Giovanni Scarpata

Giovanni Scarpata

Name: Giovanni Scarpata
Medical Title/Credentials: Veterinarian
School/Program: Department of Medicine Veterinary - University of Bari, Italy
Favorite Hobby: Beatmaking, Sport fishing, DIY and everything that can stimulate my creativity
Why did you choose this profession? Actually, I've never chosen this profession, it's a strange thing to say but that's the way it is. It is something that has accompanied me from my earliest childhood memories, as if it were spontaneous or already written. In my family no one has ever forced me into this choice or tried to direct me to other professions, they respected my attitude and let everything go as it should go. It is clear that over the years I have always asked myself questions about my future but this is part of the game!
Biggest Inspiration: I've never had a real mentor to follow. I like to acquire information from as many people as possible, always looking for opposing visions to have different stimuli.
I like to empathize with my mind in their experiences, as if I were experiencing those things in the first person, this helps me a lot to memorize them.
Current Passion Project: I am currently in the first year (of 3) of Specialization Course in Infectious diseases, Prophylaxis and Veterinary Police (in University of Bari) to broaden my knowledge on this branch of veterinary medicine and subsequently give my support to combat infectious phenomena in my country. I am also trying to carry out other personal projects such as opening B & Bs to welcome tourists in my beautiful city ( Scicli, Sicily island - Italy ) and to expand our family alpaca farm, the first in all of Southern Italy, which we bring forward with love since 2003. Visit us on @sicilpaca_allevamento
Fun Fact: Tabasco sauce on everything!
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Veterinary medicine is a profession that in my opinion is greatly belittled compared to human medicine. The good and bad about this profession is that it is immense, you can create your own job and at the same time, if you are not careful, you can get lost in a glass of water. Try never to break down and choose your small size, you can't do everything, you know and respect your limits for your well-being and that of your patients. Instead, try to bridge your limits by creating a team that deals with different branches, so as to make everything easier and less frustrating. We have the most beautiful profession in the world but we don't realize it! :)  
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?
I base my life on two principles, one of which is an aphorism of Baden Powell, founder of the scouts. "Leave a place a little better than how you found it". Apply it in any context of your life, from your messy bedroom to the places you will frequent in the world, always leave an improvement, even if sometimes it will be at your financial, physical or mental expense. We need to grow and to do so it is right that those before us leave something fertile to build on. 
October 03, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Daniel Trinh

Daniel Trinh

Name: Daniel Trin
Medical Title/Credentials: Osteopathic Medical Student, Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow - OMM/NMM
IG: @danieltrinh3
School/Program: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest
Favorite Hobby: Sports and photography
Why did you choose this profession? I gained a lot of inspiration from a TED talk given by Dr. Abraham Verghese about the importance of human touch and the human ability to observe. He told the story of Joseph Bell discerning a vast amount of information about a patient based off of pure observation and logic, therefore inspiring the creation of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As an aspiring osteopathic physician, Dr. Verghese’s talk reminds me of the significance of the human ability to touch and observe.
Biggest Inspiration: My parents. They’ve done more than I can describe in words. Their sacrifices have given me the opportunities that I have today.
Current Passion Project: Started and maintaining an annual college scholarship fund for local high schoolers!  
Fun Fact: In my free time, I’m a photographer and a personal trainer! Time is obviously limited in school, but fitness and photography are certainly two passions I try to maintain.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Take your time. Go explore what you like, but also be honest to yourself about what you don’t like. I’ve seen so many pre-medical students try to rush into medical school thinking gap years are a waste of time. I personally loved my gap year in the sense that I got to explore hobbies that I was passionate about, but knew I would never get the opportunity to do again. I honestly would not have been upset if I had to take more.
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” - Kobe Bryant
October 03, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Kate O'Brien

Kate O'Brien

Name: Kate O’Brien

Medical Title/Credentials: Registered Practical Nurse

IG: @katethenurse

School/Program: RPN Bridge to BScN

Favorite Hobby: Going to the gym, walking my dogs, tennis, snowboarding and swimming

Why did you choose this profession? I have always found science and learning about what our bodies can do very interesting, and I enjoy promoting/teaching and helping people be the healthiest they can be! 

Biggest Inspiration: All women because we don’t get enough credit! 

