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From the start of my NHC term, I’ve been working on how to best integrate myself in the patient’s experience without being seen as adding chores to their health care. Communication has become my best tool in connecting with patients and helping them decide how to best improve their health.
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"Before beginning my term as a National Health Corps Pittsburgh member, I was often asked, 'So, what exactly are you doing this year?' While the details of the daily activities as a Patient Navigator remained cloudy, I felt confident describing my 10 and half month engagement with National Health Corps as a 'service year.' However, throughout the first half of this program, I have realized that working in a health related profession is a life-long continuation of a 'service year'. I have observed this in all aspects of my experience, from the daily work that I do at the Lawrenceville Family Health Center to my community volunteer projects and health education opportunities. I am continuously surrounded by a community of people that have made a commitment to serving others."
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Attempting to grip the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare will be beneficial in my future journey as a physician, as improving the health outcome of a patient is more than treating their bodily symptoms, but also looking at the “outside factors” that surround the patient and their illness
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"The age old debate of nature vs. nurture has always been one of interest to me. The basic dilemma that I have continued to deliberate is as follows: Am I shaped by my environment and how I was brought up, or am I a product of a multitude of hereditary factors? Although it is widely accepted that the nature of our beings is an intricate combination of the two, the realization that my “nurture” is often quite different than that of others was something that started to intrigue me."
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