Summer of 2016, I was awarded the opportunity to be one of the fourteen fellows that the Atlantis Project sent to Almansa, Spain for intensive shadowing and hospital clinical experience. During my time there I completed four different rotations in four different specialties, and was allowed to sit in on surgeries and better my skills with patient care. The four specialties that I shadowed were; Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Each day after my shadowing shifts were over, I followed up with the physicians to help tutor them in English. This experience was something that has influenced my life plans and goals, and also introduced me to the importance of cross-cultural understandings in the medical field.
Currently, I volunteer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. At the hospital I am a patient care volunteer, and go around to several units within the hospital to spend time with patients. I travel with a cart loaded with magazines, puzzles, books, and cards and with these tools I try to brighten up people’s days. To be a physician, I believe that it is extremely important to harbor great interpersonal skills, and to be able to talk/communicate with a broad range of individuals. This experience has taught me invaluable skills in the art of communication, and more specifically how to communicate with patients. From volunteering at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, I believe that I am working on a critical skill that future physicians should have in order to better serve a community.