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Despite the substantial hurdles one needs to cross in order to enter medical school in my homeland, I succeeded. From the time I was a teenager, I have had an intense interest in life sciences, and was ready to commit myself to the path of medicine. With hard work and resolute dedication, I earned among the highest scores on the common pre-medical entrance exam out of over 100, 000 other aspirants, all clambering for those precious few positions available at one of India's most prestigious medical schools.
During my time in medical school, I found that Internal Medicine stimulated the greatest level of curiosity on my part. My clinical rotations brought me into contact with many patients that fueled my learning of a myriad number of disease processes. It was on these rotations that I encountered one particular disease, time and again, a disease that has greatly affected my family as well as my patients, diabetes. This terrible disease, and its close connection with my family through a genetic predisposition to the disease, has only made me more determined to pursue a lifelong path of research into this disease. I hope to make my contribution to the medical field by finding better ways of managing this deadly disease, and helping combat the assorted complications that diabetes patients typically fall victim to. My own university in India was in a region that has the highest prevalence of infectious diseases in the country, such as Filariassis, Liptospirosis and Dengue Fever. For this reason, my school has one of India's top virology research institutes. Because of the state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities available, I was able to participate in many research activities dealing with infectious diseases, working with national immunization programs and other primary health care prevention programs.
My dreams of becoming a United States citizen began taking shape when I was selected to join the Health Science Center at the University of XXXX, one of the nation's top research groups in the area of diabetes. These past three years working with Professor XXXX has been a great education and an honor, as he is a world-famous research scientist who as won many awards for his research as a clinician of diabetes with especially highly advanced diagnosing techniques as well as management strategies.
Continuing my relationship with Internal Medicine and, particularly, clinical research into diabetes, I completed a Master's Degree in the Clinical Science Center which exposed me to many different projects of great importance, including an examination of insulin secretary defects, insulin sensitivity defects induced by obesity, and studies involving the latest long acting insulin and its management in uncontrolled diabetic patients. Currently, I am researching NASH and completing a randomized double-blind study for its treatment with pharmaceuticals. My clinical work is extensive, and I have performed literally hundreds of procedures with hyperglycemic, euglycemic clamps technique, Radioisotope turnover studies, OGTTs and other major investigative tools in diabetes and non-diabetic subjects. Throughout this time, it has been my responsibility to organize and arrange research data, write manuscripts, abstracts, and prepare and present articles in journal clubs.
Hard work and perseverance have brought me a great sense of pride in my work. Nothing has brought me as much satisfaction as to present my papers these past three years at ADA scientific sessions. This past year, presenting one of my key studies - investigating the effect of an acute lipid infusion for the impaired insulin secretion in subjects genetically predisposed to type 2 diabetes mellitus - to be presented at the upcoming EASAD Conference in Rome this September.
Contact with patients is just as important to me, if not more so, than clinical research, and I have had the opportunity to shadow the faculty from several departments, assisting them with their medical and endocrine clinical rounds. These experiences have helped me to keep my clinical skills sharp and to stay abreast of the latest clinical management methods and strategies from the bedside perspective.
Throughout my academic career, I have learned many things, how to be a good clinician, technician, writer and more; a good doctor. However, my four years of mission work, volunteering for the Daughters of Heart of Mary in India, taught me the most quintessential elements necessary to be a great doctor: compassion, caring, understanding, humanity and respect. I continue to volunteer my time for those who do not have access to medical care with Children in Need, focusing on mission work in Zambia. I have heard it said that the door of a priest should always be open, but the door of a doctor should never be closed. It is my intention to never close the door my heart or my passion for medicine to anyone, to help the poor, sick and needy at all costs.
I look forward to bringing my experience in Internal Medicine and my expertise in diabetes to your program and I am very excited by the prospect of being granted an interview for a residency position with you in the area of Internal Medicine.