Shadowing an Ob-Gyn
Kathryn Davis, sophomore biology major and pre-medical student:
If I learned anything through this year’s shadowing experience, it’s that I was called to be a doctor. Any doubts or hesitations I had before have been eclipsed by my deep desire to become a physician. The ob-gyn I shadowed taught me so much about this extraordinary profession and introduced me to my future. I have never felt so sure about my choice to pursue a career in medicine than I have after completing my time shadowing.
During my shadowing experience, I was privileged to witness the birth of a tiny baby girl, numerous examinations and visits of patients, sonograms of unborn children, and my first surgery - a hysterectomy. Even though I never thought I would be interested in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, I thoroughly enjoyed this specialty. There were so many different cases and problems the patients came in with. I came into this shadowing experience expecting it to be just babies and pap smears, but there was so much more.
I can honestly say that one of the greatest memories I will hold for a lifetime is watching the birth of a baby and watching a surgery. A huge adrenaline rush accompanies these experiences. I definitely know that I want to perform surgery in whichever field I go into.
Shadowing this ob-gyn will be one of my greatest memories of college. He was so open to sharing his knowledge of the field, giving advice on investments and the stock market, and showing me the kind of doctor I hope to be. This physician was personable and kind. All of his patients, new and old, felt comfortable with sharing very personal details and giving him responsibility for their child’s life.
Above all, he taught me to care about the patient. A patient should not be treated as just another person in their day. I learned to treat each patient like he or she was the most important part of my day.
This experience gave me the incentive I needed to continue working hard in my studies. Every time I visited the office, I felt the extra push I needed to keep going, keep pursuing this career. I would walk out of the office remembering why I was putting myself through so much stress, pressure and hardship. I realized it would all be worth it in the end. This experience is a great way to pump some positive energy into pre-medical students. It was what I looked forward to all week. It is now what I look forward to in my future.
This experience is much more than just putting it on my application to medical school. It was a peek into my future. It is the extra confidence and pressure I need to keep moving in this direction and to keep fighting for my career in medicine.