Meet your new doctor to be
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.