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Unsung: Priya Sohi

Unsung: Priya Sohi
October 2, 2015 No comments

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Biology and Neuroscience and a minor in Leadership Development. I became a NYS Certified EMT, volunteering as a fire/medic for a year, and currently pursue my Masters in Biological Sciences at Hunter College while working full time as a medical assistant. I did not always have aspirations to be involved in the medical field but after losing my father and grandfather to medical ailments I realized it was the one area where I could actively make a difference. Nothing in this world brings me more satisfaction than the ability to heal and help others. I plan on continuing my education and my work in health care diving deeper into the field and gaining as much experience and knowledge to pursue a career in medicine. My passion is medicine, my love is science, and my life is helping others.

When things get difficult, what keeps you going?

My family, my friends, and passion. My family and friends are my biggest supporters and whenever I feel like I am short of accomplishing something they are always there to give me that extra push I need to get through it. However, passion is my driving force. I am a firm believer that if you don’t love what you do you should not be doing it. I love working with patients and things don’t always go as planned. As an EMT, I’ve witnessed tragedy, in my own life I’ve experienced it, and as much as you hate that you cannot help everyone you have to remind yourself why you try to help anyone at all. The ability to save a life, that one instance you can ease a family’s mind, that moment you get to tell a parent their child will be just fine, are the moments you live for. The moments that no matter how difficult your job gets you are reminded of exactly why you are where you are and what makes you love doing what you do.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your position?

My advice to anyone entering the healthcare profession is to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Plain and simple, it is hard. You need to have a lot of patience, you need to not get frustrated when things don’t work out, and you have to enjoy it. It takes a lot of stamina to deal with people all day long, and sometimes you won’t have all the answers but if you are willing to find a way to make it work, if you are dedicated to helping others then it is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. I think compassion, sincerity, and dedication go a long way in this field and if you possess those qualities then a job in healthcare is where you thrive.

Why did you choose to be where you are today?

Life experiences led me to the medical field. I lost my father at the age of 12, and for anyone who loses a parent at a young age you question why it’s happening and it becomes difficult to understand. I lost my father to a heart attack and seizure, which at the time I could not comprehend. From this I asked myself if I had known why this happened could I have changed the outcome, and secondly if I could not change it for him could I change it for anyone else. I wanted to educate myself on the body, on medical conditions and ailments. From a young age I loathed feeling useless, any way I could help someone I would try. I knew that this was something I wanted but needed to do. I continuously searched for opportunity which led me to become an EMT and subsequently an MA. From what I have been able to accomplish so far and the experiences I have gained I know I am exactly where I should and continue to be.

What does “Crafting Wellness” mean to you?

Every day I walk into work I see infants and children un-phased by the world around them. So unaware of all the harm and negativity out there. Working in pediatrics, the main objective is to make these kids feel safe and looked after. To me “Crafting Wellness” means creating an environment where youth can maintain healthy, happy lives. Most of the vaccinations a child receives are from birth to the age of 2 years old. It is vital to ensure their development is on schedule. These younger generations are the future of healthcare, and the system is being constantly revamped to make sure young people have access to healthcare. We live in a world where medical technology and advancements in vaccinations are constantly changing and in order to keep up we need to start young. Crafting Wellness to me is about using the tools we are so fortunate to have and making a difference in the future of healthcare.

Lastly, do you have a story or moment that has had an impact on your career/life?

My friends and family make it a joke to constantly say I’m too nice, I open my heart too wide, too fast. They always saw it as a negative quality. To me it is probably the best quality I could possess.

I don’t have one moment, I have many moments in my life of giving. Not only have all these moments impacted my life, but it made my career. It is something I am absolutely grateful. The selflessness of helping others without expectations is what I enjoy most about my job. It gives me the ability to separate my emotions from my work. There are too many people out there that feel like they are owed something, for me being able to give something is what makes the difference.

– Priya Sohi, 24, Allied Physicians Group – MD KIDCARE

Unsung, is a feature MDF proudly brings to the MDF community highlighting the incredible MDF’ers who are truly #CraftingWellness. We hope to inspire, encourage, and connect humanity by sharing the stories from the thousands of anonymous individuals whose imprint can be seen in the lives of countless others.

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