A passion for science and a heart for patient care help alum excel in medical school

971916_804256486944_1780301964_n“As I completed high school and started college, I realized that there is no connection as intimate and life-changing as one can have with another human being,” reflects Naomi (DeYoung) Wiens ’10 on her decision to become a physician. “I loved building a foundation in science, physiology, anatomy and chemistry in college, and I was hard pressed to see myself feeling fulfilled in any other field.”

Wiens is a third-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Looking towards a future in surgery or interventional cardiology, Wiens challenges herself each day to become not only an excellent medical provider, but also a doctor who cares deeply about her patients.

“A simple, yet crucial take-home point I got from Messiah,” says Wiens, “is that it is not our role to place judgment on anyone else; that’s not Christ-love. The various chapel speakers and club meetings , as well as meeting many different people with different life stories, have all helped me be more comfortable and accepting of things I am unfamiliar with. I think this has had the biggest impact on my approach to patients thus far; I have become more open-minded and eager to meet new people as well as withhold judgment.”

In addition to the philosophy behind her patient care, she also made another connection between her time at Messiah and her time in medical school. In 2009, Wiens traveled to the Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia as part of the Healthcare in the Developing World May-term class. In August 2013, she returned as a medical student and completed a four-week infectious disease rotation at the hospital. Since her first trip to Zambia as a Messiah student, the country has held a special place in her heart.

Medical school is no doubt a challenge, but Wiens is confident medicine is the career for her. “I enjoy learning, asking ‘why’ and ’how’ humans work, live, breathe, the way we do. It’s truly amazing, and it reflects how intricate we really are,” says Wiens. “Now that I am on clinical rotations and assuming this role [of physician], I can see myself doing this until I am too old and too frail to come to work. I simply love it.”

-Erin Bray ’10

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Posted on May 20th, 2014


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