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IM Residency, Indian, Cultural Sensitivity

November 2, 2015

Since childhood, my enthusiasm empowered me to excel at school. I always wanted to have goals and ambitions as perfect as arrows in archery aiming at the centre of the circle. As a consequence, I chose biology though many choices were open to me. Moreover, there appeared no better way of applying scientific knowledge than studying and practicing medicine which made me a medical student. I never regret my choice and for that matter, I regard it as one of the best choices that I have made. My goal in life is to become a successful Internist and an academician which will give me a chance to help mould future doctors.

My interest in Internal Medicine sprouted during my medical rotations. Working with a wide variety of clinical conditions and conscious of the need for a holistic approach to diagnose and treat these conditions, I decided to settle on Internal medicine as my area of specialty. I love the way that internal medicine requires building long term relationships with patients. Ever since I was a medical student, I have been interested in research which I remain actively engaged. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my medical education and participated in several voluntary projects. I especially enjoyed setting up screening and referral services for six days in a remote underserved area. That was a highly satisfying and humbling experience. I also organized a fund raising program for blind children, which was very successful. Medicine is a prestigious, well rewarded profession and is uniquely important. I believe that doctors should ‘give back’ to society by sharing their skills and knowledge with those who are most in need and this is what I intend to do. Working on these projects was always a team effort and I utilized the opportunity to learn a great deal about how an effective team is organized and run.  I especially enjoy working as a team towards common and desirable ends both following and offering direction for the achievement of team goals.

I know that cultural sensitivity has a special importance in Internal Medicine. Having overcome the challenges involved in a change of cultural environment, I regard myself as being well qualified in this area. I have been socialized by the many people that I have worked with from so many different cultural and social backgrounds and I would like to continue these enriching experiences in your residency program.

Following graduation, I worked as a physician assistant in a few hospitals in India before leaving for the US. I have completed an Externship in the Department of Internal Medicine and observerships at two hospitals. These experiences have confirmed my choice of specialty and familiarized me with the local medical environment and practices. I strongly believe that I am now ready to take the next step in my medical career.

I am aware that there will be many well qualified applicants for this popular specialty. However, I do believe that I am an excellent candidate. I have an excellent academic record which is a reflection of my diligence; I am an experienced and enthusiastic ‘team player’; I love working directly with patients and I want to do so on a long term basis; I am now thoroughly familiar with the US medical environment. I believe that I have the potential to become a first class Internist and I am keenly looking forward to giving my all to your residency program.

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