Arlington Adventist Health Professions Network
Dear Church Family:
I would like to introduce myself and invite you to participate in what may be one of the most rewarding and influential LIFEgroups at the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church.
My name is Trent Boyko and I have been a member of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist church for over 17 years and an Emergency Physician for 20 years. Most of you don’t know me as I fit into a classic introvert profile. Most of you may know my wife, Cindy Boyko, a definite extrovert (although she thinks she is an introvert too).
I haven’t always been a Physician. I attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and began my college years as Undecided for my major, after one year I was still undecided. Union College does not give a tuition discount because you can’t decide what you want to do in life. The next year I chose Nursing as a major. It took me 5 years total and I graduated with a BS in Nursing and an Associate degree in Business Administration. At this point in my life being a physician was never part of the plan. I went to work at Loma Linda University Medical Center for the next 5 years. After 2 years I decided to go into hospital administration and was accepted into the MBA program at the University of California Riverside. The week before classes started I didn’t feel right about my decision and withdrew from the program. It seemed frustrating at the time trying to figure out my life. Little did I realize that this was all part of the plan, God’s plan. Two years later, after completing prerequisite classes, I was accepted to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
I have always said that the best decision I have ever made was to become a nurse because the eventual career choices and meeting my beautiful wife (she is going to be reading this too) were based on those experiences and the people I interacted with during my experience as a nurse at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
I look back and graciously remember the people that gave me advice and mentored me during my nursing career and then my physician career. It was those teachers and health professionals that helped me make decisions that brought me to where I am today. I have always had a passion to pass on my experiences and advice to other Health Profession students. The past 5 plus years, through my work, I have been mentoring, advising, and writing letters of recommendation for many that have attended various Texas universities. A couple of months ago, I thought what a great ministry this could be for our church. There are so many Health Professionals in our church community that have so much wisdom and life experiences to offer young people, to help them make their life choices. It is unbelievably rewarding to help these young adults and the need for advising and mentoring is great. These young adults want to shadow other health professionals, they want advice, they want volunteer experiences. Sometimes, these shadowing and mentoring experiences resulted in the students changing their career choice and that is ok. It is more tragic to get through 2-3 years of post-graduate school and figure out that your chosen profession is not for you (post-graduate school is expensive). I have written recommendation letters for medical school, nursing school, PA school, and even for someone who wanted to work for and oil company. The health profession isn’t for everyone. Here is a framework of what I envision the LIFEgroup to be.
Arlington Adventist Health Professions Network
Faith based professional network to assist Health Profession students in directing their life career choices.
Need: There are few organized programs that match students with their intended career choices.
Focus: College students considering health professions.
Purpose: Emulate Christian values through your professional practice to College students, while mentoring them through their Pre-professional education.
Opportunity: LIFEgroup outreach to provide mentoring and guidance to these students.
I would like to put together a list of Health Professionals who would be willing to let college students shadow them in their work environment. Identify people that are interested to speak at college health professions club meetings. Help identify volunteer experiences for these Health Profession young adults.
We would offer this outreach to our college age kids that are associated with our church but also expand it to Adventist College Health profession students and any health professions students that attend the local Universities such as UT Arlington, UNT etc.
A list of Health Professionals needed include but are not limited to:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Dental Hygiene
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Veterinary medicine
- Speech Pathologists
I welcome any feedback and suggestions from anyone who is interested in this group. Please email me or call me if you would be interested in being a part of this group and please tell someone you know about this group that may be interested, you don’t have to be part of the Arlington church to participate in this exciting endeavor. I would like to first put together The Arlington Adventist Health Network list of interested members and then meet to establish what impact and talent we have to offer.