Congratulations Dra. Gemie Sagum! And thank you for accepting this interview.
Are you ready? If so, here we go!
Why did you choose to become a doctor?
I was a nursing graduate. I was exposed in the hospital as early as my 2nd year in college. Since then, I’ve always admired and looked up to people working in the hospital. Nurses and doctors alike.
What are the unique and different skills you have as a doctor?
I have a lot more learnings and skills to learn. I feel like I’m a sponge that absorbs. Absorbing learnings thru exposure in the hospital, interaction with juniors, seniors, and more so with the patients.
Do you have other hobbies or interests?
Not everyone knows that I love cooking.
What inspires you everyday?
Seeing a sick man improve day by day. And knowing that you will be part of the team who will make that happen.
Most challenging moment?
Everyday is a challenge. It’s not easy to work with a lot of people. The most challenging would be dealing with difficult people. Hindi mawawala yun.
If you’re not a doctor, what would you be?
I’d probably be a chef. Or a lawyer. I still dream of becoming one. Maybe someday. Or in another lifetime. Haha. Wait. Maybe, a politician/public servant also. (At age 16, I was an ex officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan/councilor of San Luis Pampanga, and I remember loving it).
What do you miss most about being a student?
Student pa din naman ako. When you’re a doctor, you’re forever a student. There’s always something new to learn. But if you mean a student in school, hmmmm… definitely not the daily exams. Maybe the learnings that they present in front of you. The real life learnings however are an extension of what I’ve learned inside the classroom.
When was the best moment of your life?
When patients approach you right before they get discharged from the hospital. “Thank you doc! Okay na. Makakauwi na kami.” (with a big smile)
What is the best thing about being a doctor?
Being a doctor, sure is a tiring job. I’m not even half way “there”, but as young as I am in this profession, I can already appreciate the impact a doctor makes. Sa relatives, sa patient. Minsan presence mo lang, gumagaling na sila. (Hehe) it really is a fulfilling job.
Red rose or pink rose?
Weekdays or weekend?
Weekend. (Doesn’t really matter though, if you’re on duty on a weekend)
Flats or heels?
Flats. Comfort. Always.
What is your favorite quote?
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”
If you were a rose, what color would you be and why?
Red. For me red roses look genuine and classy.
Lastly, do you have any message to all aspiring doctors?
“Kaya! Kakayanin!” Repeat 100 times per day for a lifetime.
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