level of poverty that was the norm and that the people still led fulfilling and happy lives pushed me to reassess myself. I realized I had not valued my access to education or the support of friends and family I had at home. Nor did I appreciate the challenges people in my own community were facing. After returning from Costa Rica I decided to make the most of the resources I had been given and enrolled in my medical prerequisite coursework.
"If you feel warm, or you start to get tunnel vision, take a step back. Don't forget to bend your knees so you will not fall forward if you are going to faint." This was the warning given to me before the first surgery I ever observed, and also marked the first time I questioned my decision to pursue a career in medicine. Although my ski patrol experience had made me comfortable with injured people and blood, I was unsure of how I would react and if I really wanted to watch. After the initial incision, curiosity and awe replaced nervousness. Watching surgery demystified the body for me; I was able to relate what I had learned in biology class to what was in front of me. From my corner of the operating room my sense of the human body shifted from a series of independent systems that were studied separately to an integrated whole.
I soon began discussing my medical aspirations with patrons while working nights at a local restaurant during my post-baccalaureate education. Doctors offered diverse opinions on my decision to work in medicine often shared them with me. I found it curious that some tried to dissuade me. The common feature being the paperwork and bureaucracy associated with the healthcare. One commonality of these detractors was that they had taken a path directly from college to medical school and had not really worked anywhere outside of medicine. As someone who has a diverse work history, this complaint held little traction with me as paperwork and bureaucracy are not unique to medicine. No career path is devoid of negative aspects. From my volunteer experience I have seen both the positive and negative facets of a career in medicine and the positive greatly outweigh the negative.
Since I decided to return to school, many have questioned my pursuit of medicine. Every time the question has been raised my answer has been the same: I have always enjoyed being of service to others and I believe that medicine is the best way for me to make a positive impact on the community. There are many jobs in healthcare that could satisfy these basic desires but working as a physician best suits my interests and personality. I enjoy exploring and troubleshooting complex systems. Watching surgery piqued the same type of interest that drove me to build a video arcade from scratch and to explore the potential impact of changing Seattle's electoral policy. My work and volunteer experience has shown me how to take a leadership role while under stress. When I was the first patroller on the scene, I coordinated the plan of action amongst the patrollers. The core of my desire to be a physician is to provide care to the sick and injured and to see them through illness into wellness. I am excited for a career loaded with potential to change the lives of others in a positive way. I want to build longstanding relationships with my patients so that I can see how the process of joint decision-making coupled with skilled care improves their lives. I want to work in a field where exciting advances in knowledge and technology are the norm. Becoming a physician combines these elements perfectly for me.
Please discuss the most significant issue affecting the future of health care delivery in the country in which you intend to practice medicine. Be sure to identify the country. Approximately 250 words.
The financial barrier to accessing medical care and insurance in the United States is one of the most significant issues effecting people around me. My current employer does not supply health insurance, and the cost of purchasing insurance is prohibitively high for the majority of my coworkers. My coworker Erik has been working for the last two years with an ankle injury that has seriously impacted his quality of life. Erik makes enough money to afford insurance for his children, but not for himself. If the status quo continues, Erik will unlikely receive care until his ankle degrades to the point that he can’t work at all.
Given the current focus on the health care system by the U.S. legislature, I have tried to stay informed as to the progress and direction of potential reforms. I am hopeful that the actions taken by the federal government will increase access to care, although I am unsure if the problem is being addressed appropriately. There seems to be a number of players in the decision making process that each have one focus respectively. This single-issue focus is akin to trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube by only looking at one of the six sides. I believe that an effective reform will need to incorporate the many facets of the U.S. healthcare system; revisions to insurance providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers practices, hospital costs from both providers and their administration, and tort reform are all element where savings can be generated in order to lower healthcare consumer costs.
If you feel that your academic record and/or background is somewhat unusual, please state to the Committee on Admission a concise explanation of your path toward medicine.
I did not arrive at the decision to pursue a career in medicine until I was 24 years old, and enrolled as a post-baccalaureate at the University of Washington. I balanced a night-shift job, school, and volunteering at the UWMC bone and joint center with varying degrees of success. Since completing my pre-requisites I have been working full time in order to pay for the application process, and for my future education.