January 25, 2023
Anna Sipes, a junior biology and Spanish double main, knew from a younger age that she was meant to be a health care provider for astronauts.
Sipes knew that she wished to be a health care provider in center college and an astronaut in highschool. She claims that she has all the time been a naturally curious one who wished to intersect her pure curiosity with wanting to assist others.
“I really feel like most science persons are naturally curious folks, [and] that curiosity can solely result in exploration after which later discovery,” Sipes mentioned. “So, drugs was all the time form of the route I wished to go simply due to my curiosity in science, however then additionally simply serving to different folks, I feel is a large facet of medication. So since center college, I wished to be a health care provider and I pursued that by highschool I participated in some summer time applications and began shadowing medical doctors and determined okay, that is undoubtedly what I wish to be doing. After which my senior 12 months of highschool, I found that medical doctors may be astronauts. In order that turned a part of the dream as properly.”
Though Sipes is from Charleston, she has wished to go to Jap for years. She claims that Jap has so many assets obtainable to their college students.
She thinks that the assets obtainable to her by Jap received her to the place she is right now. She additionally credit her advisor, Sam Laingen, and the professor she is doing analysis with, Gary Bulla.
“Whereas it’s a smaller college, it has unbelievable alternatives for its pre-med and its science majors,” Sipes mentioned. “I’m right here due to Sam Laingen, who’s my pre-health professions advisor. She is completely unbelievable. And once I first visited Jap once I was a senior in highschool, I talked to Sam and I shared my objective together with her of changing into a health care provider. And she or he sat down with me she helped me provide you with a plan of tips on how to obtain that objective. And she or he’s been supportive all over. So, I can’t converse extremely sufficient of the assist of the organic sciences division and the folks in it as a result of they’ve simply been completely wonderful.”
Over the summer time, Sipes had the chance to go to Arizona and work in an oncology unit at a hospital. That have confirmed Sipes how her expertise as a Spanish speaker are important to the healthcare system.
“There are such a lot of folks that I’ve seen at Sarah Bush Lincoln Well being Middle and even down in Arizona on the oncology clinic, who simply converse Spanish and it’s a problem for them as a result of quite a lot of medical doctors solely converse English, particularly right here in a rural neighborhood in Illinois,” Sipes mentioned. “So, I feel it’s actually vital to have the ability to perceive not solely the language but in addition the tradition of these sufferers, to have the ability to join with them on a deeper stage, to construct that belief in order that they belief you as their doctor and that you may present the most effective care doable to them.”
After that have, Sipes not solely realized rather a lot about being a health care provider, however she realized about herself and the kind of physician she is pondering of changing into.
In an effort to be a health care provider, college students normally main in a science area, like biology or chemistry, take the proper pre-medicine sequence earlier than taking the Medical School Admission Take a look at (MCAT). After taking the MCAT, college students should apply to medical college, undergo 4 years of that education earlier than making use of to a residency program within the pupil’s desired specialty, or profession inside drugs.
Sipes wish to do her residency in emergency drugs or aerospace drugs, as of proper now. These with a profession in aerospace drugs assist pilots and astronauts keep wholesome and protected within the surroundings that they’re in.
In an effort to be an astronaut, anybody who has a background in science, like Sipes, can apply when NASA opens its functions.
Sipes additionally likes watching motion pictures about area and the depths of the ocean. She thinks that they’re making good efforts to make these motion pictures as correct as doable.
“I feel proper now they’re making actually huge efforts to make them as correct as doable which is superior” Sipes mentioned. “I do know Mike Massimino, he was a former NASA astronaut, and he was on the board for the brand new Netflix collection that got here out a pair years in the past referred to as Away about going to Mars and so he helped attempt to make that present as sensible as doable from an astronautics standpoint, so I feel that’s actually superior.”
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