For some, the amazing and sometimes exhausting medical education/training journey can go down different unexpected pathways before one finds their niche and their true passion. I started medical school with the idea of becoming a surgeon. Shortly after, through different experiences, I changed my focus to Internal Medicine, and quickly allured to Hematology/Oncology. During my Residency in Internal Medicine, I was exposed to Hematopathology which then was unknown to me as a career choice. This sub-specialty was very foreign to me, since, like most other U.S. medical schools, mine did not expose me to Pathology as a clinical practice. I was impressed by the amazing role the Hematopathologist played in patient care, and the more I read and learned about pathology, specifically Hematopathology, the more interested I became. Ultimately, I decided to change my path again and to seek a career in Hematopathology (a choice that some friends and family initially questioned but ultimately ended up being the best thing I could have done). The career choices in medicine are plentiful; some specialties are well known, while others may not be as familiar but are equally important to patient care. Explore, ask questions, learn, and discover what best matches your passions in medicine, as this will bring you the most joy in life. Hooman H. Rashidi, MD, FASCP Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Director of Residency Program Director of Flow Cytometry & Immunology Associate Professor Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine #facesofucdsom #ucdavis #medicalschool
Medical school is not an easy journey, but like @michaeldonath says below, friends, classmates a, and puppies help it become a little easier. #medicalschool #meded #medstudent #medstudentlife #ucdavis #ucdsom
Students received a special lecture from Garen Wintemute and Amy Barnhorst about firearm violence prevention. A valuable conversation to facilitate dialogue about #gunviolence and the roles physicians have in prevention and care.