I am a 32 year old, married, non-trad, who recently had a baby. I have a BA in psych (3.3 gpa… not great, I know), an MsPH (3.9 gpa), and a recently completed DIY post bacc (3.8 gpa). I have held a full time position as a clinical research coordinator at an STD clinic within a research university, while also going to school full-time throughout my masters degree and the post bacc. I have not taken the MCAT as yet, but plan to at the end of the year and have just begun preparing for it.
I have always wanted to be a physician but, quite frankly, always thought I was not smart or disciplined enough to do it. This thinking changed after completing my degrees and working full time, it made me come to the realization that I do indeed have the discipline (jury still out on being smart enough LOL). So, I decided to march forward on this journey, and intend to apply during the 2021 cycle (provided I obtain a decent MCAT score).
The question I have is this…
Nine weeks ago I gave birth to my son via C-section and we are both healthy and happy. However, I had a VERY negative experience during labor with my ObGyn. Long story short, even though I preferred to deliver vaginally and baby was NOT in distress by any means, I was pressured into having a c-section by my doctor who found I was taking too long to dilate. This was my first kid, I was laboring for about 14 hours, and was 6 cm dilated when my ObGyn very forcefully suggested I have the C… I caved and did it. Afterwards, I thought to myself would this guy (ObGyn) have acted the way he did if I was not a minority? Would he have had more consideration if I was white? I really felt this dude was not patient centered AT ALL.
The fact that I even thought that this was probably discrimination fueled my desire to be a physician even more. I sit here and think to myself “Me becoming a doctor can add just a little more diversity to the field. If me becoming a doctor could lessen incidents like the one I had by even just a fraction… it would be worth it.”
I know it is super early to be thinking about this as I have not taken the MCAT as yet. BUT, even though this experience served as major encouragement for me to pursue medicine, I don’t know if talking about it in my personal statement might hurt my chances of being accepted to a med school… So, should I talk about it?