I can’t believe I’m at the end of my medical school journey. I have learned so much throughout the years—not only about medicine but also about myself. Someone once told me, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” My entire life, all I ever dreamed of was to become a physician and care for others.
Little did I know that I would discover other passions, and medical school actually brought out those passions. Leadership, professionalism, and mentorship are all very special to me. I have served in a variety of leadership capacities over the years in medical school, and they have truly changed me in a special way.
For those who know me personally, they have probably already figured it out. I believe I have found a passion in pursuing hospital administration. I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was in denial for quite some time; after all, the only dream I ever thought about was becoming a physician. My love for healthcare, medicine, and patients hasn’t changed; I still want to care for my patients. However, I’ve opened myself up to possibilities in different areas of healthcare.
When I participate in board meetings and leadership conferences, I absolutely light up. It’s my niche. None of it feels like work to me. So now, I’m looking into obtaining an MBA or MHA during my residency to pursue a career in hospital administration alongside practicing medicine.
It’s quite funny because many of my mentors and friends are so glad I finally had my epiphany. I want to give a special thank you to Dr. Darrell Kirch, CEO and President of AAMC, for planting the seed along with many others who have been nothing short of encouraging and supportive.
So now I challenge you to be truly honest with yourself and pursue your dreams! Maybe you’ll have your own epiphany. Cheers to following your dreams!