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When was the moment that you knew you wanted to be in the medical career?

I knew I wanted to be in medicine since I was a sophomore in high school. What about everyone else? Are you still going to, or already have, specialized in the area of medicine you wanted to when you first knew you wanted to be in medicine? #medicine #hospital-and-health-care #career-choice


I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field when I was in grammar school. Many family members of mine are in the medical field and so it wasn't hard to make this decision. I am a hematology/oncology nurse and I have a passion for this speciality. I am currently going for my masters in nursing to be able to have the opportunity to teach nursing students in the near future. If you want to serve and help people, the medical field is a great career but it will take a lot of hard work to study and make a commitment to this type of career since you will be dealing with people from all walks of life. Angela Redito Ichinose

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Angela’s Answer

When I first started my journey I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I began the pre med courses and hated all of them! I then volunteered in a hospital and discovered nursing was where I needed to be. I loved all of the coursework and still love being a nurse 20 years later! The funniest part is I hated psych nursing! I am still interested in abnormal psych but purely in an academic sense. Psych patients are not my calling. I am a Peds nurse to the bone!

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Richard’s Answer

I chose to become a physician because I have many family members who are physicians and it looked like a field in which I find job satisfaction. However, I did not truly become passionate about the field of medicine until my third year of medical school during clinical rotations. That was the first time I saw an image guided procedure. I was fascinated by the intersection between medical imaging and treatment. I decided that I wanted to become an interventional radiologist. Now I get to perform image guided procedures every day including angiograms, TIPS, radioembolization of tumors with Y-90, and thermal ablation of tumors.

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Hwal’s Answer

Hi Mari,


I think I always had an interest in a medical career, even as a kid, but it didn't start feeling like it was possible until I got my first position in a hospital. I started working in a pathology lab, and I became a counsellor in Australia. Fast forward almost 10 years, I'm a PA student and couldn't be happier. But to answer your question, I don't think there was ever a 'moment.'


Good luck!


Hwal


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