Dr. Hovig Artinian graduated from AUC in 2010 and was born in New York. At a young age, he moved to Fresno, California where he attended Whittier College. Hovig majored in Biology and Political Science. We spoke with Dr. Artinian on what brought him to AUC and his plans for the future.
How long have you known you wanted to be a physician? What led you to this journey?
I had a little doctor kit as a kid. So, I'd be a five-year-old running around with my plastic stethoscope and my little pretend Band-Aids and taking care of everyone in the house. But growing up I always said I want to be a teacher and I want to be a doctor. It was always a lifelong passion to help people.
How was the campus community experience at AUC?
I would say one of the most special things about that campus for me was the culture that we had amongst each other. A culture of making sure we supported each other, held each other up, studied with each other. It was almost like we were pulling each other. So when there were some days that you weren't feeling up to it, someone else would be there to help you get through and vice versa. Having that, I think is the most critical aspect of being at AUC.
What did you enjoy most about your life in St. Maarten?
The thing I enjoyed most was the people that I was there with. The culture that we had amongst faculty and students, amongst students themselves, just the fact that we were all there together, and we all wanted to make sure we got through it together, and were successful and happy while we were doing it.
What was clinical experience like?
I like to travel. So during my fourth year, I went to a lot of different clinical sites. I did rotations in Fresno, at UCSF Fresno. I did rotations in Los Angeles, in Michigan, and in New York. And the reason I did that is I think- it's really important, more than any USMLE scores can show on a paper - if a program director can see how you're going to work, can see what you're going to do, can see what you can add to their program, it is an on-the-job interview for a residency.
What are your plans for the future?
I fell in love with Emergency Medicine during my Pediatric Emergency rotation. So, right now I'm trying to decide between doing General Pediatrics, which means no more fellowship or training after these three years of residency, or whether I want to do an Emergency Medicine Fellowship which would be another three years of training.
What advice would you give aspiring physicians?
Going to medical school is very difficult. It is not an easy path. Becoming a physician is one of the most difficult things you're going to do in your life. With that being said, when you wake up in the morning, if you can't dream of doing anything else, if you know that you want to be in a hospital and helping people or out in the community and helping, in my case, kids or adults or what have you, then you need to go through the struggle that is medical school and get your degree and start working. Because, -honestly, for me - I'm not in a job.
What does AUC mean to you?
AUC means I get to be a doctor. It means that I got to go to a school that wanted to make sure I was successful in a comfortable, cozy campus and become the physician that I am today.