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

When I started my current position as a medical scribe last fall I knew I wanted to work in medicine- though I didn’t know what capacity I wanted it to be in. Since graduating last spring I’d been mulling possible options including pursuing either a CRNA or PT degree. I decided to work as a scribe because it would provide me with first-hand experience interacting with all kinds of healthcare professionals from nurses and radiology techs to emergency physicians and specialists. I completed weeks of remote training and online modules before even stepping foot in a hospital. After my very first shift in the Emergency Department, I knew I wanted to be a physician. In my very first 2 hours on the floor, I saw a patient that arrived unresponsive in cardiac arrest get brought back to life by the provider I was working with. Seeing the doctor calling out orders and scanning the patient’s vital signs with a collected intensity was awe-inspiring. I knew in that moment that I wanted to do that for a living. While driving home later that evening I called my parents with an exciting update- that I didn’t know how just yet, but I was going to figure out a way to make it to medical school. The biggest hurdles I needed to deal with were the fact that my undergraduate resume could use some improvement and there were several prerequisites left for me to complete. While a student at UNC I had grown disillusioned with my academic capabilities after not doing as well as I would've like during my first couple of years. After doing some research, I found a program at NC State whose purpose is to serve as a resume booster for pre-professional health school students. The Masters of Physiology Graduate program is exactly what I need to become the well-rounded medical school candidate I know I can be. I have since applied, been accepted the program, and will begin my studies this fall. While there is still lots of work to be done before I’ll be saving lives, I know that I’m well on my way!

Jesse from North Carolina
NC State University