In 2009, after xenophobic attacks in a small town called Du Noon, Cape Town, in South Africa, I watched the paramedics swoop in as quickly as they could with emergency kits. They moved in such unison and confidence that I wondered how incredibly trained and experienced they must have been in what they were doing. I was nine years old and could not comprehend the damage caused by the attackers to those injured people. The emergency medical care that they provided was exceptional and awestriking. All that went through my mind was that those people would die, and saving them would be a miracle.
That has been my view on medical professionals: miracles. Ever since that event, I have wanted to become a doctor, having the ability, confidence, training, and practice to save and take care of life. With that perspective, despite poor educational standards and lack of school funds to support that dream, hard work and perseverance became a part of my thinking and reasoning. I admired what I saw when I was nine and was determined to make it a reality for the rest of my life.
Years later, I have been fortunate enough to come to the United States of America and be able to work toward this dream. As a medical assistant student aiming toward a nursing/ medical degree, having a stubborn and set mind is an important task. My training in the Assisting medical program has increased my love toward people. The desire to ease the emotional and physical pain of those I see daily is ingrained in my mind, and I find that I always seek to be that good influence in speech and deeds, just in case it is the kind of relief that someone is listening and watching me might need. An essential part of this process has been the development of soft skills. These are skills that include interpersonal abilities, empathy, and emotional intelligence. Being able to quickly and effectively discern what people are feeling and how to help is something I have noticed to be an integral part of medical professionals. They know how to handle you, even when you think that is not the case, and they know how to do so in any emergency.
Another meaningful way I mentally prepare myself is through learning beyond expectations, doing additional research, and practicing known things. This way, I can be a reliable caregiver; trusted by those I work with and those being cared for. I have discovered that achieving goals, whether physical or mental, starts with the mentality of that person. Training the brain is an important skill I learned in my psychology class. I am teaching my brain to receive different data from the world around me with understanding and problem-solving skills. Knowing that I can overcome obstacles because I have trained myself to do so is one of the attributes that I know gives me the confidence that I saw those medical professionals years ago use to control, solve, and eliminate the chaos and panic they had driven into.
Physically, I am preparing myself by participating in our practices in my program. This is where I am placed in a medical emergency and must act immediately with precision and apply knowledge at the first assessment of the crisis presented before me. This training has allowed me to use the skills acquired in classroom settings and have an idea of the real-life situations that other medical professionals face daily and how best I could react in those settings to produce the best outcomes for all those involved.
In conclusion, it is essential to understand that lives are being placed in your trusted and capable hands if you are a medical caregiver. This trust means that preparing yourself to love and give more than is required must come naturally to you as you work toward developing or improving that skill. I sincerely admire the time and effort they sacrificed to save lives. I urge all medical students to see themselves as crucial components of society because that is what they are. One of the basic human needs is security and healthcare. I grew up in a continent and countries where these needs are unmet because of a lack of medical care and the lack of security that those who would eventually become medical caregivers need.