As seen before, I have had another exhilarating week of ISM.
On of my major goals this week, was to acquire the perspective of a career outside of medicine that still deals with public health.
As mentioned before in previous reports and assessments, I have always had a deep interest and understanding in the field of science, along with a deep passion in helping those in need. Therefore, I have always leaned towards becoming a doctor, and having a one on one relationship with the patient's needs and assessing what I can do as a medical provider to help them. However, with the diverse field of public health, there are many, different professions available in this area.
Deciding to be my own devil's advocate, I pondered on the thought if I was not to becoming a doctor, what are my other options? As a result, I came up with the idea of interviewing different public health professionals in my area.
Surprisingly, I was able to schedule an interview with a health administrator, and formally assess the interview in this week's assessment.
This was not one my typical informational interviews. Usually I discussed on current topics and public health scares. Instead, I was learning about a completely new field. I learned that health administration (at least in this interviewer’s case) is an analysis of the whole field and patient's needs. With this information, administration are able to shape the healthcare system and the available services to the public. This interview accessed more of the business and management side of public health. Which indeed was very interesting.
However, at the end of the interview, managing a clinic seemed interesting, but I'm still fond of practicing medicine and having a direct relationship with the patient.
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