Current Passion Project: Just working on eating healthier and working out consistently

Fun Fact: I have a black belt in karate 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? It can be difficult at times and you may question why you started in this field, but just try to remember the main reason and motivation behind you wanting to be in this field. Nursing has a wide variety of options and specialties you will find one you enjoy eventually :) 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? “A bad day is still a luxury” - Libby Christensen

June 13, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Shiza Tanveer

Shiza Tanveer

Name: Shiza Tanveer

Medical Title/Credentials: PA-S1

IG: @scrubsandshiz

School/Program: CUNY School of Medicine

Favorite Hobby: traveling, reading, trying new restaurants

Why did you choose this profession? For me, being a PA was an easy decision because I absolutely loved that I would be able to treat patients in 2 short years, change specialties at any time, and still have great work-life balance to be able to travel and focus on other hobbies outside of work while still making a difference in my patients’ lives!

Biggest Inspiration: My parents — they are first generation immigrants and have always shown me the importance of hard work, dedication, and pushing me to do anything I wanted to do. I remember attending doctor’s visits with my parents as a child and feeling the barrier between them and their providers, often due to language, which is a huge reason why I wanted to work in medicine and focus my career on working in underserved communities where I can make the most impact.

Current Passion Project: When I’m not studying for exams, I spend most of my time creating content and finding resources to help other pre-PA students (especially minorities) get into PA school on my Instagram and Tiktok (@scrubsandshiz).

Fun Fact: I can speak 5 languages — English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish (currently learning Bangla!)

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? If you have a low gpa like I did, it is still possible to get into PA school by focusing on other parts of your application to become competitive. I focused on getting tons of PCE hours and took 3 gap years to do so and don’t regret it one bit!

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Do not let imposter syndrome stop you from achieving your goals! Whether you’re a pre-PA thinking you aren’t good enough to apply or an incoming student thinking you aren’t smart enough to make it through — trust me if I can do it as an average student, so can you!! It’s all about hard work and dedication, don’t listen to that negative inner voice!

June 01, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Caleb White

Caleb White

Name: Dr. Caleb White

Medical Title/Credentials: PGY-1 Podiatry Resident

IG: @calebwhite5

School/Program: Kendall Regional Hospital

Favorite Hobby: I am a big movie guy... I absolutely love going to the movies to catch whatever is being released on the big screen.

Why did you choose this profession? I chose this profession during my third year of college. I always knew I wanted to join the medical field and working in the ER throughout college really gave me the drive to help achieve that goal. For the longest time, I believed I wanted to go into emergency medicine, but after shadowing all of the different departments the hospital had to offer I began to quickly fall in love with podiatry. After much debate and pondering, I decided podiatry was the right field I wanted to pursue as it met the needs of what I truly wanted most in medicine. In the spring of 2022, I had the privilege of matching at a podiatric residency that specializes in trauma so I get to have a taste in both of the specialties I love!

Biggest Inspiration: My wife and parents helped pave the way for me to pursue my dream career and are such an inspiration to me!

Current Passion Project: Teaching those fresh into medicine the appropriate steps and guidance on what it's like to pursue your career in healthcare. Our future lies in our next generation and teaching and mentoring those who are trying to learn and grow in their knowledge will only help the future of healthcare! I love to help educate and make sure individuals who were in the same shoes as I perform even better than when I was in their position.

Fun Fact: Every chance I have to play the Chainsmokers in the OR I get to. Favorite musical artist without a doubt.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Always ask. This career will leave you with so many questions that are hard to answer alone. Make sure to ask those who have been in your shoes for the best advice whether that be with clinical skills or with studying habits- never be afraid to ask and to learn.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? If you take the path to medical school make sure you rely heavily on what brings you peace and comfort during stressful situations. Whether that be religion (that's what I relied on), friends, hobbies, or certain environments make sure to not let the stress of the profession take away what truly matters to you and what you rely on to help keep you going.

June 01, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Andy Nguyen

Andy Nguyen

Name: Andy Nguyen

Medical Title/Credentials: MS-3 (3rd Year Medical Student

IG: @andy_nguyen9

School/Program: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Favorite Hobby: Photography and Videography

Why did you choose this profession? Couldn't see myself doing anything else! I was exposed early on to patient care and being able to hear the stories of struggle and triumph through clinical research at 16 and from then on knew medicine was exactly where I wanted to be. It is the only field that allows you to not just share in people's most intimately human moments, but provide them a source of encouragement and hope in a time when they may need it the most.

Biggest Inspiration: Medically it has to be my earliest mentor Dr. Wilde, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor who knew me since I was 5 and who showed me exactly what it meant to care confidently in any situation. Creatively my biggest inspirations are Casey Neistat, Danny Gevirtz, and Kobe Bryant, for making the every day ordinary seem like incredible adventures.

