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Medical resident: How I got my job and where I'm going

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first-generation American my family's from Mexico actually never planned on becoming a physician I actually didn't even plan on really attaining any higher education really medicine wasn't at all on my radar up until I was probably my mid early 20s around that time I had my first experience with medicine had a family member that was in the hospital and was in intensive care unit for about ten days I just remember you know that ten days you know the way these medical professionals came in and the level of etiquette of caring that they display you know towards the family members knowing that is a difficult situation it was sort of this like unreal level of customer service that I had never really seen before and I think it was really you know the patient physician etiquette and just overall knowledge of helping people well it's kind of something that sort of captivated me and being a young person never having thought about pursuing college or pursuing you know becoming a physician was it was a very very exciting but also very very terrifying and daunting position to be in he's had nowhere really to I had no idea where to start and I rolled at a local junior college I spent three years there I studied basic general education as well as a lot of science courses a lot of courses that were like general chemistry Anatomy biology physics calculus things of that nature and then after three years at a junior college I had applied and was accepted to UC Berkeley and so I attended UC Berkeley for two years as I finished my upper divisions and so across the bay is UCSF one of the most world-renowned biomedical and research institutions in the world and I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to go work along with a future colleague of mine that doing a research project really looking at neurological diseases so after I graduated from UC Berkeley I was invited to stay at UCSF during a research fellowship to continue to do biomedical research in or muscular disease for the next three years I knew eventually applying to medical school was my main goal and in order to do that there are a number of things that you need to do you need to study for the MCAT which is the you know medical test that's comprehensive in order to gain admission to med school any letters of recommendation a personal statement an overall an application and you need to save up money to apply for such a thing so you typically get your application ready to submit some time in June maybe July your first that would be your primary application something known as a secondary application may be offered to you a secondary application usually is additional essays that are unique to that program unique to their mission and maybe they want a little more reflection of you as a person so secondary applications usually come out anywhere from August September October November and then after a secondary application if the admissions committee is interested then they would offer you an interview you travel to the hospital into the program you meet the admissions committee and you interview there and then usually after the interview you wait some time usually can be anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple of months before you hear whether you were accepted to the program and could be wait-listed or you could also be rejected from the medical school program that whole process is something that happens within a 12-month period so from starting med school it is four years itself internship is one year in internal medicine three years in neurology residency and then potentially one maybe two years as a fellow so at the very least from starting med school to finishing fellowship it'll be a nine year clinical training endeavor so currently doing my internship in internal medicine at UCLA after this year of training I'll be heading to Harvard over at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital where I'll be doing a neurology residency so that'll be additional three years where I'll be studying diseases involving the brain and spine and peripheral nervous system so I would my advice the next generation of physicians is I would say you know some of the most important things that have a really good support system and that's family friends and then also having mentors as part of the support system because it's it can feel like a long road there are a lot of classes you take as a college student it's a lot of tests are gonna take I think the journey itself can be rather long but the journey itself is incredible and most people who have done it would say it was one of the most exciting and gratifying things of their life but my advice would be that you know when times are tough to reach out to those around you and there will be mistakes that will happen there'll be setbacks that will happen and I think that's part of the process itself I think a lot of students think that they have to be perfect the entire time but the reality is you're a human being and you have to learn from your mistakes and that that really delivers a lot of personal growth along the process very rarely a medicine is it a one-person job it's it's a whole collaborative team effort it's a team effort to get you into med school it's a team effort to train you to get ready for residency and it's a team effort when you're delivering care and so that really doesn't change and so I think my advice in general to the Future Business students is to be ready it's gonna be a long ride but it's going to be a really fun ride and it's going to be a unique ride it'll be unique for everyone
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