Greetings World! I suppose I should start with a quick introduction of the purpose of this blog. The idea behind it is to provide insight as to how my life has been in regards to assimilating the Indian culture with the American one (hence the title). Needless to say, it was difficult for me growing up as a child trying to embrace the best of both worlds. Therefore, with each post I’m aiming to provide a small understanding of my life happenings and how I arrived at where I am today. More importantly, my goal is to establish a connection with my readers in hopes of showing how relevant and important the idea of Cultural Competence is in today’s society.
Now, moving on to a new order of business–this past week was very exciting! I was offered a position as a research assistant and could not be more thrilled to begin my work with an amazing primary investigator and former professor! My journey to becoming a physician has been an emotional roller coaster and finally, for the first time in a long time, everything seems to be falling into place.
To be honest, I have always said I wanted to be a physician, but I wasn’t actually certain until my senior year of college (a story I will save for another time). However, aside from my personal revelation, it would be remiss if I did not mention my older sister (who is also my best friend :). It has been our dream to open our own practice together as future physicians and now that she is in her second year of medical school, our dream is half-way complete! Now, it’s my job to ensure the other half (aka me) makes it!
Which brings me to my next point–addressing the stereotype that all Indians are doctors. When I’m having the conversation of why I chose to go into the medical field, I’m always posed the question, “Why are all Indian people doctors?” This is in fact, false. However, I will admit that there does seem to be a large correlation between Indians and healthcare. To be honest, I’m not sure why. I can only speculate based on my family (it should go without say that in no way are my views representative of the entire Indian population). That being said, my family has always had a profound emphasis on the values of respect and integrity. In our minds, the profession of medicine is one of the most highly respected careers that cannot be achieved without hard work, honesty, and service to others; a career in which you have the ability to save a life.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t other careers in which you can have the same sense of fulfillment, but for me, this truly was my calling. Regardless of my family’s cultural views, I can honestly say that my parents have always encouraged me to follow my dreams. And so, as I embark on a new journey and with the beginning of a new school year, it seems only appropriate to leave you with one of my favorite quotes (you’ll learn that I love quotes):
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau