Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

My inspiration to pursue a career in medicine was not sparked by my interest in the sciences alone. Rather, it began when my grandfather, who we lovingly call Dada, passed away from pulmonary fibrosis prematurely in my life. Though treated at the best of institutions, he died at an early age of seventy-three in a world of modern medicine. Although Dada's doctors could not treat his condition, they were always supportive of him and our family. During a period of difficulty, they were open and comforting. Years later, I still recall their compassion.

As a physician, I can reassure patients and their families, as Dada's doctors had done for us. Studying medicine will allow me to improve the quality of life of my patients, including those impacted by autoimmune diseases such as Dada had.

Following my experience at the hospital, I delved further into the medical field to better understand what it offers. I interned in a primary care office where I shadowed the physician, scheduled appointments, and spoke with patients. Enjoying the humanistic aspect of medicine, I began volunteering at Merry Heart Senior Care, where I focused on improving the quality of life of its elderly community. As the Director of Activities, I coordinated events like bingo, card games, and church services. Now, I am working as an Emergency Medical Technician, providing stabilizing treatment and transport in a prehospital setting as the primary provider. Moving forward, I hope to become involved in research targeting autoimmune diseases to play a role in finding a cure.

My experience working in various sectors of the medical field has shown me how compassion towards patients and their families can help ease the emotional strain of ailments. Working with medical professionals demonstrated how rewarding it can be to ameliorate a patient's quality of life. Pursuing a career as a physician will give me the ability to advocate for patients and ultimately enhance their long-term health and wellbeing.

Anil from New Jersey
Rowan University