makes you wanna think again, eh?

I took a profile test in http://www.studyplaces.com and apparently these are the careers that match my personality (in descending order of relevance):

  1. Medicine (surprise, surprise! )
  2. Science and Engineering (i only like the science part.hehe)
  3. Education and Teaching (well.  educ sounds okay)
  4. Legal and Paralegal (i was expecting this to be # 1. i dunno why)
  5. arts and humanities (okay, i’m only creative accdg to my standards)

I’m already a junior taking up BS Public Health and on my way to studying Medicine. It’s kinda weird when at one point in your academic life (like now), you look back and rethink whether the choice you made is gonna work for you. No takebacks I guess. And if you try to delineate all the reasons you used to justify it before, you end up with a vicious cycle of “Yes, I am on the right track.” and “Uh-oh. I may have missed something there.”

And I guess that’s why I checked the above mentioned site and see whether standardized personality tests would help clear my thoughts out. And voila, it says I am meant for Medicine. Well, for people out there thinking, dreaming, aspiring, etc. to be future doctors, check out this article that I also got from the site. (Text in bold and italics are things that struck me most)

Why study Medicine as a career option

Medicine is a very rewarding and lucrative career option. As a doctor, you can take care of the health of people, which in itself is a great social service. Doctors are looked upon as much-respected members of the society. As a doctor, you can help the sick and ailing. You can prevent many illnesses and help create a healthier society.

There are numerous career opportunities once you complete your study of medicine. With the same background, you can enter into many related heath fields. The same education and training can help you take up jobs in other areas of medical field other than being a doctor. In some cases, you may have to undergo short training or specialization courses.

Being a doctor could be immensely stressful and could drain you out emotionally. It is very hard work. Nevertheless, if you are committed to serving people and humankind in general, you can study medicine to be a doctor. You can always look for suitable advice and guidance. Talk to your family and friends and explore for all possible avenues of research like the Internet, job advisors, career related books, etc.

Why Should I Opt To Study Medicine

Studying medicine does take a long time. You have to decide if career as a doctor is what you aspire to be. Nevertheless, it is a very rewarding career if you view it from any angle. You earn a special status in society as a doctor. As a doctor, you can make a great difference to the lives of numerous people. You can work as a doctor in a hospital or as a family doctor or general physician.

Another reason for choosing a career in medicine is that it offers you an opportunity to provide a service to the public through diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, diseases, and infections. Doctors are also increasingly expected to provide social support to their patients.

If you want to go into the depths of any particular branch of medicine and understand it thoroughly, you can go in for higher specialization after training as a doctor. There are numerous courses available for specialization like:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anesthetics
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Trauma management
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy

If more academically inclined, you can choose to take up a career as a lecturer in any medical college. You can go into advanced studies and choose an option of medical research. Healthcare industry is booming and ever expanding. If you are interested in administrative work, you can take similar positions in healthcare projects, hospitals, social organizations, and others. If you want to combine your interests of serving the society and medicine, choose to go for healthcare projects operated under the bigger organizations like United Nations, Red Cross Society, etc. You can also work to improve public health.

Doctors have extensive job security and you can earn a good living. A doctor’s life involves a high degree of commitment. You may have to work late hours and often would have to attend calls at any time of the day or night. You have to be sure of your interest right from the time you start studying medicine.

Being a doctor requires you to be emotionally strong. As a doctor, you would have to deal with many dire situations, handle patients with utmost care, provide substantial emotional support to relatives and those in medical emergencies, and remain calm in the most difficult situations to help, handle, and take critical decisions.

Why become a doctor?

Becoming a doctor is no easy option. In addition to many long years of study, you have to take up specialization courses, internships, and training. Eventually, it requires serious self-analysis to evaluate if you are ready to study medicine as your career option. You should have an inherent desire to help people. In that case, you can find very few other rewarding and satisfactory careers as that of a doctor.

Medicine is all about helping people. You treat illness, provide advice, and assure people. You have to look at illnesses from your point as a doctor and from your patient’s point of view. You have to understand symptoms and decide on your course of medication. This calls for an enquiring mind. Further, you should be able to retain an extensive and in-depth knowledge of ailments, symptoms, remedies, and be able to relate and apply them as necessary.

If you have that passion to improve people’s lives coupled with the determination to reach the highest standards, your choice of studying and choosing medicine as a career option is aptly justified. You will have a wide range of career opportunities. You can follow a path to one of many specialties, from working in a hospital as a surgeon to being based in the community as a GP.

Life as a Doctor

Studying medicine does not mean you will end up as a doctor in some hospital or nursing home alone. Physicians are employed in every sector of society. If you want to serve people in rural areas, you can work with health organizations and missionary services working for betterment of rural people. Alternatively, you can choose to serve people in developing nations, tribal areas, and in the far-flung geographical areas of the globe. You can choose any model to serve humanity.

Personal Traits

Before you choose medicine as your career option, think of your personal skills and interests. Medical profession is all about treating illnesses, assuring people of their well-being, and providing proper recourse in case of any medical emergency. As a doctor, you have to analyze given situation, test your diagnosis, decide on the best course of treatment, and monitor progress. This requires an analytical mind.

