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OPHTHALMOLOGY RESIDENT: Children In Cambodia Inspired Her To Become A Doctor

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Heidi talks about her training to become an eye doctor. She first got interested while traveling after high school and observing surgeries on children in Cambodia. Go with your gut feeling and what feels right.

Degree: Religion/Religious Studies
Job Title: Ophthalmology Resident
Employer: Mayo Clinic

Job Summary: Physicians and Surgeons

Job Description

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

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Fellowship/residency

Additional Info

All physicians and surgeons must pass a standardized national licensure examination. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$70,000 - $400,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Military, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills

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m='18500'>I</span> <span m='18570'>went</span> <span m='18750'>to</span> <span m='18890'>Cambodia</span> <span m='19998'>and</span> <span m='20446'>saw</span> <span m='20894'>some</span> <span m='22690'>squint</span> <span m='22910'>surgeries.</span> <span m='23390'>It's when</span> <span m='23763'>one eye is</span> <span m='24136'>point one</span> <span m='24510'>way</span> <span m='24775'>and the other is</span> <span m='25040'>pointing</span> <span m='25340'>another</span> <span m='25772'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='27068'>And the</span> <span m='27500'>doctors</span> <span m='28010'>there</span> <span m='28200'>were</span> <span m='28330'>straightening</span> <span m='28740'>the</span> <span m='28910'>eyes</span> <span m='29090'>on</span> <span m='29210'>these</span> <span m='29460'>little</span> <span m='29790'>kids.</span> <span m='30286'>So I</span> <span m='30782'>saw that</span> <span m='31280'>surgery,</span> <span m='31540'>and I was</span> <span m='32040'>like,</span> <span m='32229'>that's</span> <span m='32509'>what I</span> <span m='33002'>want to do</span> <span m='33495'>with my life.</span> <span m='33988'>So,</span> <span m='34974'>I'm</span> <span m='35470'>now</span> <span m='35950'>in</span> <span m='36170'>training</span> <span m='36550'>to be an</span> <span m='36930'>ophthalmologist.</span> <span m='38388'>After</span> <span m='38874'>medical</span> <span m='39360'>school,</span> <span m='39846'>you</span> <span m='40332'>go</span> <span m='40818'>through</span> <span m='41304'>residency,</span> <span m='41790'>and</span> <span m='42276'>then</span> <span m='42762'>you</span> <span m='43248'>become an</span> <span m='43734'>eye</span> <span m='44220'>doctor.</span> <span m='45200'>So,</span> <span m='45440'>on</span> <span m='45690'>a</span> <span m='45750'>typical</span> <span m='46190'>day,</span> <span m='46550'>it</span> <span m='46960'>depends</span> <span m='47290'>on</span> <span m='47370'>whether</span> <span m='47740'>I'm</span> <span m='48180'>working</span> <span m='48470'>in</span> <span m='48570'>a</span> <span m='48650'>clinic</span> <span m='49010'>or</span> <span m='49250'>if I'm</span> <span m='49350'>working</span> <span m='49670'>in</span> <span m='49780'>surgery.</span> </p><p><span m='51220'>Surgery,</span> <span m='51770'>usually</span> <span m='53270'>we</span> <span m='53630'>have</span> <span m='54130'>maybe</span> <span m='55330'>eight</span> <span m='55590'>to</span> <span m='55710'>10</span> <span m='56010'>cases</span> <span m='56470'>lined</span> <span m='56760'>up of</span> <span m='57100'>cataract</span> <span m='57650'>surgery</span> <span m='57910'>and</span> <span m='59390'>take</span> <span m='59640'>out</span> <span m='60010'>people's</span> <span m='60150'>cataracts.</span> <span m='61070'>And</span> <span m='62110'>then</span> <span m='62340'>after</span> <span m='62630'>that,</span> <span m='62890'>you</span> <span m='62950'>might</span> <span m='63260'>see</span> <span m='63420'>them</span> <span m='63750'>just</span> <span m='64235'>to make</span> <span m='64720'>sure</span> <span m='65040'>that they're</span> <span m='65360'>doing OK.</span> <span m='65900'>And</span> <span m='66050'>on a</span> <span m='66210'>clinic</span> <span m='66710'>day,</span> <span m='67270'>that</span> <span m='67560'>can</span> <span m='68530'>pretty</span> <span m='68780'>much</span> <span m='69020'>be</span> <span m='69780'>depending</span> <span m='70190'>on</span> <span m='70380'>who</span> <span m='70540'>comes</span> <span m='70860'>in,</span> <span m='71170'>or</span> <span m='71340'>what</span> <span m='71480'>people</span> <span m='71910'>need,</span> <span m='72400'>or who people are</span> <span m='72830'>scheduled.</span> <span m='73790'>And</span> <span m='74212'>you see</span> <span m='74634'>people for</span> <span m='75056'>their</span> <span m='75480'>medical</span> <span m='75960'>complaints.</span> </p><p><span m='77213'>You treat</span> <span m='77686'>them with eye</span> <span m='78160'>drops,</span> <span m='78840'>medicine,</span> <span m='79620'>or</span> <span m='79965'>you find</span> <span m='80310'>that they</span> <span m='80510'>need</span> <span m='80610'>surgery</span> <span m='81455'>then</span> <span m='81810'>you schedule</span> <span m='82212'>them for</span> <span m='82614'>surgery.