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Residency Internal Medicine, Dr Father, India

November 2, 2015

I was born, raised, studied and qualified in India and have been in the US since May 2010 gaining clinical experience. I am especially interested in Internal Medicine and seek to complete a residency in that specialty with a view, ultimately, to returning to India to open a hospital offering high quality but low cost care to disadvantaged communities.

I was fortunate to be born into a relatively prosperous family with a doctor father who was dedicated to his patients and has been an inspirational figure throughout my life. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a doctor too and I have never wavered in this early decision and consider medicine to be much more a vocation than a mere career choice. I excelled in my studies and was awarded the MBBS degree with high marks this year and have published research. I stand at the outset of my medical career with high hopes of doing as much good in the world as I can by acquiring and applying advanced medical skills and knowledge.

I consider that I can attain my goals by specializing in Internal Medicine and being exposed to the most advanced techniques and equipment by beginning this specialty in the US. I want to be at the ‘front line’ being in direct contact with a wide variety of patients and conditions. I have a particular interest in diagnosis and diagnostic techniques that I know I will be able to develop in this specialty. I am aware that a good ‘bedside manner’ is vital in Internal Medicine and I believe I have this skill and wish to develop it further in my future work. I have also become aware in my work to date of the importance of non-verbal communication when dealing with distressed or anxious patients hope to develop my facility for interpreting and reacting appropriately to such signals.

I hope to undertake research in the areas of Endocrinology especially Diabetes and Critical Care. My career dream would be to discover the definitive treatment for Diabetes. I also hope to be involved in teaching, I am a qualified ACLS trainer. I received excellent feedback from my trainees and consider that I have some talent for passing on knowledge and thoroughly enjoy doing so.

My very first patient died. All the theory and training did not prepare me to witness the death of a 12 year old boy, the cherished son of poor peasant parents who reacted with visceral distress to his loss. It was a great lesson to me. If I had ever been tempted to regard patients as mere ‘bundles of symptoms’, this event cured me of the idea. I know that each patient is an individual worthy of my respect and consideration.

I have undertaken volunteer work amongst low income school pupils and their families in Vijayawada, India. I undertook a study of the nutritional status of the children and provided them and their families with some basic information about hygiene and the ways to retain and enhance nutrients when cooking food. This was a very rewarding and moving experience and one that, I am confident, has provided substantial benefits for the families. I presented a paper on this work for which I was awarded 2nd place in a national competition.  While studying, I was also heavily involved in organizing and participating in numerous medical related extra-curricular activities in order to broaden and deepen my knowledge and to enable my fellow students to do so.

I am fully aware of the special need for cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of healthcare. I now have some experience of the medical environment in the US and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and have interacted with people of many diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

I am aware that Internal Medicine is a popular specialty and there will be many well qualified applicants for residency programs. However I genuinely consider myself to be an exceptional candidate. I have obtained high marks in my MBBS degree and have been awarded significant honors for academic excellence and specialist studies. These facts will, I hope, confirm to you that I am an intelligent and diligent person. The quality and worth of my research will convey an idea of my passion for medicine and my determination to be of real value to the general and the medical communities. The extent and breadth of my extracurricular activities will provide an indication of my willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ in seeking and sharing many kinds of medical knowledge and skills. I also believe that, because my particular skills and interests, I have the potential to become an excellent Internist. 

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