This semester I have been able to be a part of a CPR Internship through the Wexner Medical Center. I have learned a lot about not only how to do hands only CPR and some of the statistics around CPR, but I have learned a lot about the medical field in general from the doctor who runs it, Dr. Ashish Panchal. He has introduced a lot of the research that he does around CPR and the work he does in the Emergency Department at the Wexner. Many of the statistics surrounding CPR are shocking and it solidifies the reason that I am passionate about the topic. The CPR Internship has also developed my public speaking skills, community connections and planning skills. Overall, this experience has helped me develop in many ways and I have been able to learn a lot from it.
This summer I was fortunate to take a tripe to Croatia with my family. It was my first trip outside of the United States, which allowed me to experience different cultures and immerse myself in the unfamiliar language and customs of Croatia. The trip opened my thoughts and ideas about life outside of the United States. Although Croatia is not the most advanced European country, the experience allowed me to realize how privileged I am to live in a country with some of the most advanced technology. On the other hand, I realized that many people in Croatia had more respect for their environment and surroundings than in the United States. The eye-opening experience allowed me to become more open-minded to my surroundings and focus more on experience and adventure rather than unimportant distractions that come from my normal days.
I had the opportunity to shadow a cardiac electrophysiologist for four weeks. The experience was filled with excitement and inspiration to become a cardiologist. I shadowed Dr. Fu at Riverside Methodist Hospital and at his office down the road from Riverside. I learned about anti-rhythmic medication and procedures that can diminish symptoms or cure the patient. I saw catheter ablations, pacemaker and defibrillator implants and replacements and cardioversions. I learned that I enjoy the patient interactions that he gets to have and the relationships with the patients that he creates; I could see myself doing something similar. I will use what I learned in the future to help guide myself and remind myself that all of the school to become a cardiologist is worth it.