You should have patience to deal with pressuring situations, talk, and make patients and relatives understand medical situations, provide possible solutions, and look into ideas that can bring in maximum relief to patients.

Overall, if you want to have a successful career in medicine, you should have certain inherent doctor like qualities.

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So? What do you think? Did that help you out or did it stress you further? Well, I still have to do some rethinking myself. HAHA. kidding. But seriously, this does make you wanna analyze better what you got yourself into or what you’re planning to immerse yourself in. I hope we all make good choices. 🙂 That’s all for now. 🙂

Btw, if you’re into other courses besides Medicine, check out the above mentioned site. Make an account and explore the different avenues available to you. Good luck! 🙂

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December 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm 4 comments

One of a kind

This is definitely amazing guys. Read on to find out why we can be more proud of our country’s natural resources. I thank God for placing us in this paradise. I hope we take care of the treasures that He has given to us. 🙂

Rare flower species found only in northern Philippines

FlORO TAGUINOD, GMANews.TV

11/20/2008 | 01:45 PM 

TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan –A one-of-a-kind flower has been unveiled to the public in this northern Philippine city, with environmental scientists saying the recent discovery is a rare specie endemic in Cagayan province. 

The five-petal flower named Rafflesia leonardi, which belongs to the Rafflesia family of rare flowers, was discovered last May by a multi-sectoral group of environmental scientists at remote sitio Kinapawan in the coastal town of Lallo.

According to the Cagayan Valley Partners in People Development (Cavapped), the Rafflesia leonardi is believed to be the only of its kind in the world, the fourth specie of Rafflesia in Luzon and the eighth in the Philippines. 

Rafflesia leonardi was named after Filipino botanist Dr. Leonardo Co of Conservation International (CI) and belongs to the Rafflesia family of rare flowers.
Scientists say the Rafflesia, also dubbed “corpse flower” or “meat flower,” is a genus of parasitic flowering plants first discovered in the Indonesian rainforest in 1818.

Without stems, leaves and true roots, the Rafflesia leonardi germinates direct from its host which is commonly a vine or creeper. It matures into a full fascinating bloom after nine months and wilts after seven days to a pure black pith and bears fruit.

Cavapped said the new flower species has features similar to Rafflesia lobata and Rafflesia manillana, but it is the only one with a diaphragm, which incurred the curiosity for more studies by scientists from two universities in the US including the Harvard University.

Among the Rafflesia species, the Rafflesia leonardi also grows near creeks or rivers in healthy forests and thrives in an un-polluted environment. 

Indigenous Agta people who inhabit the wilderness of Kinapawan forest in Lallo said that the flower is commonly known to them as Ngaratngat but they were not aware of its significance until scientists and personnel from environmental groups started to arrive in their area in search of the rare flower.

Information revealed that Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants, it was first discovered in the Indonesian rain forest in 1818 and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the leader of the expedition team that discovered the said species. To date, there are 26 recorded species which are all found in southeastern Asia.

In full bloom Rafflesia leonardi can grow to around the size of a regular car tire and weighs up to 22 lbs. It looks stunning in its bright red petals bathed in a pattern of white dots and is also called ‘corpse flower’ or ‘meat flower’ because it emits a scent similar to a rotting meat, the putrid smell attracts insects like carrion flies who transport the pollens from male to female flowers.– GMANews.TV

December 5, 2008 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Staying at our post

” People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly…in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered and honored; true to our word, though distrusted, ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open spacious life, We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way…Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”

from 2 Corinthians chapter 6, (Message version)

Enjoy the rest of your sembreak friends! 🙂

November 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Immunization Week

 I wrote this on June 22, 2006. Being a freshman then I stopped to look at the papers posted on the OSA bulletin board. I saw one that had the prices of vaccines on it for the immunization week. Below it was information for the essay contest for the same event and it said “1st prize:3,000 php”. I sort of needed cash that time and was itching to write something of purpose anyway so I jumped at the chance.  I won unexpectedly and was supposed to receive my prize at the Mr and Ms Freshie program but I decided to not go and claim it at the OSA instead. Haha, i dunno why but hey I didn’t want to broadcast it to everyone. Now that I read it again, it seems kind of silly for a 500 word essay. Anyway, here’s the entry:

Theme: One Shot Can Make A Difference

 

            I planted my eyes on the object that the doctor was wielding: a strange tubular instrument containing some liquid with a needle sticking out on the end. “What is that for, doctor?” I asked, to satisfy my curiosity. “It’s a little something to aid you and your health, child.” He pats my shoulder and brought the instrument closer to my arm. “This may sting a bit but rest assured, it’s for your own good.” The needle homed in on its target and burrowed its way through my skin, spewing forth colorless liquid into my body.

            It did sting a bit… Only then did the doctor orient me about “shots” and “vaccination.” I was a five year old then so I didn’t get to comprehend what the doctor was trying to say.  Only later did I realize that vaccination is a treat way better than the free lollipop after every shot.

