This is what I’ve wanted to do for so long

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Vas­an­than and Pearce both have par­ents who are doc­tors, and they even grew up in the same neigh­bour­hood — so it’s es­pe­cially no­table for the two friends to go through med school to­gether. Vas­an­than told the Packet the two best friends ap­plied to med school to­gether.

“It’s been kind of a long-term goal for me for some time,” said Vas­an­than. “It is def­i­nitely some­thing I’ve been ex­posed to since a young age … It was def­i­nitely a big in­flu­ence on me for sure, but also I just wanted to per­son­ally go into the field my­self, be­cause I saw that as the field I would en­joy my­self the most in.”

He says early in his med school days, he’s keep­ing an open mind and look­ing for­ward to shad­ow­ing in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

“I’ve been hav­ing a great time – this is what I’ve wanted to do for so long. It feels good to fi­nally be here and go through the process with three other peo­ple from Clarenville, as well as all my other class­mates.”

Pearce told the Packet his jour­ney was also in­flu­enced by the fact both his par­ents are doc­tors, but not di­rectly.

“Grow­ing up with that, I got to see it and ex­pe­ri­ence a bit, which let me know it was some­thing I (would en­joy do­ing),” said Pearce. “But what led me to med­i­cal school in the first place was more me feel­ing this was what would be best for the rest of my life.”

Look­ing for­ward, he’s open to dif­fer­ent spe­cial­iza­tions, but it’s still way too early for that, he adds.

Even the idea of be­ing a doc­tor in Clarenville is a pos­si­bil­ity down the road.

“I grew up in Clarenville, ob­vi­ously, so I have a place in my heart for Clarenville and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. I could def­i­nitely see my­self end­ing up in Clarenville one day.”

So far, Pearce says school has been fun — at least while the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a med stu­dent is still novel.

Mykala Pardy is from Ge­orge’s Brook-Mil­ton. She told the Packet it’s sat­is­fy­ing to be in med school be­cause the jour­ney is not al­ways easy.

“Years ago, it was just a dis­tant dream to be en­ter­ing med­i­cal school, but to be there and re­ceive my white coat and have my par­ents and my fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence that with me, it was really spe­cial,” she said.

She says she’s wanted to be a physi­cian ever since mid­dle school. She’s seen many great doc­tor role mod­els and has al­ways wanted this.

She also cred­its the great lo­cal school sys­tem for fos­ter­ing her in­ter­est in medicine, adding it’s a tes­ta­ment to the schools when four peo­ple from a small area can all achieve some­thing like this to­gether.

“It plays a huge part in who we’ve be­come and our aca­demic skills,” says Pardy.

After first shad­ow­ing a fam­ily doc­tor, she said she could see her­self set­tling in a place like Ge­orge’s Brook-Mil­ton and prac­tis­ing fam­ily medicine.

“Go­ing back there and giv­ing back to my com­mu­nity is just a really great idea and I would be so in­ter­ested in do­ing that.”

As for her fel­low class­mates from the area, Pardy says it’s great to go through med school to­gether.

“It brings a lit­tle bit of home into the class­room so that’s really com­fort­ing, I find!”

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