Last fall I got the incredible opportunity to be a part of a program known as Future DOCs. It is a program under the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Detroit for high school students with a keen interest in the medical field. For 6 weeks I gave up my Saturday mornings to learn something new about the medical world. We learned about Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, life-saving intervention methods, how to create a suture, what goes on in an ambulance, how to operate common medical equipment, and even more. Every Saturday it was something new and exciting.
This program also allowed current medical students at MSUCOM to be mentors. They would show up ready to support, and they would answer any questions we had. I knew I would be in their shoes in a few years, so I tried to absorb all of their knowledge that I could. Their drive, determination, intellect, open minds, and open hearts truly assured my interest in the medical field. I knew I wanted to be where they were one day, and become a doctor for the rest of my life.
I plan on pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Howard University. Then, I will continue my journey to medical school. I want to come back to Michigan and attend Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. There I would like pursue a D.O., which is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. This is a professional doctoral degree for physicians offered by medical schools in the United States. Osteopathic medicine is a century-old philosophy that cares about people. They diagnose patients by considering the mind, body, and soul. This field is known for the art of caring and the power of touch.
Although DOs are rare in some places, Osteopathic medicine is the fastest growing medical field in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions. It is also becoming very popular in the sports world, especially right here in the city. Both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons have teams of doctors that are DOs.
With my degree I want to touch the hearts and souls of many across Michigan. I want to be a key influence and a helping hand. I want patients to feel comfortable in my presence. Before we can help patients, we must get them to come to the hospital. A major problem I have noticed in my community is the “fear” of hospitals. I want to start programs that spread positive outlooks on hospitals. My dad would suffer and stick out the pain, rather than go to the hospital. We have to change the minds of these people. The medical field grows more advanced every day. Doctors are healing people and saving more lives each day. I want the people in my community to live longer, and to never be ashamed or afraid of going to the hospital.