Ivanna Sanoja

Ivanna Sanoja

MD


Cook County Hospital

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I wanted to be an engineer like my dad and big sister. They had a successful career.
Then I went to Italy after I finished high school and lived with a Cardiology nurse for a year.
I joined a local volleyball team and the coach was a Cardiologist that worked with my host.
They really inspired me, the nurses in the hospital had a cake for me for my 18th birthday.
I eventually returned to Venezuela and applied for Medicine.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
graduate
Graduate
MD
Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela
Career

Career

MD

I am a doctor in training in a busy public hospital.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Medicine
Education
Education
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I get to work before dawn, I have an operating room assigned from the day before but still need to check any last minute updates, I need to set up the room, check the anesthesia machine, the monitors, prepare the drugs, and think of everything that can go wrong and what would my first and second plan be and be ready for it, then present the case to a supervisor. The preparation has to be careful and tailored to the type of surgery. The day goes on case by case or just one real long case.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Warm heart but cold feet. Be balanced. Be a team player and a good communicator as well as advocate for other people.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Commitment. A life in Medicine is a life of sacrifice, and as a foreign doctor, I came to realize that is very dependent on the place you practice. If you are thinking about it, ask yourself if you have the passion for it, that comes as a form of feeling for most of us, if you don't love this and don't feel passionate about the idea of it, you won't be successful.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

graduate
Graduate
MD
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You won't make it to the US, it is impossible for foreign people these days to get a residency spot."

I prepared myself, days and months of consistency, I studied the methods and took all the board exams in no time but staying focused and keeping my goal in mind every second.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

There are limited spots for international medical graduates in this system, but at the end, people realized they need the best for the job, and the smart ones can see that person might not be US born and educated.