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Monday, September 18, 2017

Pathfinders Update: Spending Summer Part of Women in Science at Maimonides Medical Center

This past summer I had the opportunity to explore my career interests through the help of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Pathfinders program. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but I never considered a career in Orthopedics. The Women in Science Program at Maimonides Medical Center program is extremely beneficial for girls like me who aspire to be in the medical field. My first day interning I met different doctors, physician’s assistants, medical assistants and x-ray techs. I was able to expose myself to new people and environments. I made new connections and friends who have similar interests in pursuing a career in medicine. Over the course of this program, I was able to experience shadowing a physician and understanding the responsibility a physician has.
Working with Dr. Munyak was an amazing experience, as I learned about different diagnoses and treatments. I also learned that: “patience is a virtue.” Dr. Munyak examines many people a day, but still has the patience to sit down and discuss the illnesses and treatments with worried patients. By doing this, the patients felt more comfortable and secure. Not only did we speak about medicine, we also spoke about my plans for college. I gained so much insight about the B.S/M.D programs. This program allowed me to research and assist doctors in a small, nurturing setting. Shadowing Dr. Munyak provided me with a backbone and confidence I needed to further pursue my dream of becoming a surgeon. Thank you Pathfinders for giving me this opportunity!!
~Maksyem Calka, Class of 2018