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I am a well qualified physician and have significant experience in practicing general medicine in India together with substantial recent exposure to the US medical environment. I now feel ready to undertake a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in a challenging but supportive environment.
I excelled in science at high school, especially in biology and physics. I also wanted to have a career that involved contact with people and the opportunity to help them and so a career in medicine seemed a good choice. Such a choice involves a great deal of hard work in any country but especially in India since only 0.1% of senior secondary students seeking entry to medical school succeed in gaining admission. The medical school entrance examinations are fiercely competitive. I am very proud to be part of the small proportion that succeeded and I proffer this success as a very good indicator of my determination, intelligence and diligence.
While still at high school in India, I volunteered to work in a primary care hospital located in the countryside. I met a wonderful and inspiring doctor who used to devote half his working time in providing free treatment to indigent patients. He showed me that medicine is a vocation and not merely a career choice and I have always treated my work as such. He also fired an interest in equitable health care access and the problems of providing care to the poor and underserved and interest in resolving this problem remains with me to this day.
During undergraduate studies, I took every opportunity to join voluntary projects. Projects in which I was involved included blood donation camps, Aids awareness camps and ‘Pulse Polio’. I learned a great deal about the importance of health education and preventative medicine and retain a great interest in these vital aspects of medicine.
My first experience of internal medicine came when I was conducting research at Motalil Nehru Hospital. I was fortunate to be able to observe several excellent internists and immediately felt that this was the specialty that would most suit my skills and characteristics and was the specialty in which I could do most good. I enjoy having substantial direct patient contact; I get on well with patients of all ages and types, especially children whose company I greatly enjoy and who I am generally able to put at ease. I am aware that effective treatment can only follow accurate diagnosis and that diagnostics is an art requiring patient listening, exceptional observation and other skills, such as an appreciation of the importance of non-verbal signals. My career so far has provided me with a substantial exposure to a wide variety of conditions and patient types that will be of direct application in an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency. Internal Medicine/Pediatrics attracts me because of the breadth of experience and exposures that it offers, the variety in the working day and the opportunity to apply the significant diagnostic and bedside skills that I have developed in my work to date. It also provides the opportunity to offer primary care to underserved communities.
I have undertaken some useful medical research in the past and I regard myself as having the necessary characteristics of determination, curiosity, lateral thinking and diligence necessary for successful research and look forward to assisting in research during the residency. I am particularly interested in investigating the potential applications of alternate technologies in providing healthcare to the underserved, particularly telemedicine. I am also interested in the effects of the ‘aging population’ and on finding effective ways to deal with this new phenomenon. I hold a US Master’s degree in Health Administration and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in this discipline. These studies have provided me with an excellent understanding of healthcare provision in the US that will serve me well during my residency and beyond. They have also helped to hone my existing research skills.
I am fully aware of the need for exceptional cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of healthcare. Since arriving in the US, I have happily worked and socialized with people of many cultural and social backgrounds and look forward to extending this experience during the residency. I come from a rural background and know that country people are generally friendly, honest and open. It is my hope, ultimately, to serve in a rural community that is currently underserved in healthcare.
I know that there will be many well qualified applicants for residencies in such a popular specialty. However I genuinely believe that I am an exceptional candidate. I have a good practical grounding in medicine much of which relates to Internal Medicine and I am an experienced researcher but my main recommendation is a real passion for this specialty and a determination to acquire the specialist skills and knowledge to become an excellent practitioner.