Three new medical school students — all with different stories. There’s Fiona Strasser King, who fled West Africa with her mom to come to the U.S..
“Growing up I always wanted to be a doctor, ever since I can remember.”
I also spoke Zuhair Siddique, whose family is from Pakistan, but he grew right here in Houston and went to Bellaire High. And finally Danny Farley, whose from the Dallas area, but moved to Houston over a decade ago.
All three begin classes next week at the University of Texas Health medical school in the Texas Medical Center.
Strasser King says she saw how bad things were in Africa and that made her want to help the needy.
“I have a lot of compassion for people who cannot take care of themselves. I grew up in a very poor community where healthcare was a privilege, so coming here, even then I wanted to take care of people. I wanted to help people who could not afford to go to the doctor.”
I asked the students their thoughts on the future of medicine and the health care industry. Many people say doctors stand to lose significantly under plans to overhaul the industry.
This is Zuhair Siddiqui:
“People aren’t really sure what to expect. The changes that are going to come through, they’re not really going to start rolling in until 2014, and right now it’s just a lot of speculation.”
Although they may not know what to expect Siddiqui believes the general consensus among those in his profession is the public should beware what they ask for.
“A lot of the general population things the system is broken and so they might be welcoming a change, any sort of change. But at the same time, a lot of health care professionals think that if you do change the system, there might be some unintended consequences that ultimately will harm the patient.”
Danny Farley, who is currently working as a paramedic, isn’t worried about future changes in healthcare. He just loves helping people, like the man he helped keep alive after a car accident.
“He was severely injured and we were able to deliver him to the emergency department with a pulse and a blood pressure and he was able to say goodbye to his family before passing.”
Although the man died, Farley felt he still made a difference.
“Definitely a good experience though. I felt good about it. I felt maybe I helped with the process, the grieving process, and I find it very fulfilling, so I absolutely love my work.”
None of the student are overly concerned about future changes to healthcare, and if they end up making less money so be it.
Here’s how Farley put it:
“I think if you seek financial success in anything you pursue, you’re going to find it empty, and especially in healthcare.”
The students start classes on Monday. Seven or eight years from now one of them could be your doctor.