Current Passion Project: Being a part of a huge community of medical creators on YouTube through my channel ND MD. With over 100k subscribers, it has grown immensely since I started medical school and allows me to use my professional creative background in photography and cinematography to tell the incredibly inspiring stories of physicians, residents, and fellow students from all around the country and world. It has been such an unexpected blessing to reach so many students who may want to be a physician or healthcare professional one day in such a unique and authentic way.

Fun Fact: Because I went to medical school through a 7 year accelerated BS/MD track, I started medical school before I could legally drink and I had my white coat ceremony before my undergraduate commencement.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Don't lose sight of why you do it. This road is long but trust me patients teach you more about medicine and how to love everyone exactly where they are in that moment, than any textbook or lecture ever could.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Some of the best things you can do to heal, comfort, or provide for someone, do not require a medical degree.

June 01, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Annabelle Bowman

Annabelle Bowman

Name: Annabelle Bowman

Medical Title/Credentials: Oncology CNA 

IG: @annabellegbowman

Favorite Hobby: Trying new foods

Why did you choose this profession?: I always loved help others around me and making them feel better so I decided to go into healthcare to be an advocate to those who need the support. I am a patient myself as I battle every day with an invisible disability and I want to be a voice to those in my community and know I am advocating for them! 

Biggest Inspiration: My family. They always support me and my dreams, pushing me to do what I love and always tell me that I can do it!

Current Passion Project: incorporating medicine/health with cosmetology 

Fun Fact: I am a twin! 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?: Don't let anyone tell how you can't do something; you are capable of doing anything! Do what makes YOU happy 

May 18, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Christian Capobianco

Christian Capobianco

Name: Christian Capobianco

Medical Title/Credentials: Veterinary Student

IG: @christianthevetstudent 

School/Program: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Favorite Hobby: Volleyball, Hiking, and Scuba Diving

Why did you choose this profession?

Like most people in this field, I always had a love for animals and knew from an early age that I wanted to be an "animal doctor"; however, it wasn't until a family vacation to Walt Disney World that I discovered my true career goal. We went to Disney's Animal Kingdom as a family and were able to watch the veterinarians perform an examination on a lion in their on-show veterinary window. I remember being completely awestruck seeing a doctor that works with exotic animals! From then on, I've wanted to be a veterinarian working in zoological medicine and my path has never wavered.

Through some amazing circumstances, for the past four years, I've been working at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Animals, Science, and Environment Department as a conservation educator. I get to empower hundreds of guests per day to take an active role in conserving natural resources and protecting threatened species. I hope that in this role, I've been able to inspire the next generation of conservationists just as I was inspired so many years prior! 

 

Biggest Inspiration:

My family has been my biggest inspiration throughout my life. They've made incredible sacrifices for me and continue to be an unparallelled support system. I've also had some incredible mentors throughout each stage of my veterinary journey thus far. There are far too many to name, but they know who they are and they know the immense impact that they've had on me! 

 

Current Passion Project: I'm passionate about exploring the relationship between veterinary medicine, conservation education, and research to do my part in educating the public and saving species. I truly believe that proper communication and education within veterinary medicine is the key to success. I enjoy guiding others in developing their interpretation techniques so that they can convey a strong message and ensure understanding within their audience. 

 

Fun Fact: I'm an avid traveler and will take any excuse to go explore the world! In fact, I just got back from a field research trip to the Galapagos Islands where I completed health assessments on some native species.

 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? 

Try not to compare yourself to others! I know it can be tough given the grueling requirements for veterinary school admission, but remember that everyone brings something unique and wonderful to the table. If you truly love this field and are doing your best, you'll get to where you want to be. It is almost never going to be the path that you envisioned, but embrace the uncertainty and enjoy the ride! 

 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?

I always tell prospective veterinary students that the most important thing is to be kind to yourself. Make time for activities outside of veterinary medicine and develop a healthy work-life balance early on. You cannot give your patients, clients, or studies your best effort if you are not at your best. Take care of yourself above anything else! 

May 18, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Bahar Jalalian

Bahar Jalalian

Name: Bahar Jalalian

Medical Title/Credentials: Dentist/ DMD 

IG: @doctor.bahar.dmd

Favorite Hobby: Weightlifting 

Why did you choose this profession?: I was always bullied as a kid and one comment from a bully that stuck with me most was, “You know, at least you have a pretty smile.” As hurtful as this comment was, it also made me realize how universal a smile and its beauty can be. Smiles don’t discriminate; they don’t choose a person of a certain shape, color, or size; they simply shine and radiate for others to see and feel uplifted by. I am so proud to be a smile doctor and to be able to help others feel healthy and confident in their own smiles. 

