Education in Medicine and Health Related Conditions
Choosing to become someone who works in medicine is always a personal matter. For many professionals in this field, the same decisions often came from being born in a family where a member or more was a doctor, a nurse, or some other medical professional. Others simply chose their careers because it provides them with a chance to heal others and help those who are in need of a critical assistance that medicine can offer.
To me, medicine was not something that came even close to my choices of careers. In fact, being a kid from a blue-collar family, I have been always ready to start working in fields like construction or repair services. It simply seemed like the natural thing for me back then. But, all of this changed one summer day when I played basketball with my twin brother.
The terrible news affected his health
There, on that summer afternoon, he fell to the ground after scoring a point and broke his leg. While he was in pain, I was completely helpless and did not know what to do. But, immediately, the ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital. I traveled with him and first I saw the paramedics do the basic prepping and triage procedures, even though I did not know they were called that back then. In the hospital, I witnessed medical nurses and doctors working on his leg in the emergency room and later, in the following days, making sure that his recuperation goes according to plan.
Here, I was not especially impressed by any particular individual, but with the way the whole system worked together. It was news to me, but the healthcare industry was a complex and effective machine. I knew in that moment that I wanted to explore and become more familiar with the same machine as much as I could.
Twenty years later, I am a teacher at a university who specializes in the education of functioning of medical and health systems. Students often laugh when I tell them my story, wondering why I have not become a doctor. I tell them with a smile that one sparrow does not mean that the spring is here, which makes some laugh, but others get my point. While individual doctors are important, it is the system that makes them have an effect on the health of people, like it did for my brother.
I am a trained physician
Which is why I have an in-depth education and knowledge of a range of health related conditions. In many ways, I simply do not practice the craft of medicine on an everyday basis, even though I take my students to regular visits to the local hospitals and other locations with a similar purpose. Here, they can observe both the system and the individual who works inside of it as its small but integral part.
Take this type of education and become medical doctors
This is a critical segment of their knowledge and education. Learning things like anatomy and medicine’s great mysteries holds a promise of more fun and exploration, but they will still end up working in an institution. Even if they enter a private practice, they themselves will become an institution in its own right, no matter if it only holds a single member.
Without the education and knowledge of these institutions and their minute details, they will only be a cog that cannot help the same machine where it resides. This is something that no one likes and negative news stories about the healthcare industry often come directly from the events that were a ticking problem for a long time before they managed to cause a range of problems.
In fact, I really believe that my work dealing with education at the university, along with the work of other teachers there will allow people to get better in a much more effective setting. For example, feeling nonstop worry or tension is on the rise and they are complex phenomena in the healthcare system. By focusing on the system in regards to making improvements in this type of issue, the problem can be alleviated for millions of people who right now struggle with both their illness and the healthcare providers that are trying to help them.
In this ongoing process and education
Education stands like a cornerstone of change and it is my privilege to be there and try to give my contribution. I am not sure how big my contribution is, but I hope that it helps out some other kid get better from his or her injury, just like it happened to my own brother. That is the biggest reward I could ever expect to get in my life.