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

My involvement in emergency medical services (EMS) began in high school with a desire to catch a glimpse at the field of medicine. At sixteen years old and barely able to drive a car, I spent a summer in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class training to perform basic medical care in the back of an ambulance. After multiple years of serving as an EMT, I became motivated to provide a higher level of care and become a paramedic.
During my junior year at Johns Hopkins University, as a full-time neuroscience student, I completed a paramedic course. I learned new procedures, treatments, and skills to allow me to provide the best care possible to my patients. I trained with intensity and dedication to be confident that I am prepared for whatever crisis may arise. While in this class, I spent my winter and summer breaks performing clinical rotations in a hospital and on ambulances. I saw as many patients as possible, soaking up knowledge and experience. I worked 12 hours on, 12 hours off, but despite the long hours and few breaks, I did not want to be anywhere else. Halfway across the country from my family, I felt right at home, treating patients and interacting with physicians and other providers.
I have now been working as a paramedic for the past two years, and my experiences have inspired me to pursue a career as a physician. I want to offer an even higher level of care to my patients and have a much greater level of knowledge about the ailments I am treating. My goal is to specialize in Emergency Medicine and subspecialize as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) physician to also practice medicine outside of the hospital, bringing the best quality of medicine to austere environments.

Christopher from District of Columbia
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences