CHOP – Rx for Success
I look back on my experience at the RX for Success Conference,
and can honestly say that it was an opportunity of a lifetime. The
staff at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was so welcoming and
insightful, especially the respiratory therapists. The CHOP RTs
were very passionate about what they did and it was obvious that
each one of them absolutely loved their job. It was not long, before
I began imagining myself moving across country to become part
of their team.
It was a privilege to represent Texas State Respiratory program
with the other students. We were easily identified as the “Texas
group” and made up the largest group from any area that was
represented. In a game of respiratory jeopardy, it became
apparent of the quality of education we have received at TSU with
our group’s performance. We took home an immense amount of
Hershey’s chocolate and tasty cakes!
As part of the conference, we got to go on a trolley tour around the
city. We climbed the famous “Rocky stairs”, ate an original Philly
cheese steak, and saw some of the oldest buildings in the U.S.
(including the first hospital). “Betsy Ross” served as our tour
guide, and she was coincidentally a cousin to Sylvester Stallone!
After the conference ended, we gathered with our respiratory
group of 10 and ventured out into the city. We were able to see
only the Liberty Bell and Benjamin Franklin’s grave before the
sun set though. Our group may have had extra pulmonary
knowledge, but we obviously lacked a sense of direction! At that
time, happy hour called us into a pub and we all sat down to enjoy
a beer. From talking to our new friends from North Dakota,
Arkansas, Ohio, and New York about their programs and career
plans, we gained a new appreciation of the opportunities that we
have here at TSU.
The whole experience opened my eyes to the opportunities that
are out there. CHOP stays current on all of the latest technology
and is continuously conducting research for new treatments. The
experience and knowledge that a new graduate could attain from
CHOP is endless, not to mention the doors that would open for a
better career. Regardless of the wonderful time I had though, it
was a nice refreshing greeting to be back on Texas ground with
sunshine and 80 degree weather!