Andrea is 11 years old, she lives in Elmira, and she wants to be a surgeon when she grows up. While others her age are just starting to think about their career paths, or perhaps haven’t even considered the options, Andrea is already beginning to research her chosen field. This past summer, she sent a letter to Arnot Health expressing her desire for information.
“I want to be a surgeon when I get older and would like some facts about that,” she wrote.
Well, rather than simply providing some basic information that may otherwise be found on the Internet, two of our staff agreed to meet with Andrea and her mom at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Dr. Subramanian Sadhasivam, a General Surgeon, and Dr. Lauren Kopicky, a Surgical Resident, gave them a tour of the hospital, focusing on the Operating Room area to show Andrea where surgeons do much of their work. Andrea got a chance to talk with both doctors about their education and experience, including what it takes to train and become a surgeon.
“It’s hard work,” both doctors agreed, “and it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance.” At only 11 years old, Andrea has a chance to get a head start on that hard work. “If you set your goals now and keep your grades up,” the surgeons told her, “you’ll have the option of pursuing a career in surgical medicine when the time comes.”
We wish Andrea and her family all the best and we’re thankful for the opportunity to respond to her letter. See below for the original letter from Andrea and its full contents.
Hi, I’m Andrea and I’m 11 years old. I am writing to you because you are the best people who save lives. I’m also writing to you because I want to be a surgeon when I get older and would like some facts about that. I hope you can honor my request. Thank you for your time.