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When did you realize that you wanted to work in healthcare?

Is there any tips to help me figure what I want to be in healthcare?

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Awais’s Answer

Hello there!
Becoming a doctor has always been a cherished dream of mine. The nobility of this profession, the opportunity it provides to serve humanity, and the immense satisfaction it brings, is truly unparalleled. Being able to aid someone in distress, someone who is grappling with illness or feeling down about their health, is a privilege. As a doctor, I have the power to instill hope, to reassure them that things will get better, that they'll soon be on the path to recovery. The emotions that surge within me during these moments are truly the most rewarding feelings in the world. All these elements have fueled my desire to pursue this path. And now, with immense gratitude to the divine, I can proudly say that I have achieved my dream - I am a doctor.
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Emily’s Answer

My parents were ultimately the ones who started me down the path. My mom was a Physical Therapist, and my Dad was a Medical Doctor. I think parent influence can be both conscious and unconscious. I never really wanted to be anything other than an Athletic Trainer when I was young. I was a 7 sport athlete and the injuries I sustained led me to the career of Sports Medicine. I enjoyed my 4 year B.S. degree and learned that I really did enjoy the profession. I also did a 3 year M.S. and was able to get experience at a small College working with Athletes. I ultimately went back to school to be a Chiropractor and I have worked as a Sports Chiro ever since.
There are so many opportunities & different roles in healthcare now. You do want to take into consideration Provider Burn out and how patient care will affect you mentally and physically.
I would suggest researching healthcare positions that don't require 4 years (or more) of College. I think surgical tech, radiology tech, and Ultrasound tech positions could be super rewarding without too much education and the burden of loans.
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Jeremiah’s Answer

I remember I want to work in healthcare when my grandmother was admitted to a hospice unit. Watching the staff care for her was really impressive and I was very appreciative of how well they treated her. I decided I wanted to be a nurse then. I thought I wanted to be a hospice nurse, but fast-forward many years later, I started out as an ICU nurse and remained in critical care. Quite a difference!
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Jonathan’s Answer

I think I was initially curious about people and I had a desire to help out others. Both these interests could have taken me down other paths but going down the healthcare pathway is where I took it.

As I went through college doing the pre-medical curriculum, I chose to not be a science major and get additional perspective (social sciences major here). As I went through the required work and also things outside the healthcare focus, I think I realized I like working alongside folks over time rather than intervening only in a moment or crisis, which helped steer me more towards family medicine and not surgical/interventionist specialities.

I did not fully think ahead to the payment or burdens inherent in the family medicine world at the time I was training, partly because if you find something that fits with your talents/interests you can make much work and also because there is such breadth in the field to train/pivot to something that meets your interest.
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Andre’s Answer

Hello Sarah, it's a pleasure to meet you. If the healthcare field sparks your curiosity, I encourage you to dive deep into it. Start with the areas, roles, and subjects that resonate with you the most. There's a multitude of ways to delve into this field, whether it's dedicating your spare time to studying, volunteering for specific roles if you have the opportunity, applying for entry-level jobs in particular sectors, or even finding innovative ways to immerse yourself in this field.

Speaking from personal experience, I discovered my passion for healthcare later in life when I chose to pursue psychology at a master's level. This decision opened my eyes to the world of psychotherapy, a field I realized I wanted to venture into as a second career. I'm currently on a journey to become a psychotherapist.
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