Explain your motivation for wanting to become a doctor in an essay for medical school admissions.

Explain your motivation for wanting to become a doctor in an essay for medical school admissions.This profound statement made by Robin Williams in the movie Patch Adams has deep meaning for me. The passion began when my mother passed away in undergraduate school. At that time, I felt helpless to do anything and that sense of helplessness stayed with me. It became something I needed to conquer and remove. I completely changed my career direction. Prerequisites for medical school became my priority. I started every morning at 5am and watched medical shows during my morning studies for motivation. I joined the local first responder unit and began EMT school while balancing my bachelor’s degree. As grandiose as it seemed, the mission of my life was to acquire the ability to bring people back to their families so that others could be spared from the hurt that I had endured from the loss of a loved one. At least, as many as I could. While studying for the MCAT and working full-time as an EMT for the local county EMS, Christmas arrived, and my family asked me to visit. I went home to Connecticut and while there, I expressed for the first time my desire to become a doctor. I think most families would be thrilled. Mine was not. Over the years, my family has experienced many losses and sickness. The primary response was a challenge. Could I imagine myself telling children their mother was dying? Could I spread news of cancer daily? Could I take full, complete responsibility for the outcomes of my medical decision-making, knowing that I was in charge of a patient’s care? I was still young and not the most confident. This was enough to scare me and make me believe I was unworthy of becoming a doctor. Although, the family did suggest physician assistant school and encouraged me through that career path. I powered through physician assistant school. I found that I tend to thrive when I’m challenged academically because the process has always just made sense to me. School has never been excessively stressful but thrilling. There are not many situations in life where such a clear objective lies before you. If you’re able to minimize distractions, focus on that objective, and achieve it, the rewards are great. The rewards are instantaneous. Physician assistant school was a wonderful opportunity to dive into a wealth of knowledge that would serve me in the years to come. Everything I learned I considered valuable. Following physician assistant school I was blessed with a wonderful job in emergency medicine. When I arrived, mid-levels were not capable of much. When a code arrived, mid-levels would be nudged out of the room. Lower acuity patients were reserved for mid-levels. Over the years, my thrill of medicine increased, and I wanted to be involved in all degrees of acuity. I became very proficient in the cases I was handling, my patient care plans were well executed, and the skills that I had developed were solid. After a few years, my partners could see my desire to do more. Eventually, I was taught intubations, arrhythmia management, dislocation reductions, central lines, chest tubes, and transvenous pacemakers. I taught myself peripheral ultrasound guided IVs. I studied ALS algorithms daily. Eventually, if there was a procedure to be done, I would be called in by my physician partners to do the procedure. When a code arrived, I was already at the head of the bed ready to perform the advanced airway. Immediately after I was doing the central line, and even running the code at times. By the time that I left, I was teaching my mid-level partners advanced procedures, encouraging them to do more, and training RNs and ED technicians peripheral vascular ultrasound IV. I believed I could start again in a new state. I thought the years of experience and skills that I had acquired would carry onto the next job. My next job was working at a medical university. It turned out all the procedures, codes, and the highest acuity patients were reserved for residents. Once again, I was no longer an asset outside of my ability to manage high patient volume. If a patient became critical, in most cases, I was relieved of my patient. Although, despite the career-wise backtracking, I had found renewed inspiration to continue my education. I realize now that the fear that my family had instilled in me during my pursuit of a career in medicine was completely irrelevant. It had prevented me from performing at the highest level possible. No, I wasn’t ready or worthy to function at that time as a physician. Regardless, my career brought me to a point where I was basically functioning at a physician level, although I did not have the title. I was sharing bad news daily. I can’t count how many “cancer talks” I’ve had. I’ve also had many solid “saves” and, here and there, I made a difference. I was able to comfort hundreds of people in different difficult situations. I was able to fix children. Some patients and families check in on me to this day. Looking back, I feel that if I had continued through medical school, supported by a solid program, I would have acquired the tools to function as a good physician just the same. I’ve realized that becoming a physician at this point in my career would not be a setback at all. It would be a natural progression and an attainment of what I believe I was meant to do all along. I realize some would see this as a drastic venture at this point in my life, but I see medical school as a wonderful opportunity to further my education and succeed in my greatest achievement. As a medical provider, furthering one’s education is already a normal and expected responsibility. Becoming a physician would guarantee my ability to provide medical care at the highest possible level. My passion to bring people back to their families would never again be obstructed. I’ve wanted to become a doctor with all my heart for years and now I don’t just have the passion for it. I now also have the confidence, the ability, and the worthiness to become one.[order_button_a]