Ceattle Balcorta (DO ’22) March 17, 2022
Match Day 2022
Students from the class of 2022 are celebrating the next step in their professional
journey. Here they share what has inspired them along the way and what advice they
would give to new students.
Where did you match?
Navy Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia
What specialty have you chosen to pursue and why?
General Surgery, I have always loved working with my hands and as soon as I got involved
in surgeries, I fell in love. There is something about having a patient come in with
a certain disease/issue and within a few weeks to months you are able to fix that
problem for them, and they are very grateful. Eventually I want to really work with
women who have breast cancer and not only perform their mastectomies, but also help
them "become a woman again" by doing their breast implants. Cancer hits home for me
as I have had family members that have passed away from cancer, most recently brain
cancer. The fact that surgery helped prolong my aunt's life by having the tumor resected
allowed my family and me the time to spend with her and create those final memories
with her. I want to not only do this for other people, but also want to help those
people who beat cancer feel whole again!
How did you feel when you found out you matched?
I was beyond elated! I think it was one of the happiest moments of my life.
What advice would you give to year one medical students just starting their journey?
Becoming a doctor is hard, but in the end it is worth it. There are going to be days
where you feel like you are not meant to be here, but just remember you ARE meant
to be here. Not many people can do what we do, so don't quit, keep fighting, keep
putting in the extra hours to study, and in the end it will all play out the way you
want it to and you will match in the specialty of your choice. Being a doctor is hard,
but the reward from helping others definitely outweighs the battle we go through in
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