Name: Cory Smith
Major: Human Biology
HCMP Role: Preceptor Coordinator
Associations: Volunteer at University Medical Center Brackenridge and the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic; Member of Texas Hammocking
Describe a shadowing experience that has impacted you the most.
One shadowing experience which had a great deal of impact on me was shadowing Dr. George, a Pediatric Neurosurgeon in Austin, TX. Dr. George spent time with me one-on-one to discuss my goals in medicine (something many other physicians did not have the time to do). During our discussion, I listened to Dr. George’s perspective on the equality in his healthcare team and the importance of each member. I directly observed his respect for his coworkers be reflected back to him while he worked in the OR. This mutual respect bred cooperation which in-turn improved the health outcome of the patient. That day, I learned more about myself as an aspiring physician by seeing the importance of respect and cooperation within a health care team. In addition, through our lengthy discussion, I was able to paint a more accurate picture of the role of a physician in healthcare.
How has HCMP benefited your professional or individual goals?
HCMP has helped me develop a level of introspection and self improvement which I lacked prior to joining. By structuring our meeting in a way to promote reflection, as well as maintaining an environment where I felt comfortable exploring my experiences, I was able to more accurately hone in on my aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses. This has helped me tremendously while preparing for interviews because I now am able to articulate exactly why I am pursuing a career as a physician.
What has been your favorite aspect of HCMP?
My favorite aspect of HCMP is the friendships developed between members. Catalyzed by abundant social events and its relatively small size, members of HCMP are able to get to know each other very well. I have found a set of friends who are exceedingly motivated and intelligent, and who act as positive reinforcement to my own goals. This organization has provided me with friends and mentors both, and has fostered my development as a student, physician, and as a well-rounded person.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy watching TV shows and movies (especially documentaries), playing guitar, hiking, hammocking, and catching up on sleep.