Biggest Inspiration: My mom. She’s the strongest, most confident woman I know. She’s unapologetically herself, and I live by her mantra to be unapologetically me. 

Current Passion Project: Working with Extra Mile Pediatrics to be the first dentist they’ve had going on a mission trip to help children in Ecuador and Guatemala. 

Fun Fact: My Bachelor’s degree is actually in Comparative Literature! I’m a huge bookworm, and I love to write. 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?: Make sure you know what dentistry entails before you sign up for it. Dentistry is truly a form of art maybe more so than any field of healthcare. If you love art AND science, this could be a great career path for you! 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? If you have to choose, choose hope and happiness. Life isn’t easy for anyone, and it’s even harder for some of us. But if you choose to hope for a better day, a better day will inevitably come. 

May 18, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Vincent Chan

Vincent Chan

Name: Vincent Chan

Medical Title/Credentials: MD - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

IG: @vinpin 

School/Program: 

Case Western Reserve University - Medical School
Harbor UCLA Medical Center - Internal Medicine Residency
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship

Favorite Hobbies: Graphic design & Trying new restaurants

Why did you choose this profession? When I was a medical student, I knew I wanted to care for acutely ill patients with a holistic approach. I thought this meant having a deep understanding of patient physiology across multiple disciplines. At the same time, I was nervous about being in the Intensive Care Unit and having to make medical decisions that could rapidly impact life and death.

As I started my intern year in 2009, I was thrown into the H1N1 pandemic, and I soon realized that in addition to diagnosing and treating complex medical issues, caring for these individuals also meant treating patients and their loved ones with compassion and open communication, whether it’s early in their hospital course or nearing their end of life. I got over my fear of the Intensive Care Unit and chose to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Biggest Inspiration: My father inspired me to pursue medicine. I have also had wonderful mentors through each stage of my training who helped shape me into the physician I am today.

Current Passion Project: Outside of the hospital, I have been designing enamel pins for healthcare professionals. In June of 2020, I produced my first pin, which was funded by my institution and given to our residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists for their hard work and dedication fighting the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Since then, I have opened a small business, VINPIN, where I sell enamel pins for healthcare workers and donate the proceeds to charity.

Within the hospital, I have been developing an ultrasound curriculum aimed at Internal Medicine residents, Hospitalists, and Nurse Practitioners. My goal with this curriculum is to empower bedside clinicians to make targeted clinical decisions with point of care ultrasonography, which will hopefully reduce hospital days and improve patient outcomes.

Fun Fact: I have two cats

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Medicine can be a difficult field to succeed in, but if there is anything I have learned throughout my training and career, it is that the best doctors are not the ones with the best grades or the highest scores. They are the ones who believe in the work they do and truly advocate for the patients they care for.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Fortune is nothing more than loving what you do. - Jason Mraz

February 07, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Vicki Chan

Vicki Chan

Name: Vicki Chan

Title: MD

IG: @Vickichanmd  

Favorite Hobby: Shopping!

School/Program: University of Southern California (undergrad), Johns Hopkins University (medical school), UCLA (residency/fellowship)

Why did you choose your profession? My father is a doctor, so I've always known and wanted to be a doctor. I chose ophthalmology because I enjoy the combination of clinical work and surgery. I think the eye is so fascinating and helping people with their vision is so satisfying.

Current Passion Project: Educating and fighting misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines with various organizations like #ThisIsOurShot, #teamhalo (United Nations), and the WHO.

Who was/is your inspiration? My father! 

How do you get over the troubled times? Whenever things get tough, I try to focus on the next step - how to make it better, what can be learned, etc.

Fun Fact: I can move my ears.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Focus on the goal. There will be a late nights and rough days, but as long as you focus on your goal and never give up, you'll get there!

Any other message/ motivational quotes you'd like to share? Do what you love; Love what you do!

 

November 12, 2021 — Mediclo Mediclo
Howard "Howie" Pyo

Howard "Howie" Pyo

Name: Howard “Howie” Pyo

Medical Title/Credentials: 3rd Year Medical Student

IG: @howieepowiee 

School/Program: 

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Favorite Hobby: I love gardening, fishing, bushcraft, golf, and trying new food.

Why did you choose this profession? It was a gradual process. Starting in high school, I was volunteering in hospitals and homeless clinics and I was drawn towards talking to them and the interactions I had with them. That's when I realized I wanted to work with people. I was also always interested in biology and science so when I started college, I started shadowing doctors and observing what they did/what impact they made. That's when I really learned what medicine entails and began to fall in love with the field.

July 28, 2021 — Mediclo Mediclo