Keali'i Ka'apana

Keali'i Ka'apana

Medical Officer


The KIT Group

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up on Oahu, where it was sun, surf, and sand 24/7.
I decided that I wanted to travel and get paid for it, so I joined the military after high school.
After leaving service, I went to college and dabbled in different majors, like politics and history.
Finally biology caught my attention; that started my interest in the medical field.
It took me six years to complete college because I chose to take the scenic route and enjoy myself.
I struggled with PTSD when I got back; my peers said I was a "shell of my old self."
I had a great foundation of friends and family that was there for me and helped me through it.
I now work as a medical officer at KIT Group and in a pediatrician's office.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
California State University-Long Beach
Career

Career

Medical Officer

As a medical officer, I'm responsible for treating injuries that occur on the KIT shooting range.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Action Sports
Science
Science
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

If someone was to shadow me, they'd hopefully get to lead a portion of a safety class out on the shooting range. We always get clients who get "slide bites," so there's a good chance that they'd actually get to treat a small injury, maybe throw on some bandages. Our main goal out on the shooting range is always to make sure everyone leaves with the same amount of holes that they came with.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be able to bring something personal to the table. Books can get you so far, but when it comes to coaching people out on the range, or treating certain injuries, you need to bring out some prior knowledge and some personal flair to the job. No one wants someone out there training them how to shoot and just repeating lines from a textbook, sounding like a computer, so when my students are having difficulty shooting, I try to get them to relax by telling a personal funny story.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Make sure you find a job where you're going to wake up every day feeling excited and fulfilled by your job. You might take a job that excites you initially, but after a year or two, you get burned out and realize it's not actually what you want to do. Most people reach that point, or that hill, and fall back down. Instead, find a job that makes you hit that hill and want to keep climbing.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Associate's Degree
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"I've been here longer than you; I don't need to do things your way."

I work in a pediatric office, and there was a nurse administering shots in the wrong way. When I told her that she could hurt a child that way, she turned it on me and told people I was giving her bad advice. Sure enough, one day, she was giving a child a shot and the needle broke off in his arm. At that point, I could've easily said, "I told you so," but I knew she felt bad, so I chose to say, "It's okay. It was a mistake." My military training taught me to pick others up whenever possible.