Here it is! A different version, somewhat different than the first one. Please tell me this is better.... so much work for just 250 words..
"A pictures is worth a thousands words". We all have heard this many times, but never was it more real for me than after I started studying echocardiography.
I came to the United States as a new immigrant in 2005. In my home country, Romania, I was studying Information Systems according to my father's desire. Once arrived on the "land of opportunities", I felt like the choice of my own career belonged to me.
My first job in the United States was as an Anesthesia Technician. It introduced me to the world of health-care and gave me ample opportunity to research a wide range of health-care careers. One day I came across the field of Echocardiography. I was astounded as well as mesmerized by the technology and the sight of a human heart. I had glanced at human hearts before, during open-heart surgeries, but this was different. Not only was it quick and non-invasive, but every single patient had the opportunity to see their own heart. And most importantly, it was something that I could do without being a surgeon. I could not think of a better method to make a patient more aware of their own anatomy than by attaching a visual image to their own heart, in the hope that they could relate more to it, and consequently, take better care of it.
Since my first encounter with echocardiography, I have seen hundreds of patients and I can confidently say that my initial instinct about how images can inspire patients, were true.