Calvin Park.

Yale School of Medicine - New Haven, CT

Project Description

Annual Fund for Career Readiness Recipient

“These experiences cannot be obtained by simply reading recent scientific publications and consulting career counselors. Rather, to see the scientific reasoning behind studies and to participate in the collaborative work of post-doctoral research associates and medical doctors encompass an exceptional opportunity that has given me far more insight into the world of medicine and science.”

I described my internship experience last summer in the same laboratory as reminiscent of Yogi Berra’s “You can observe a lot by just watching” philosophy. While the studies to which I was contributing this summer were more methodical in nature, with a clear set of hypotheses and a pre-proposed research plan, the stem cell techniques that I learned reflected Yogi Berra’s philosophy as well; by simply watching the nature of stem cell division and differentiation under a microscope, I was able to modify published protocols on stem cell passage to optimize cell growth. , I derive most of my satisfaction from making scientific discoveries and seeing the fruit of my work in helping others, and having learned how fast the field of MS research is advancing, I reminded myself to stay open minded and keep a career in medicine as an option. After all, I am only a rising junior and will continue to explore options that both meet my career goals and bring personal happiness as I gain more working experience and build leadership skills.

Project Details

  • Date September 17, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Healthcare, Unrestricted, USA

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