Fortunately I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child. I felt that it was so interesting and complicated at the same time. I knew I wanted to study it, know more about it. When I was in high school I went to a hospital and was able to spend some hours in the emergency room and see how it all worked. It was great to see how the staff was able to help people that came in pain or after an accident. After that, I was sure that is what I wanted to do.
It is a great career but there is a lot of sacrifice that comes with it. It is a long but rewarding road. Also, there will always be work for people in healthcare.
Hope this helps! Best of luck!
I found the best place for me to start was working at a health plan that served Medicaid members. This was extremely rewarding to me as I worked in different areas of the plan and and got an opportunity to speak directly to the members and providers. A lot of the members we served were young mothers, folks that had economic hurdles or other disabilities. I really enjoyed my time helping them navigate a confusing industry, understand how to interact with their insurance plan and providers, and ultimately help them stay current with health and wellness visits, and assist with accessing the care they needed when they were sick or injured.
After several years working in the Medicaid landscape, and watching my parents grow older I decided to focus on another demographic and moved into the Medicare world (for people over 65 years of age). This for me was a natural extension of my earlier career choice and I have pursed the same area of interest in the Medicare world.
I wish you the best!
This is always such a difficult question to answer because sometimes it feels so natural to be on the path I am on. However, it is also so fun to answer because I am so passionate about it. I have always loved science but I have also loved helping others. Volunteering for organizations in the United States and other countries almost are a treat for me because the joy it brings me to interact with others. When adding what I loved together, I knew I wanted to be a physician. Before I got into medical school I worked in an emergency room for 3 years and loved it. Allowed me not only to volunteer int he hospitals near me but also allowed me to see the ins and outs of physicians lives. Since that experience basically confirmed that being a physician was for me I kept studying hard (even though it was easy to spend hours and hours studying because the classes were so interesting and fun) and eventually got into medical school. Medical school is challenging for sure but does not always feel like that because the classes are beyond interesting. During this pandemic I knew I made the correct choice in my career because I was saddened I could not do more to help others, especially not being able to help at the hospitals.
The great thing about all of this is the heath care system is HUGE! You have so many opportunities to help in the way that makes you happy. It really is a great, rewarding profession. It takes work but anything worth doing has a little work involved. You will be great at whatever you choose if you truly love what you do.