It has been so amazing exploring all these
opportunities not only here at Rice but literally just across the street. When I was choosing schools, I wanted to go
to a school that had a multitude of opportunities in the medical field. Rice has given me so much more than what I
expected. Outside of shadowing physicians, I had the
opportunity to take all these classes and have really my horizons expanded about how
I look at problems, how I look at people, and how I really approach what I want to do
in the future. The first major interaction I had with a major
human disease outside of just having a cold or a flu was when my grandfather was diagnosed
with late stage lung cancer. It was when I was in elementary school, and
when my mom got the phone call, her face became completely white. I can remember the morning that it happened,
and our entire family was in emotional chaos. We didn’t know what to do because he was diagnosed
when he was visiting family and friends in China He had his surgery there and his chemotherapy
and radiation in the US. I could really see how medicine and human disease impacted
our family from the patient’s side. Actually having the opportunity to shadow
the physicians that treated him and seeing how that physician treated his patients, how
he interacted with his patients, how he had such a soothing and calming presence for
the family, and how he worked with the healthcare team members to really provide care and empathy
towards each and every patient and each and every patient family member was really inspiring
and made me really look into the medical field more. Sometimes he would ask me to play the piano
for him, so I would play the piano for him and he would just have this look of relief
on his face and he would tell me that he felt so much better emotionally. It really made me think about beyond the scientific
and medical treatments how else can we use empathy, how else can we use the skills that
we have to heal the patients on the humanistic side? Both of those experiences have really inspired
me to pursue medicine in college.