Why I Want to Be a Doctor


There was no blinding revelation in my life to become a doctor. For me, a career in medicine is a carefully thought-out decision based on personal experiences and a strong passion to help others. My experiences in my high school anatomy class and my exposure to medicine in a pre-med program at the University of Vermont are components to my decision.

Anatomy and physiology has always been a keen interest of mine. In my junior year of High School, I elected into a senior anatomy class. With no previous experience, I was quick to pick up a scalpel and slice through the thick skin of a fetal pig. I looked forward to dissecting eyeballs and brains, always pointing out key anatomy to my queasy lab partners, quickly earning me the nickname “Dr.Ian.” Anytime we were in the lab I was inseparable from my scalpel and my textbook. This is where the idea of becoming a physician blossomed. My teacher, Mrs.Moran, suggested the idea of taking a pre-med class over the summer.

On a college tour at the University of Vermont, I was offered the chance to study an in-depth anatomy and physiology, pre-med course for four weeks over the summer. I jumped at the opportunity. That summer, I studied under the incredible Dr. Jeremy Sibold, who exposed us to medicine similar to first year medical students. The level of exposure I was privy to was awe-inspiring. I was immersed daily with lectures by genealogists, doctors, medical students, EMTs, pathologists, professors, and more.  We got to use medical school’s Simulation lab, which is an entire floor dedicated to simulating medical procedures for medical students. We worked in a team of three to operate the Colonoscopy device. Which, admittedly was not the coolest sounding machine, regardless, we explored the “patient’s” colon. I was on scope duty, which meant I was the one who controls the motion of the tip of the scope using a joystick that was designed for someone with three hands. Naturally, I perforated the poor robot’s bowel several times. Though, from the robot’s misfortune I discovered the joy of performing procedures, even if they are colonoscopies. The most alluring part was the opportunity to witness a live surgery. From the first incision to the final stitch, I was entranced by the surgeon’s precision and his infectious tranquility that spread throughout the room. It was there in the observation room where I realized that’s who I want to be.

As a doctor, I am willing to get up in the middle of the night, rush in to the hospital to patch mangled bodies and sew holes closed. The glory in a doctor’s lifestyle is not lavish working hours, it’s the reward with replacing the look of overwhelming fear and distress on a patient’s face, with a smile; that's the reason I want to become a physician. I will have a positive impact on those patients lives. I will work hard to ensure every last patient is given the very best care available. I care about what a patient is going through and I will spend the time to listen to their concerns, answer their questions, and try to personally educate them on their mallady. I am attracted to the self-fulfillment and gratification that comes with being a healer and it appeals to me in an instinctual way. I have always wanted to make a difference in the world and I plan on doing that by healing others and saving lives. I do not make the decision to become a doctor lightly. I am positive it is what I want to become, it is the avenue for me to help others and make a difference in the world.