It’s Destini again. The end of my internship was stressful, rewarding, and anxiety filled. Despite this, I am happy to say that I made it and I am a better person because of it. My project was to plan and evaluate the annual Parkside health and safety fair, and for a while I was really worried that it wouldn’t be a success. The event was great, but not without a fair share of disappointments. On the day of the event, there were many cancellations, parking issues, vendor issues, material issues, etc. I literally thought that there was no way that the day was going to improve, but thankfully it did and the event was more successful than I thought it would be. It was extremely rewarding to see the success of a project that I worked so hard on. I was extremely proud of myself for coordinating this project and I was hopeful to see the impact that it would have on the community.
During this internship, I was able to see the different factors that contributed to the lack of access to different health and safety resources in the community that I served. I saw that there was a shortage of awareness and that sometimes residents had a lack of trust in the medical community, which fueled the fire within me to serve. This program strengthened my desire to become an emergency room physician in an underserved area so that I could help build more trust in the health care system, and so that I can improve the health of those in the community that I serve. I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to do great work in an amazing city like Detroit, and I am grateful that this scholarship helped make the process a little easier! I am so grateful!