Abraham O. Kuranga
Fourth year medical student
As a political science major, I was prepared to enter law school until I had a change of heart.
When I showed interest in healthcare, My mother suggested I explore respiratory therapy while completing pre-med courses. A respiratory what? Although clueless, I entered with an open mind. It opened my eyes to possibilities and options I didn’t know existed and vaulted me to where I am today.
As a respiratory therapist, I worked with truly inspiring children and adults. Some had devastating diseases, but their hopeful eyes belied their diagnoses. This experience afforded me the opportunity to see some high acuity patients and the interesting pathology that went along with them. At the same time, I still wanted to do more than respiratory therapy.
Through my experience as a medical student, I discovered the option of combined Internal Medicine andPediatrics. It continues to amaze me how many pathologies begin in early childhood and continue onto adulthood. To be able to follow and potentially divert such a path, allowing patients to manage these illnesses better, makes Med-Peds a fit for me. I want to be able to work with a newborn baby, and also have the skill set to evaluate an elderly patient with a COPD exacerbation. I envision diagnosing a rare genetic disease from early childhood in one room and then managing a middle-age man with chest pain in the next. The versatility of Med-Peds intrigues me and makes learning medicine fun. My hope is that Med-Peds will provide me the opportunity to change lives, no matter the age of my patient