Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to become a doctor. Growing up in a family of preachers and missionaries, service was instilled in me at an early age. Whether it was helping the homeless, taking care of the sick, or simply singing in the choir. I experienced first-hand and connected with the true meaning of being a servant. My dad is a new pastor and being a pastor’s child involves service in many areas, especially since we are just starting to build and grow the church. Being surrounded by servants in ministry on both sides of my family, I wanted to pursue a career that would allow my passion for serving people to be my everyday job.
In 2003, my grandfather passed away at 79 due to Congestive Heart failure and a few years later my uncle was given the same diagnosis when he was only 43 years old. Thankfully, my uncle is still alive and now well. In 2004, my cousin died at the age of 10 after having his third heart transplant. I want to become a Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgeon and honor my grandfather and cousin’s memories by helping children who struggle with heart problems.
I plan to study Pre-medicine and pursue a Doctorate of Medicine Degree, specializing in Cardiothoracic surgery. I want to experiment with new, innovative technology and help prevent heart diseases before they become detrimental.
The Michigan Department of Community health says,” Congenital heart defects are the most common group of birth defects, affecting 9 in 1000 newborns. Critical congenital heart diseases (CCHD) are those requiring surgery or catheter intervention in the first year of life. CCHDs remain one of the most significant causes of infant death in the United States.” I want to conduct research to improve the condition of failing hearts; avoiding the need for heart transplants.
The Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery programs at Children's Hospital of Michigan were ranked among the best in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Children’s Hospital of Michigan not only provides care for patients, but comfort as well. Children’s Hospital of Michigan says, “experts train physicians in the latest pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery techniques. Currently, researchers are developing remarkable new ways to improve pediatric surgical procedures, including techniques to create cardiovascular tubes and valves from a patient’s own living tissues. If successful, the living-tissue tubes and valves would grow with young patients – eliminating the need for multiple tube-and valve-replacement surgeries.” I believe obtaining my degree can help contribute to the medical field in the state of Michigan; by advancing cardiovascular research at our hospitals, which can help increase our national ranking, with the U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings and various other hospital ranking institutions. An increase in ranking can encourage more funds, changing the lives of our children, and in turn making Michigan’s future brighter.