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Residency Internal Medicine, Personal Growth

I strive for excellence in all that I do, and the results are incontestable. The results exhibit knowledge that is thorough, understanding that is complete, and speak of a passion for unrivaled success. Am I competitive? Indeed, in this day and age where there is a high degree of competition, I must do all I can to stand out amongst the myriad throngs of students vying for those precious few positions. And then, there are my maxims for unrivaled success.

Personal growth has been as significant to me as my aspiration to become a doctor. I wanted to attain a balance in my life by involving myself in various extra-curricular activities. I achieved this by playing volleyball and cricket for my university team. I wasn't satisfied simply being a player of cricket or volleyball; I felt a passion for leading a team. I maintained the position of captain for the volleyball and cricket teams for three of my university years. Many leadership lessons learned or implemented on the pitch are transferable off the rise in the professional arena. Indeed, my leadership skills were tested when I was honored to be a platoon commander in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, the most prestigious event organized by the Indian army. Through these experiences, I have gained leadership skills and learned how to work in a team and build highly efficient relationships.

For the last seven years, I have been a part of the medical community. Even before I narrowed down my choice of specialty to Internal Medicine, I was firmly on the path to becoming a medical doctor. It began with the PULSE Polio Immunization Program, a program where I spent three years working as a coordinator, motivator, and service provider. Any good doctor knows that prevention is better than cure. I dedicated myself entirely to this program, whether passing out pamphlets or helping with televised advertisements; humble beginnings, but the seeds had been planted. I continued my volunteer work by working at Blood Donation Camps, an AIDS Awareness Campaign at XXXX medical school, and analyzing the reasons for the prevalence of fluorosis in the Nalgonda district. Indeed, I used my volunteer work to connect with doctors and conduct research on their behalf or under their supervision.

These past two years, I have interned in four locations. The experiences have been incredible, diverse, and challenging and have only cemented my determination to join the field of Internal Medicine. My educational background in medicine and radiology has proved to be an excellent foundation for my work. Yet, nothing in the classroom compares to working with doctors, nurses, technicians, or the patients they serve in primary health care centers, hospitals, or surgery situations.

Excellence in medicine means not only staying well-practiced but staying current as well, which is essential for patient care. This is something I take very seriously.   For the past five years, I have attended and participated in presentations, and national conferences, including the national doctor's convention (PULSE). By participating in these events, I have not only continued my education but have been able to interact with other doctors, health care providers, and exhibitors.

Internal Medicine as a specialty occurred to me while doing my internship with the diagnostic radiology department of XXXX Hospital. Not only was I exposed to many diagnostic studies and modalities, I deliberately acquainted myself with various procedures such as hysterosalpingogram, transcatheter embolization, vertebroplasty, cerebral angiography, and coiling of the aneurysm, removal of inferior vena cava filter, and different CT-guided procedures. I was impressed by how specific life-saving procedures were done with minimal invasion. Since then, I have worked in the radiology department at various hospitals, trying to learn as much as possible. As I studied further, I realized how profoundly similar the approaches to medicine are within the disciplines of Internal Medicine and Interventional Radiology. Both specialties aim to be as minimally invasive as possible, preferring a non-surgical procedure and a greater reliance upon drugs or other therapies.

One can only get so much experience and knowledge from text, so I have actively increased my exposure to Internal Medicine by participating in medical student-directed lectures and conferences.   I find the courses and seminars more dynamic, an extension of the classroom, a place where I can interact with professionals and find answers to my questions rapidly, or as a tantalus for more research. I have seen nothing that underscores the importance of this specialty more than the increasing ability to diagnose through complex investigations correctly and apply non-surgical techniques to subject a patient to as little and, frankly, often unnecessary treatment as possible. Accuracy of disease diagnosis is paramount, and imagery increases accuracy, not surgical exploration. When you increase the accuracy of diagnosis, you increase the quality of medicine and care.

I spoke earlier of my need to be the best in my chosen field. I have chosen Internal Medicine, received honors in my rotations, an accomplishment shared by very few, and maintained an impeccable grade point average throughout medical school. I will bring to the field of Internal Medicine my passion for excellence and leadership and will catalyze the betterment of the field, for the benefit of our patients.

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