I am so excited to start this journey with Merck Manuals Med Student Stories! I hope I can provide you with insight and advice to help you in your process of becoming a physician one day. From the hours spent studying for the MCAT to surviving the monstrosity that is organic chemistry, I can thoroughly say nothing about this route is easy or given to you. I did not commit to becoming a doctor until my junior year at The Ohio State University. As a dual-degree major in biology and pharmaceutical sciences, I struggled with choosing between pharmacy and medicine. I spent my entire spring break during my junior year shadowing an assortment of doctors in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was then invited to spend my summer working on the Autism Awareness Project in Sri Lanka through the International Medical Health Organization. I worked with multiple physicians across the United States of America and in Sri Lanka in order to provide information regarding prevalence, causes, risk factors, prevention, diagnoses, intervention, and treatment of the disorder to community members, families, and healthcare providers in Sri Lanka. Although this is not an extensive list of all the activities that helped me shape my interest in medicine, I wholeheartedly knew I wanted to become a doctor after my service trip to Sri Lanka. You may have an “aha” moment like I did or you may just know this is your path. Either way, I’ve found that determining why you started on this journey is key to figuring out who you are and what you want to do in the future in order to create positive change in the lives of others. I have one month before I am officially an MS-1 at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. I hope my journey to Dr. Pathmathasan helps you gain more clarity on your future in the medical field.
Rathisha Pathmathasan (the almost student doctor)