Friday, January 13, 2017

Why I want to be a Cardiovascular or Orthepedic Surgeon

I get asked this question a lot and I'm pretty sure I'll be asked throughout my lifetime so I thought it is a good time to organize my thoughts so that I'd be able to answer it satisfactorily.

First of all, I enjoy being active and I consider myself athletic and gifted with physical coordination. Hence, surgery was automatically a field that has attracted me the most.

Within the field of surgery I understand that there are many subspecialties. 
The two interest me the most: CS and OS. 

The heart is a vital organ that symbolizes life. It's importance needs no explaining. Furthermore, I find the anatomy and physiology of the heart fascinating. The vessel branches, valves, elasticity, signal transduction, etc. are all topics that interest me. 

Orthopedics is a field concerning the musculoskeletal system. It is responsible for our movements; it allows us to do sports and daily activities. As someone who has played varsity soccer and enjoys playing a wide variety of sports, orthopedics is a field that is closely related to my favorite hobbies and interests also.

There are several things that are common between CS and OS. A lot of the procedures are intense, require advanced skills, and can be done in a very short time. In CS there are valve replacement and aortic arch replacement procedures for example. In OS you have trauma patients for example with compartment syndrome or open fracture that require immediate treatment. And the fact that patients with above problems are very common means that OS and CS doctors are always in need.

As both specialties have many emergency patients it matches quite well with my personality, someone who enjoys being active and who thrives under pressure. 

Lastly I am someone who can get very creative with things that interest me. I hope this could be a motivation for me to pioneer new advancements and research to benefit the field in the future. There is a part of me that wants to always try new things and improve the current standards. I can imagine myself contributing to CS and OS, especially as biomedical engineering is on a rapid rise.

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