Spotlight: Christine Park

DSC_9307Name: Christine Park
Major: Biology
HCMP Role: Tech Coordinator
Classification: Junior
Other Associations: Lifeway Community

Describe a shadowing experience that has impacted you the most.
During one of the pediatric rounds, I was able to witness a 6-year old girl who was hospitalized for anorexia that has been going on for a few months. After running physical examinations- which turned out normal- the doctors began to discuss the influence of her social environment. Factors like having no friends and instability in the home were severely harming her mentally and physically. As I gazed at her extremely thin limbs and her sad brown eyes, I was heartbroken and frustrated by the fact that although medicine could treat her temporarily, there were no simple cure that could take away the real pain in her life. Through this experience, I realized how complex one’s health really is and gave me a broader prospective on medicine.

How has HCMP benefited your professional or individual goals?
In addition to affirming my desire to go into medicine, HCMP has also taught me to be more initiative. From interacting with new doctors each week to talking in front of classes, I was exposed to many opportunities where I needed to be vocal and outgoing. Through these experiences, I was able to develop more confidence and improve my communication skills.

What has been your favorite aspect of HCMP?
My favorite part of HCMP is that each member has a vital role in the organization and has the ability to envision and shape the program through his/her involvement.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I am a huge lover of music. I love to play the guitar, keyboard and sing! I also enjoy blogging in my free time.