My Journey to Osteopathic Medicine
My journey to choose Osteopathic medicine as my profession has been one that has spanned time from my early childhood to this date. My initial exposure came to me in the form of a yearning and interest in the natural sciences and hence, since my early youth, I have always been interested in biology and chemistry. As the years progressed, that initial interest developed into a deeper desire to understand the scientific disciplines that encompass the medial sciences. While in high school, I studied the sciences, refining my interests in the core subjects and exploring where those interests led me. As time progressed, I narrowed my field of interest to medicine and by the time I finished high school, with a strong science background, I had a fair knowledge of what it was that I would focus studying on in University. As a young university student, I undertook the curriculums of biology, chemistry, anatomy, psychology, and physics, and worked in private hospital for 38 hours a week as a hospital orderly and doctor’s assistant. Working as such in the 1970’s meant having full responsibility across all departments of the hospital: emergency medicine, psychiatry, the morgue, supporting surgery, and working on the regular wards. My exposure to medicine at the hands-on hospital level was a baptism by fire, and as a result, of the training and exposure, I became even more committed to my pursuit. I refined my desire to become a doctor, realizing the full scope of how various disciplines of medicine were practiced. AS a result I became less interested in invasive forms of medicine and more interested in non-invasive form of medical practice. Moreover, my University academic professors and mentors encouraged me to explore natural non-invasive medicine, and disciplines like homeopathy. This led to my interest in the Osteopathic and Chiropractic professions. As a result I was more and more open to embarking on a career as an Osteopath or Chiropractor.
Upon graduation from the University (pre-med) with a Bachelor of Science, and a very strong understanding of and exposure to the medical field, I applied for entry into medical school. While I was accepted into three medical schools, however, without funds (the possibilities for student loans were practically non-existent in 1980) my dream had to be put on hold. To compensate I secured work and entered the military with the promise to myself that one day I would pick up my medical studies and maybe, perhaps, if providence so deemed it, become a doctor and practice medicine. That was 1980.
Fast forward to 2016 and recognize that, during the ensuing years after 1980, I never once forgot my love for medicine and the reasons why I wanted to be a doctor. My reasons stem from my love for my fellow human being and that drives my desire to serve. Since 1980 I have lived a life of service, one where I have dedicated myself to make the life of my fellow human being a better one. You see, to me, the highest calling is one where I serve my creator, and second, service to my fellow man. I carry that ethic and ethos with me and it guides me in all that I do. My pursuit to practice medicine is an excellent example of same. In my humble opinion, medicine, and in particular Osteopathy, is the vocation, the profession, where I am able to fulfill that desire to be of service to others.
My interest continues to be drawn to the dualistic nature of science and medicine and that has helped to keep me focused and educate me as to the nature of the human being. For me I have found that the human body and mind is wonderfully made and the application of science and practice of medicine a very useful tool in the combat against disease and illness. Layered on top of that is my belief that homeopathic and holistic practices which are non-invasive by nature are of great importance and useful in the practice of medicine. That’s why the practice of Osteopathy is foremost, in my mind, as being of importance in the medical field. Through Osteopathy the awe inspiring human body can be assisted to regain and realize its true intent. I am humbled to think that through the practice of Osteopathic medicine I can help fellow humans to lead a better, fulfilling, productive and constructive life.
For me, now, the challenge is moving past the what and the why and on to the how. Learning the theory, techniques and application thereof has been very interesting and challenging. I am deeply grateful for the learning opportunity that has come to me through the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMSS), the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO), and the vision and determination of Dr. Shahin Pourgol, its founder, in developing an institution of higher learning that is accessible to all. As I complete my Osteopathic training I understand that the practice of medicine is lifelong pursuit, where one is always learning, studying and perfecting one’s practice. I realize that graduating with my Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree this is not the end but rather the beginning of lifetime of purpose, productivity, and service that requires the pursuit of additional training and knowledge that leads to a deeper understanding and wisdom of the practice of Osteopathic medicine. I goal is to never stop learning, to utilize that learning to help others through my Osteopathic practice, and to always export my knowledge to those that desire to learn and carry on the Osteopathic tradition and profession long after I am departed from the physical plane of existence. Stay tuned to my blog, I hope to encompass milestones and goals along my never ending journey through medicine, life and the pursuit of Osteopathic medicine. End.