Sen Sheng, M.D.
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” – Ann Landers
Grew up in Harbin, a relative small town near Russia, I was so blessed to have parents who love me deeply. It was so cold in winter there that I spent most of teenage-hood in a local hospital where both my parents worked. Inspired by the care and love those physician offered, I was totally attracted by the idea of being a physician.
Wining the prestigious “Guanghua” scholarship in Peking University, finishing top from the residency rotation at Beijing Hospital, and becoming a neurosurgery attending by the age of 29, I found a career in medicine interesting, challenging and rewarding. Once in my 3rd year residency, I was the right hand assistant to a case of complicated intracranial aneurysm operation that took 16 hours. Afterwards, the patient was sent to the ICU. Knowing there would be lack of staff and trying to give him the best chance of survival, I volunteered to stay and care for him for the next 12 hours. At the end, his family took him home, where he would rest in peace. Exhausted and sleep deprived, I realized that faced with the complexity of our brain, even our best effort is not enough. This motivates me to never fall into complacency and strive to achieve the best I could. This is also one of biggest reasons why I would like to choose to be a neurologist rather than a neurosurgeon, who would most likely fail to see the whole picture and comprehensive management of individual patient. As they say: life begins at the end of your comfort zone, I decided not to live my life in repetition but to explore what’s beyond the horizon.
Enthusiasm and love are the driving force for my everyday life and I can’t live a day without them. The first time I came to Little Rock, I was attracted by the flavor of this small town, a great combination of beauty of nature and modern life. Every faculty in UAMS neurology is nice and kind-hearted, like a warm and diverse family. I am so lucky to match here and can’t wait to enjoy my residency which I would like to put all my heart and soul into.
My journey as a neurology resident just begins, with passion and love on the way…
- Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin
- Hometown: Harbin, China
- Medical school: Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China