I feel strongly that I am fully qualified for a residency position in Ob/Gyn because of my intense interest in and dedication to women´s health, coupled with my extensive experience in this area of medicine. I come from India, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world in rural areas. Thus, I have been especially concerned with women´s reproductive health since early on in my career. During my first clinical rotation in Obstetrics at XXXX hospital, for example, a 600 bed hospital for women and newborns I worked with many complicated pregnancies and with mothers that had enjoyed little to no prenatal care. Throughout the course my education and practice, I have always went that extra mile to stay abreast of women´s health issues and to provide them with the finest care possible. I am especially devoted to lifelong education in this area and I look forward to constantly struggling for further improvement in coming years. I have achieved a very high degree of focus and patience; and I am a compassionate person that gets along very well with my colleagues. Practicing medicine in the area of Obstetrics and Gynecology has long been my life-long dream as a result of my profound respect for parenthood and the privilege of being accepted to join your team will fulfill both personal and career goals for which I have been laboring throughout my entire adult life.
Born and raised in a small village in the southern part of India, I am a humble man who has always worked very hard to achieve his dream. My interest in medicine began to take shape in earnest as an adolescent when I watched my brother suffering from appendicitis. We were told that the operation must be done within 24 hours or that he would die. I will never forget the fear in my mother’s eyes, especially since we had to travel several hundred kilometers in order to arrive at a hospital where the surgery could safely take place. On the way, I had fantasies of being able to operate on my brother myself, save his life, take the acute pain away from my mother. In my youthful mind the physician became a symbol almost like a god, with the ultimate power, that of being able to save lives. Since that time, I have worked very hard every day of my life to become the best possible physician.
When I was in final year medical college, I was posted to a rural community health center as a medical officer. And I was part in charge of the successful delivery of medical services to patients with every type of health care need. Since that time, I have become especially fascinated by the wide variety of roles played by obstetricians and gynecologists. There are still many villages like mine in India with little to no quality health care. It is my hope that in the future I will be able to return to India for periods of time to help develop medical facilities for the poor and underserved, especially with respect to enhancing the quality of care for mothers and their newborn children.
I worked hard to get into medical school, XXXX Medical College, among the top medical schools in India and I have learned to be highly adaptive, a quick learner who is comfortable treating people from all walks of life. I am highly adept at assimilating to new cultures and an excellent communicator with people who speak with a broad variety of accents. India has so many languages and cultures that this helped me to refine this high degree of flexibility, quickly adapting to local languages so as to better understand patients’ feelings. Throughout my clinical rotations, I have vastly benefitted from my conversations with professors, physicians, and other senior health care workers who have been willing to share their professional knowledge and experiences with me. I am currently working in the area of women's health, doing basic science research on ovarian and endometrial cancer. The goal of our laboratory research is to develop targeted therapeutic approaches for ovarian cancer using adeno-associated vital vectors.
I have extensive leadership experience in the medical field, especially as a result of serving as a supervisor for outreach workers with the DOT [Directly Observed Treatment] Program for TB. I have an excellent academic record, enjoy learning and I am very eager to become active in educational initiatives. I have grown very comfortable and confident speaking to patients and their families at times in their lives when they often feel panic and helplessness. With two years of experience doing surgery rotations, I have become highly adept at practicing the highest standards of clinical proficiency in surgery and I feel strongly that this experience will serve me well as a resident in Ob/Gyn. I look forward with great zeal to participating in research in the future, medical writing and critical appraisal. I have also learned a great deal about public health and medical issues here in America by completing two semesters in Health Studies at Texas XXXX University in XXXX. Of special value and relevance have been my courses in cultural diversity as it related to health care. In India, I was uncomfortable with the observation of how some health-care professional tend to burden patients with too much information or are not sufficiently open to hearing patient requests or questions; my educational experience in Texas has helped me to more fully appreciate the way in which patient-doctor dialogue is influenced by educational and especially cultural factors.
A critical thinker with refined problem solving skills, and an excellent communicator, I am always compassionate to patients, serving as their advocate. My diverse life experiences have helped me to realize that I possess the determination, resilience, mental strength, and compassion to succeed as valuable asset to you medical team. A residency position in Obstetrics & Gynecology will allow me to fulfill both personal and professional aims. Later, I plan to complete a fellowship in gynecological oncology in order to integrate my interests in this area with cancer treatment. In the future, I hope to maintain close ties with research institutions. At only 28 years old, I still have a lot to learn, but a lifetime ahead of me and a most positive attitude. I also make it a point to maintain an open mind and heart, constantly cultivating humility, diligence, perseverance. I take great delight in serving others and laboring to make them well, especially mothers bringing forth new ones.