Meet your new doc­tor to be

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

Usu­ally, peo­ple who get into the med­i­cal field do so be­cause of a burn­ing de­sire to ef­fect change, and save lives. Some­times the de­ci­sion to take on that par­tic­u­lar ca­reer path has more to do with ful­fill­ing the de­sires of their par­ents, or mak­ing money than sav­ing the world, but that isn’t the case for 19-year-old Ok­sana James.

The sub­ject of our fea­ture this week ex­pressed that her de­sire to get into the med­i­cal field had every­thing to do with want­ing to help save lives. Soft spo­ken by na­ture, Ok­sana is de­ter­mined to do what she has to do to be suc­cess­ful in the field of medicine. Out­side of her pe­tite stature and charm­ing smile, this young lady has big plans in store for her fu­ture.

2Nite: Why did you de­cide to study medicine?

Ok­sana: To help peo­ple and to save lives. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true. I can­not imag­ine any­thing more ful­fill­ing than see­ing some­one ill and be­ing re­spon­si­ble for car­ing for them un­til they are bet­ter. Medicine is ever chang­ing as new dis­eases con­tinue to de­velop, and I want to be part of that evo­lu­tion.

2nite: What dis­ci­pline do you in­tend to fo­cus on and why?

Ok­sana: I am se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing fam­ily medicine. I will get the op­por­tu­nity to work with pa­tients of all ages and gen­ders with a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. Based on my re­search, fam­ily medicine is the most ver­sa­tile of all spe­cial­ties! Plus I will get to deal with every or­gan sys­tem in the body.

2Nite: How have your stud­ies been thus far?

Ok­sana: Work, work, work… and I am not quot­ing Ri­hanna. After com­plet­ing sec­ondary school I went straight into the sciences. I am a med­i­cal stu­dent at Spar­tan Health Sciences Univer­sity and I just com­pleted my last set of ex­ams. I am now off to the United States to be­gin my clin­i­cal ro­ta­tions. That’s where the ac­tion is. It has been a lot of work, but my motto is busi­ness be­fore plea­sure. My pri­or­i­ties come first!

2Nite: But you look so fit and fash­ion­able Ok­sana, surely for you it can’t be all work and no play?

Ok­sana: [laughs] Not at all. I ex­er­cise alot. It helps keep me bal­anced with every­thing I have to do day to day. Plus I as­sist in plan­ning blood pres­sure and glu­cose clin­ics in the com­mu­nity. This is my first step in help­ing the health­care sit­u­a­tion on the is­land.

2Nite: You said you will start clin­i­cal ro­ta­tions in the US, do you plan on re­turn­ing and prac­tic­ing in Saint Lucia?

Ok­sana: Oh yes, of course! Doc­tors are needed here. Whether in pri­vate or pub­lic health care, there is a sig­nif­i­cant need. I in­tend on play­ing my role in sat­is­fy­ing that need.

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