Dr. Ming Kang joined The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley care team this fall. She earned her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Kang is dedicated to serving the underserved and especially enjoys working with pediatric patients.
What inspired you to become a doctor? I was a curious child: I would always touch things, and had to explore new things. I always wanted to know why and how things work. For that reason, my favorite subject had been always science, since it satisfied my curiosity for the nature of how things work. I was especially interested in life science, and I enjoyed learning the physiology of how things work in a living organism. I decided to study molecular and cell biology in college, which inspired me to work as a scientist. After college, I went on to work as a molecular lab technician, participating in research in neurological disease. The more I learn about the physiology and human disease, the more I wanted to learn the practical part of the human body and disease, which is medicine. That’s when I put my plan of pursuing a PhD aside and decided to pursue career in medicine.
Why family medicine? I used to volunteer in an event were we skate with Autistic children in Oakland, California. From that experience, I learned that impacting children in positive way is truly rewarding. By further working as a teacher temporarily in Korea, I decided that I want to pick a healthcare field that works with children. Because of this, I pursued a pediatric residency program once I graduated from medical school.
Most important lesson you learned in medical school: Medical school taught me how to pick up a self-learning discipline. It was a shift from college where I attended lectures and professors spoon-fed the information to me. Once residency started, reading on my own to learn more about pathology and reviewing literature for evidence-based medicine became very important.
Why did you decide to join The Wright Center? I wanted to serve a population that would need me the most. The Wright Center is an ideal place to satisfy such a goal, yet it is not too far from Philadelphia, where my husband lives.
Most rewarding part of your job with The Wright Center: When sick patients get better. When those patients say “thank you”, it really touches me.
Biggest challenge in your job so far: Shifting from city/university practice training to practicing medicine in a rural area where resources are limited. For example, the nearest PICU and children’s hospital is hours away, with limited consulting services, which makes caring for children with complex medical needs exceedingly difficult.
Areas of interest within the field: Before going into my career in medicine, I wanted to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. There are so many diseases that affect the brain that have yet to be figured out, which piqued my curiosity. Now I am particularly interested in pediatric sports medicine, given my background of being an athlete myself when I was young.
Share your favorite health tip: Sleep is the best medicine!
Plans for the future in your profession: I don’t need to become a famous doctor, but I really want to become a good general pediatrician.
If you weren’t a doctor, what would you be doing? I would be a teacher! I enjoy teaching and at The Wright Center, I get the best of both worlds because I get to help train residents who are working in our clinic.
In your free time: I enjoy hanging out with my husband!
Family: My only family in the U.S is my husband, who lives in Philadelphia. My mother, father, and sister and my nephew live in Seoul, South Korea. My Grandfather served in army during Korean War. Both my father and my father in law served in Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). I am debating adopting a new puppy as a new family member. Or maybe I should grow a new member in my uterus.
Hometown: I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Osaka, Japan.
Share something people may not know about you: I was a silver medalist in U.S National Intercollegiate Figure Skating Championship in Junior Ladies in 2008! I was the Korean National Champion in Novice Ladies in 2001, and I trained with Yuna Kim, Olympic gold medalist in figure skating in 2010.by