Changing Health Care

Scholarship Entrant: Suriya from St. Louis, MO
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Suriya: 1

Growing up I always said I knew exactly what I wanted to be, a Pediatric Cardiologist; until about a year ago I could say this to be true. It was not until I witnessed and realized the full extent of the corruption of the health care system in the small towns in Tamilnadu, India, that I had ever even considered moving back. There, opportunities are not presented based on merit, but rather social and economic standings. The rich can afford to buy their seat in Medical School, and the government is currently implementing a variety of programs to help the poor. So as of now, the people with an almost guaranteed spot in pursuing medicine are the very rich and the very poor. I am all for abolishing the weight social standings still have in society in India, but sadly it has gotten to the point where many become physicians, not for the passion, but for the wealth and status. The worst part is that few actually have the educational merit required. In the future I would still like to pursue Cardiology for some time in the United States, but eventually I would like to practice medicine in run-down parts of Tamilnadu where I would hopefully be able to teach as well. I know the system is in a constant cycle of turmoil and that I may not be able to change much but it is what I would love to do most in this world.

Vote for Suriya: 1

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