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Growing up in Kazakhstan, I was fortunate to see and hear the praises my mother's patients had for her. I lost my beloved mother, an amazing physician, to diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Her death by these terrible killers, made all the more intense by the inspiration and pride she instilled in me, were fertile ground for my medical career to begin. Indeed, my education was marked by many awards, beginning with a high school diploma with honors, first places in a City, Regional and Medical school Chemistry Olympiads, and my physician's diploma with honors. My career took me to the XXXX Medical Institute in Kazakhstan, a place where I spent almost seven years, building my clinical skills and experiences. My education moved quickly, and I did my internship, my surgical residency, and even became a certified translator. I worked hard and worked my way up from being a surgical assistant to a staff physician.
Coming to America was a choice born of wanting to immerse myself in medical situations that would increase my exposure to newer, cutting-edge technologies, techniques and a healthcare system that is arguably the finest in the world. To date, my experiences have far exceeded my expectations and I am proud to report that I am now a US citizen.
Entering into a quality and challenging residency program in Neurology will enable me to bring many of my goals and ambitions my dreams - to fruition. I feel that I have many life experiences that very few if any of my colleagues share, including having served in my homeland as an acting Pediatric and General Surgeon for four years, a solid foundation from which to build my clinical exposure in the US. I believe the combination of my background in Pediatrics and Surgery, and completion of training in Neurology will enhance the flexibility of my future practice in the field of Acute Neurological Care. Throughout my medical career, as a student, intern and surgeon, I have been privileged to work alongside many Neurologists. They are an integral part of any medical team, providing care throughout a patient's time whilst at hospital and beyond. Indeed, it is this contact that has led me to a good appreciation of the role of Neurology in a care of critically ill patients, intensive treatment of strokes and management of pain.
While my background has, due to circumstances and opportunities that were available at the time, has been in Pediatric Surgery, I eagerly anticipate working in broader array of clinical situations, including outpatient facilities and hospital wards. It is my intent to use my Neurology residency as a vehicle for participating in research opportunities in the field of Pathophysiology and the management of long-term sequelae of brain and spinal cord injuries in adult and Pediatric patients. I bring with me to the Neurology residency program a dynamism and creativity based on real world, hands-on practical exposure.
Actively seeking out and procuring healthcare experiences in the US, I have learned many things about the US healthcare system. During the past year, I participated in several opportunities to gain familiarity with ambulatory and in-patient features of Pediatrics, General Surgery and Internal Medicine in the settings of private offices and hospital floors. Today as an Internal Medicine resident, I see a wide range of pathology of nervous system in our patient population on a daily basis, work that has only intensified my desire to pursue Neurology at all costs.
In the most practical terms, given the influx of patients from myriad cultural backgrounds into America's healthcare system, I feel that given my heritage and experiences, that my skills are not only medical, but also cross-cultural. Through my international experiences, both in the developed and developing world, I have a solid foundation with which to work from as I serve diverse patients and work with other medical professionals of differing backgrounds. Many medical programs emphasize cultural competency, and yet, cannot impart in the lecture hall all that it truly means to be able to communicate effectively with people going through the immigrant experience. Any Anesthesiology needs to be able to quickly establish a rapport with their patients, an ability I have proven repeatedly. As an immigrant myself, I feel I have walked more than a mile in their shoes and am more sympathetic to their unique needs.
Upon becoming board certified in Neurology, I envision bringing a higher level of healthcare to the poor, needy and the underprivileged, near-literally in my own backyard, my new hometown of XXXX. How can I fail to see, as a physician myself, how so many lack adequate care? The upset and pain I feel from this situation is palpable. Ideally, I would like to practice at the metropolitan clinic that refuses care to no one, irrespective of his or her ability to pay. I have a great example to follow - hundreds of American physicians helping people in the Third World. I want to do it here, on American soil, in the greatest country in the world that embraced me as a son. Now it is my turn to give back to my new homeland of America.
It is my hope, my passion and my dream to commit myself fully to the field of Neurology. I do this for my family, my community, and for my heritage. I eagerly await my Neurology residency assignment and aspire to be an asset to the medical community. Thank you for your time and consideration.