Ivanna Sanoja

Ivanna Sanoja


Cook County Hospital


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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High School
Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela



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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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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.

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:



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."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant