Why did you chose medicine?
I chose medicine because of my love of the human body. I have always had a passion for science and love learning about health and disease. In college I planned on majoring in exercise science and becoming a personal trainer and future stay at home mom but God had much different plans for me. Through personal revelation I realized that I would not be fulfilled nor live up to my full potential as a stay at home mom so I made the decision to apply to medical school. I am now a first year medical student and cannot picture choosing any other path in life.
What has been the most rewarding part of your medical career?
My medical career has only just begun and I know that there will be many rewarding points down the road. Right now it is really rewarding to have the privilege of being in medical school, learning about how incredible our bodies are and feeling excited about my future.
What advice would you give to prospective doctors and/or students?
Decide what your priorities are and remember them. Medicine is my passion but I often have to remind myself that grades do not matter as much as I think they do and that medicine is simply a career. Focusing on church, my family, and my own health helps me keep my life in balance and makes me an even better student. Also, trust in God. This is easier said than done but trusting that God has set me on this path and will help me at every step of the way gives me confidence and peace.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been overcoming my own self-imposed limitations. Before starting my medical pathway I strongly believed that in order to be a righteous LDS woman I had to be a stay-at-home mom. I have had to reinvent my image of what a good mother, wife, and Latter-day Saint looks like and what I thought my future would look like. Through personal revelation I have come to understand that God has a different plan for each of his daughters and it may include a demanding career. I now know that living a righteous life is about discovering God's intents for you and being willing to do what he asks you to do.