For as long as I could remember, I knew I wanted to have a career in the healthcare field. At first I wanted to be a Pediatrician then an Ob/Gyn because I liked babies and the thought of being able to birth them and welcome them to the world fascinated me.
Then, I noticed I also enjoyed counseling people but I did not want become a Psychiatrist. One day I came across the profession of a Reproductive Endocrinologist which allows me to counsel couples as well as work with fetus’. Ever since that day I have been set on becoming a Reproductive Endocrinologist but through being with HOSA my mindset has shifted to other possibilities this profession could lead me to.
This past summer I had the opportunity to attend the International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas by placing 1st in Job Seeking Skills and from being elected to be the Indiana HOSA Treasurer. One of the guest speaker’s was the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams. It amazed me how he worked his way up the ladder to become the U.S. Surgeon General and there was not a set pathway he had to take to get there.
Dr. Adams has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Medical Degree from Indiana University Medical School in Anesthesiology. Without HOSA giving me the opportunity to attend International Leadership Conference, I would not have been aware that you don’t have to take a certain path to get to a specific point.
At first I planned to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, attend medical school, complete my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, then my fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and begin my career.
Now my plan is to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, get accepted into a MD-PhD program where I could do research on Genetics as well as attend medical school, complete my residency and fellowship and then begin my career.
Thanks to HOSA I am able to choose a different path to get to the same spot!