Immunity against diseases is one heck of a privilege to acquire, like having this protective barrier against diseases all the time – With that single shot, I was granted a ticket to a better, healthier lifestyle. No longer will I be troubled by thoughts of Hepatitis, Smallpox, that nasty Measles, really embarrassing Chickenpox that leaves you looking spotty, the untimely Influenza where powers of cough, colds and fever join for your misery and others that make your life a burden. This allows me to work to my fullest potential.

In addition, a healthier me produces a healthier environment; minimizing the possibility of infecting other people certainly makes the world a better place, doesn’t it? But what if a whole community would start taking their shots? Imagine, the resistance against diseases would jump two, maybe even three folds.

Amazing? All because of a single shot.

And when we have communities like that in the Philippines, who knows what we can achieve? What new heights could we reach? Probably we could accomplish way beyond our limits.

Imagine all these occurring because of a single shot. Doesn’t that make you feel eager to get yours?  I think we should start with that. Seemingly simple yet incredibly powerful. What a huge impact it could create on all of us. I made my move years ago, how about you? Go ahead, friends. One shot. All it takes.

 

Laughtrip. haha. The whole essay is like a running advertisement. Oh well, at least they bought it.

 

October 31, 2008 at 6:52 am 4 comments

So my blog won’t be entirely empty

Apparently my brain cells are not working as much as they used to do. To compensate for days that writer’s block (if that is really what I experience) or laziness stop me from coming up with decent blog posts, I’ve decided to put instead articles that have been stagnating in the C: drive of my computer. Well they’re documents that I either passed as a requirement in my subjects or written for some other reasons that are not as collective enough to put in a category. Hope these fillers make sense and prevent my blog from being empty.

October 31, 2008 at 6:29 am Leave a comment

On grades that make or break us

I remember the first time I got more than 1 mistake in a quiz. It was in grade 5 and the score that stared at me from the paper was 11/15. I cried and even ran to my busmate from the other section to seek comfort because I felt miserable, like the whole world was about to crash on me. I know it’s an overreaction but for a kid like me who only got 1 or 2 mistakes, it was definitely heart breaking. A few hours later, ice cream and the play station served the purpose of consoling me plus the thought that I will study harder so that would never happen again. Heartbreak solved.

 

Fast forward to the time where my parents decided I might be better challenged more in a science high school. Grr, it definitely was something new to me. The onslaught of quizzes and exams with scores that were way past the 5 mistake mark that I dreaded before suddenly became the norm. It seemed that all those years I was in elementary was all pretend, making me believe that I could conquer every exam given to me. Boy high school definitely showed me how wrong I was. And it definitely prepped me for the same trends in college. It sort of made me numb to grades that started with 8, 7, or even 6’s unlike before where I used to look at a report card that was filled with a streak of 9’s.

 

Why am I rambling about grades anyway? Well, I just saw mine for the first sem of my third year in BS Public Health and my GWA was definitely not holding it. My dreams of going to UP med or to Duke NUS (one can dream, right? :P) was further watered down by the line of 2’s staring at me. I remember what I asked my blockmate Mita, before, ‘Why do numbers always depress us?’ She said that they were meant to rank people so you’d always feel inferior or superior at one point. Aargh, even the slightest decimals tend to affect our whole academic existence, especially when you want so much to achieve a CS or a US standing.  I had to fight for my grade once in Psych10 cos the BehSci department had my grade all wrong, almost not giving me my US standing.  Even in debate tournaments, speaker scores like 72 or 71 makes you want to hang yourself and say WTH and end up sulking the rest of the day.

 

Admittedly, I am a grade conscious student who thinks grades are the end all and be all of your academic endeavors. My belief is that grades determine how good we perform in school. But lately I guess it doesn’t exactly pinpoint how good we are, in the real sense of the word. Yes, you might have gotten ‘uno’ for having memorized all the metabolism pathways or the functions of this body system or what. But it doesn’t mean you can explain it to someone who asked you about it and actually make him or her understand. So my 2.25 in microbiology doesn’t mean I’m a complete idiot when it comes to bacteria or mycology. And my 1 in philo is no assurance that I’m the greatest philosopher in Block 21.

 

 My point is, I realized that the call is for us to be good both ways. Meaning, even if grades don’t entirely reflect how great a student we are, it shows how much effort we put into studying for an exam, a report or even a measly quiz. And take note, those numbers are what they’ll be judging if they’ll let you go to med school or end up pursuing some other path that wasn’t your plan in the first place. The challenge is then on for our transcripts to have 1’s and us definitely grasping every concept that we encounter, for real. So when someone asks you what the Kreb’s cycle is, you don’t end up saying you forgot it already even if you had uno or explaining it very well yet they’d be confused why you only got tres.

 

This means I have to start taking my majors seriously next sem and right now, start reviewing for my NMAT in December. It may be hard but the pay off is definitely rewarding. The quest for ‘uno’s’ has now gotten more oomph to it.

 

October 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm 6 comments


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