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shadowing Dr. Sharma was something different. He was beyond
passionate about his profession. I witnessed him rearrange his whole
schedule so he could come in on a day he originally had off to
perform a timely operation on his patients-sadly something I do
not see as often as I think I should in the realm of healthcare.
To my surprise, the field of medicine in general is not as tailored
towards prioritizing the patient as one would expect. Though ideal,
it is simply unrealistic given the high demand for and already highly
hectic nature of the profession. While there has surely been progress
towards and a growing push for the patients-always-first approach
to health care in the last few decades more than ever, there is still
significant room for improvement as I learned this fall in a course
called "Precision Medicine or Privileged Medicine: Disparities in
Biomedical Research" at Brown.
According to a national study looking at health care delivery, it
was found that approximately only 29% of primary care practices
in America offer extended operating hours outside the average
8am-5pm working week day. Limited hours such as these make
it quite difficult for patients to find doctors' offices that offer
evening or weekend services convenient for them, adding to the
existing problems of physician inaccessibility and overutilization of
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Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Care facilities. In fact,
almost 65% of patient visits to the ED were found to occur on
weekends and week days between the 5pm to 8am timeframe1. This
growing problem of Emergency Department overuse and misuse
for non-emergency needs is larger than it presents itself, since it can
deduct from the efficiency and effectiveness of primary care facilities.
Thus, it was a topic I attempted to tackle during Brown's Health
Hackathon this past fall with my team under the mentorship of
multiple experienced ED physicians-a very interesting, eye-opening
experience.
Going back to Dr. Sharma, he also showed me that medicine
was a constantly evolving field. He showed me that you would never
stop learning, explaining to me during another one of my scrub-ins
the many different types of angioplasty procedures that exist and
continue to be added to the market. He also always encouraged
me to ask questions and enabled me to get a unique glimpse of the
realities that being a doctor entailed from a much more intensive and
close-up perspective than I'd previously had.
Less than a few weeks after my time shadowing Dr. Sharma, I
boarded a flight to Africa and busied myself with my internship,
where I met Dr. Otsyeno through connections. Apart from all of the

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