WhenI was twelve years old, my grandma was living with me and my family for about oneyear. There were times where she would get really bad stomach aches andcompletely throw up all the food she would eat.
She could even drink water andstill throw it up. We did not understand why this was happening and started gettingworried. But apparently she was dealing with this randomly even in Ghana. So wewould rush her to the hospital and just hope there was a solution to what wasgoing on. She would stay in the hospital for at least a week. The whole time shewas there, all I could think of was how I can help. It made me anxious, sad,and worried seeing my grandma going through this, but I still remained strongand would just pray and hope for the best.
It seemed to me that those aroundme, particularly my family, were more fearful of what might happen than I was. Itrusted the abilities of doctors and that they would take care of her. Now thatI’m older I fear sickness in a more vivid way than I remember seeing it as achild. My experience as a child sparked a deep interest in how we approach seniorcare, especially as it relates to our psychological and emotional support of elderlyfacing serious medical conditions. It was then that I experienced first-handthe power and compassion of medicine, not only in healing but also in bringingunlikely individuals together, such as adults and children, in uncommon yetprofound ways. It was also then that I began to take seriously the possibilityof becoming a physician assistant.My interest was sparked even morewhen, as an undergraduate, I studied public health.
With better medical careand public health efforts, the rate of individual and population aging hasaccelerated in recent years. Therefore, while chronic diseases and illnessesare more prevalent in older adults, poor health is not an inevitableconsequence of aging. I was honored to learn so much in the public healthfield. I am eager to continue this sort of research as I pursue my medicalcareer. The intersection of medicine, psychology, and socialization or culture isquite fascinating and is a field that is in need of better research. I feelthere is a still a tendency in medicine to treat diseases the same way nomatter whom the patient is.
We are slowly learning that procedures and drugsare not always universally effective. Not only must we alter our care ofpatients depending upon these cultural and social factors, we may also need toalter our entire emotional and psychological approach to them as well.It is for this reason that I’mapplying to the Cooper Medical School Pre Med Post Bac at Rowan University, asit has one of the top programs for PA in the country. I want to be able toprovide my future patients the care they need. My grandma, who is still alivetoday, really inspired me to pursue a career in the health field and has beenthe cause of my inspiration that has shaped my life since.
I am driven andpassionate. I know that the post-baccalaureate program at Rowan will likely beone of the biggest challenges I will face in my life, I know that I am up forit. I am ready to be challenged and prove to myself what I’ve been tellingmyself since my grandma’s illness: I will be a physician assistant.