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Internal Medicine Residency, Asian, Moldova

January 10, 2013

No one knows it when it actually happens, defining moments, and those instances when our destiny is laid out before us.  Growing up in a rural Moldova, being groomed from childhood for a life of service to others, I have always seriously lived this path.  Leo Tolstoy’s contemporary Boris Pasternak put it best when he said, “I come here to speak poetry.  It will always be in the grass.  It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it.  It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies.”

 I was first introduced to Internal Medicine during my internship rotations.  I was fascinated by the sheer diversity of cases and the amount of direct patient contact.  The approach of dealing with the patient as a totality struck me as being sensible, logical, and, as a result, Internal Medicine became the field in which I wanted to explore in greater depth.  Throughout my education, I have steadfastly believed that a good physician must be committed to excellence in all aspects of healthcare, be it medical education, patient care or research.  And what greater satisfaction in my career could I have that to be the primary medical caregiver to a patient, as an Internist?

 The interaction I have with my patients, the doctor-patient relationship, from admittance to discharge is of the utmost importance to me, to see the patient through from diagnosis to the resolution of the problem.  When I see the faces of my patients filled with trust, I feel all my work has been worthwhile, that why I became a doctor has been realized.  My commitment to improving the lives of the underprivileged is unquestionable, and the work I have done for them has strengthened my collaboration and communication skills with others in a team situation.  Through my education and my career, I have put into practice, as an active physician, all that I have spent years achieving.  This is what I will bring to my Internal Medicine residency, and more.

 What I want forever is to feel that I am serving society, to feel fulfilled by the field of medicine, saving and protecting the health of individuals for the benefit of all.  In order to advance my career, I realize that it is important to practice with the latest advances in medical technology and techniques, as well as participating in cutting-edge research.  I came to the United States in order to obtain the finest academic-based training, and endeavor to provide the best care I can, to be a healer and patient advocate.

 Having completed my ophthalmology residency, and pediatric ophthalmology fellowship in Moldova, I have an excellent base of clinical acumen.  Indeed, I gained invaluable knowledge working in a unit that treated a mixture of patients with different pathologies, performing dozens of cataract surgeries weekly without phakoemulsification, or advanced technology.  Working independently during night shifts, dealing with emergencies, ocular traumas, at times I felt helplessly bereft of resources, and my hands tied.  I did my best, helping the underprivileged maintain a positive outlook and bringing a smile to their faces.  During my two-year pediatric ophthalmology fellowship, I treated all ages, from neonates to teens.  For me, my job, my skills are a gift, a sacred responsibility, seeing beyond the clinical and embracing the spirituality in my work, aiding in the amelioration of lives.

 By increasing my familiarity with the US healthcare system, progressive diagnostic and treatment technologies, I will be exposed to a system that is renowned worldwide as being the ideal.  This will, in fact build logically and naturally on my own doctoral foundation from Moldova.  With a good clinical background in in-patient as well as outpatient practice, I have been able to keep my clinical skills sharp and current.  Working in different set-ups both under-resourced and well equipped has given me the ability to work under a variety of circumstances and adapt rapidly, to think on my feet.  Challenges like these, only stimulate my need for more, and I have always been instinctively attracted towards Internal Medicine, perhaps the most complex and fascinating subject I have ever encountered.

 Coming from Moldova, a country struggling with crushing poverty and corruption, I have a worldview that is quite different from my academic peers.  There is a need to reach out to our diverse patients, sympathizing with differences, be they cultural or socioeconomic, an appreciation of the rich tapestry of life.  This is critically important given the vast influx of persons with varied backgrounds into America’s healthcare system.  Given my cultural competency, and ability to speak two languages competently, I will be adept at reaching out to my diverse patients.

 Fyodor Dostoevsky indicated that, “All arts including Medicine have two constant, two unending   concerns:  it always meditates on death and always creates life” representing the roots of my philosophical approach to medicine.  I do not want to become a millionaire, or famous.  I just want to continue the job I started in my country, becoming a professional ophthalmologist and a concerned patient advocate.  No other job ever has nor ever could bring me the same level of personal, professional or spiritual satisfaction.

 Thank you for your time and consideration.

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