</span> <span m='83820'>To</span> <span m='83980'>get</span> <span m='84190'>to</span> <span m='84280'>the</span> <span m='84390'>point</span> <span m='84640'>where</span> <span m='84920'>I'm at</span> <span m='85200'>now,</span> <span m='86880'>I</span> <span m='87250'>went</span> <span m='87530'>through</span> <span m='87660'>college,</span> <span m='88670'>at</span> <span m='88840'>which</span> <span m='89110'>time</span> <span m='89530'>I</span> <span m='90020'>was</span> <span m='90270'>a</span> <span m='90525'>pre med.</span> <span m='91730'>So,</span> <span m='91910'>I did</span> <span m='92130'>all</span> <span m='92380'>of</span> <span m='92490'>the</span> <span m='92820'>pre med</span> <span m='93100'>classes</span> <span m='94090'>as</span> <span m='94240'>well</span> <span m='94440'>as</span> <span m='94550'>other</span> <span m='94830'>stuff,</span> <span m='95870'>and</span> <span m='96080'>then</span> <span m='96560'>passed</span> <span m='96980'>my</span> <span m='97130'>exams</span> <span m='97810'>and</span> <span m='98232'>got into</span> <span m='98654'>medical school.</span> </p><p><span m='99500'>And</span> <span m='99920'>in</span> <span m='100060'>medical school, you learn</span> <span m='100420'>pretty</span> <span m='100590'>much</span> <span m='100820'>everything.</span> <span m='101793'>And</span> <span m='102216'>after</span> <span m='102639'>medical</span> <span m='103062'>school,</span> <span m='103485'>you</span> <span m='103910'>apply</span> <span m='104175'>to residency.</span> <span m='105035'>And it's</span> <span m='105450'>in</span> <span m='106090'>residency</span> <span m='106770'>that</span> <span m='106950'>you</span> <span m='107080'>learn</span> <span m='107620'>more</span> <span m='107930'>specifically</span> <span m='108780'>about</span> <span m='109360'>ophthalmology</span> <span m='110890'>and</span> <span m='111440'>what</span> <span m='111580'>it</span> <span m='111680'>means</span> <span m='112020'>to</span> <span m='112070'>be</span> <span m='112210'>an</span> <span m='112330'>eye</span> <span m='112440'>doctor.</span> <span m='113760'>So, I</span> <span m='113850'>think</span> <span m='114100'>when</span> <span m='114250'>you're</span> <span m='114710'>choosing</span> <span m='115150'>what</span> <span m='115330'>you</span> <span m='115420'>want</span> <span m='115590'>to</span> <span m='115710'>do</span> <span m='116080'>in</span> <span m='116450'>life,</span> <span m='118080'>you</span> <span m='118230'>always</span> <span m='119250'>have</span> <span m='119400'>a gut</span> <span m='119660'>feeling,</span> <span m='120220'>and</span> <span m='120300'>then</span> <span m='120420'>you</span> <span m='120500'>have</span> <span m='121650'>things</span> <span m='121960'>that</span> <span m='122080'>other</span> <span m='122260'>people</span> <span m='122700'>would say,</span> <span m='123120'>oh,</span> <span m='123450'>you'd</span> <span m='123725'>be really,</span> <span m='124000'>really good at</span> <span m='124380'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='125330'>When</span> <span m='125500'>I</span> <span m='125580'>first</span> <span m='125910'>met</span> <span m='126070'>my</span> <span m='126180'>first</span> <span m='126670'>ophthalmologist</span> <span m='127390'>when</span> <span m='127550'>I</span> <span m='127670'>was</span> <span m='128039'>16</span> <span m='129300'>and</span> <span m='129949'>learned</span> <span m='130410'>a</span> <span m='130479'>little</span> <span m='130759'>bit</span> <span m='130949'>more</span> <span m='131190'>about</span> <span m='131870'>what</span> <span m='132180'>he</span> <span m='132360'>was</span> <span m='132610'>doing,</span> <span m='133350'>I</span> <span m='134075'>hooked onto</span> <span m='134550'>that.</span> <span m='135480'>And</span> <span m='137060'>even</span> <span m='137270'>though</span> <span m='137350'>I</span> <span m='137460'>didn't</span> <span m='137720'>know</span> <span m='137850'>much</span> <span m='138060'>about</span> <span m='138270'>the</span> <span m='138420'>field,</span> <span m='138820'>and</span> <span m='139760'>what</span> <span m='139940'>I</span> <span m='140100'>thought</span> <span m='140360'>I</span> <span m='140450'>knew</span> <span m='140640'>is</span> <span m='140900'>very</span> <span m='141170'>different</span> <span m='141670'>from</span> <span m='142380'>what</span> <span m='142700'>I'm</span> <span m='142840'>doing</span> <span m='143210'>now,</span> <span m='143915'>I</span> <span m='144190'>just</span> <span m='144370'>went</span> <span m='144650'>with that</span> <span m='144820'>guy</span> <span m='145040'>feeling,</span> <span m='145500'>and</span> <span m='146020'>I've</span> <span m='146470'>been very</span> <span m='146920'>happy with</span> <span m='147370'>it.</span> <span m='148720'>So,</span> <span m='149040'>there's</span> <span m='149670'>lots and</span> <span m='150020'>lots of</span> <span m='150720'>room</span> <span m='150980'>within</span> <span m='151160'>life to</span> <span m='151310'>do</span> <span m='151805'>and experience</span> <span m='152300'>lots of</span> <span m='152795'>things.</span> <span m='154280'>Just</span> <span m='154775'>go</span> <span m='155270'>with</span> <span m='155520'>what</span> <span m='156420'>you</span> <span m='156720'>feel</span> <span m='157020'>is right.</span> </p>","file":{"id":227213,"video_id":"2707844333001","name":"64524339","duration":158378,"thumbnail_url":null}});