The Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, through their Chamber Connect program, has been connecting students with local businesses each Monday for the past several months.
Chamber Connect provides students in Lamar County the opportunity to make a connection with business owners/leaders and hear their story about what it takes to become a successful business in their specific field.
Through this program, Paris High senior, Alyssa Tacuyan has been given the opportunity to tour Paris Regional Medical Center with Dr. Pia Lippincott, Head of Anesthesiology, as she pursues her dreams of becoming an anesthesiologist.
“Alyssa Tacuyan is also a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce,” said Chamber president Paul Allen. “While talking to Alyssa I asked her what her plans were after graduation and she is set on being an anesthesiologist.”
After that conversation, the wheels begin to turn and through a combined effort of many people, Alyssa will visit Paris Regional Medical Center tomorrow to learn more about being an anesthesiologist.
“I am looking forward to being able to see what I would be doing in the future and seeing what goes on in the life of an anesthesiologist and what goes on behind the scenes,” said Alyssa. “When Paul heard that I wanted to work in this field, he immediately pulled all the plugs and got me a spot to tour PRMC with the head anesthesiologist, Dr. Lippincott.”
When asked why meeting a young female that was interested in her field, Dr. Pia Lippincott replied, “I love medicine, that is why I am a doctor. I save lives. Saving just one makes all my years of training and sacrifice worth it. I am privileged to have a job that I feel passionate about. I am a lady doctor and I am really good and what I do.”
Alyssa said the concept of an anesthesiologist is intriguing to her.
“I want to be an anesthesiologist because I wouldn’t want people to feel pain while in surgery because I know that they’re already going through a lot. Having surgery without pain accompanying it would be the greatest asset to becoming an anesthesiologist.”
When asked why she thinks it’s important to meet with a young woman who was interested in her field of work, Dr. Lippincott replied, “I love medicine, that is why I am a doctor. I save lives. Savings just one makes all my years of training and sacrifice worth it. I am privileged to have a job that I feel passionate about. I am a lady doctor and I am really good at what I do.”
Alyssa will meet with Dr. Lippincott at 1 p.m. tomorrow and get to tour the hospital for the afternoon.
“It took Chris Vaughn, Principal at Paris High, Erin Barnes at PRMC, Dr. Lippincott, and time to make this work but we’re excited for Alyssa and the opportunity to connect students with local businesses on this level.”