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Residency Anesthesiology, Westernized Chinese

For me, the magic of medicine is profoundly reinforced by how we can now make even significant surgery virtually painless. This is where I find my greatest joy and pride in life as a practitioner of anesthesiology. I am searching for my first residency assignment and hope very much to be chosen by your program. I am very family-oriented, and my family is now mainly on the West Coast of the U.S. So, this is the geographical location I would prefer for my first residency assignment, preferably Washington, Oregon, or California. My family is my primary support system, especially since my father recently passed away.

I feel strongly that Chinese women have much to contribute to American medicine and that our insights are complementary to those of physicians from the West, and that we often make an excellent team. Being a team player, of course, is very Chinese. I was born in China and immigrated to Hong Kong as a child, so I was already Westernized somewhat by the time I came to the US as an exchange student at the age of seventeen. This experience taught me early on to rely on myself and be a quick thinker and learner since I came here alone without any relatives or anyone at that time. After completing high school here, I studied nursing at the University and completed my BSN. Next, I worked as a nurse for five years and then went on to medical school. I recently received my M.D. Degree.

In addition to my education, my application is strengthened considerably by my professional experience. I worked in various fields in nursing before going to medical school: medical, surgical, obstetric-gynecology, same-day surgery, rehab, nursing home, critical care, etc. Thus, I have already had a lot of exposure to various health care settings, and I am highly familiar with the practice of many different aspects of medicine. My experience in critical care nursing is especially relevant to my decision to practice anesthesiology as a physician because I have a lot of experience dealing with very sick patients who need to be constantly monitored and often need rapid life-saving interventions. I am mainly accustomed to IV monitoring and numerous other procedures that the anesthesiologist needs to have mastered. I am incredibly comfortable working in the critical area of emergency room care. I communicate well with non-native speakers of English and people from all walks of life. I keep a cool head in emergencies and work best under pressure. It is my hope as well to be able to use my linguistic skills in the course of my work as a resident physician in the area of anesthesiology. Since I am a native speaker of both Mandarin and Cantonese, I might be able to make a unique contribution to your program since there are so many immigrant speakers of these languages in America, especially on the West Coast.

I felt most at home in the practice of medicine when I was doing my rotation in anesthesiology. I take great pride and find great joy in dealing with one patient at a time, physiology, pharmacology, etc. I have received excellent evaluations primarily because I give my all and have become highly skilled at treating patients and making correct medical decisions. My most significant contribution to my society is to help people survive the Operating Room with minimal discomfort. I want to be that person who has the primary responsibility to make sure that operating room patients are safe and they do not have to suffer beyond what is necessary. This is where I find my greatest joy.

I received a full scholarship for my entire medical school education at the University of XXXX's School of Medicine in XXXX and graduated in June of 2007. I did my rotations in Anesthesiology and received high marks on my evaluations and in my other Internal Medicine courses. I look forward to bringing my outstanding credentials to your residency program and working shoulder to shoulder to make the experience of anesthesia everything it should be in our modern world of advanced medicine. I want to thank you for your consideration of my application.

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