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Residency Pathology, Chinese


I was born in Northeast China's Jilin Province, the so-called Manchuria region in the past. It remains an economically underdeveloped region at present. My family was relatively impoverished when I was a child. My uncle and aunt devoted significant attention to my education. They could hardly make their ends meet, but they squeezed out money to send me to the best local school at the time. As early as three years old, I began to learn how to play a traditional Chinese musical instrument called pipa and could manage to play solo among other famous classical melodies, the Spring River and Flowers Under Moonlight and the High Mountains and Flowing Rivers. The latter song originated more than millennia ago, a favorite melody that gave vent to an emotion of seeking someone keenly appreciative of one's talent. It struck me with feelings of love and accompanied me all through my high school and university life in my quest for knowledge and ideas.

I studied at the middle school attached to Northeast China Teachers' University. It was a crucial school in the province with some national prestige. I was always within the fifth rank in academic performance. During my junior middle school period, I was always among the best successful candidates in provincial English, chemistry, physics, and mathematics contests. At the senior middle school stage, I got first prize in chemistry and third prize in mathematics in the national Olympic competitions administered in Jilin Province. I am grateful to my middle school for the solid foundation laid in my academic studies.

That I selected medical science as my major in college entrance examination was partly because I loved organic chemistry and psychology and, more importantly, because I had an impulse of emotion on a medical errand during my old middle school days. My mother once suffered from acute pain in the abdomen. My father and I rushed her to the hospital. A young doctor diagnosed her case as ureteral calculus and gave her a pain-killing injection, but to no avail. The doctor seemed helpless and shrugged off the patient. I could do nothing but silently witness my mother's painful facial expression. Right at that time, there came a peasant who a poisonous snake bit for first-aid help. But the doctor transferred him to another hospital, admitting that he could not cure any snakebite cases. Although my mother and that peasant got fixed in the hospital later, the two incidents struck me so profoundly with the idea: What a lousy need for skillful, experienced, and ethical doctors for the sake of humanity! Since then, I have decided to study medical science and become a highly qualified doctor. That was why I abandoned the chance of being selected into the Chemical Department of Jilin University without an entrance examination because of my distinguished scholastic aptitudes in senior middle school. That department ranked second in the chemical departments of all universities in China, second only to that of Beijing University. Despite that golden chance, I applied for the medical specialty without hesitation. Where there is a will, there is the way. In 1995 I entered Beijing University Medical College's seven-year combined Bachelor-Master degree program through entrance examination with prominent scores. I was awarded a scholarship as an outstanding entrant. This was a turning point in my lifetime. It left me with an indelible impression, revelation, and self-confidence. It taught me to make every effort to achieve my ideal and never to yield for the sake of a sedentary life. I was convinced I would be successful as long as I had an idea and self-confidence. It's the extra strength men can always find within themselves when they know they must.

I first studied in the Life Science College of Beijing University and laid a solid and extensive groundwork in natural science. The intense academic atmosphere fostered in me a spirit to crave freedom and creation and a strong sense of mission and responsibility. Then I studied in the Medical College, where I grasped a wealth of basic medical knowledge, establishing a foundation for my clinic work in the subsequent years. I played an active role in the collegiate human body science association and psychological association and the creation of a medical student publication. Finally, I studied and practiced in Beijing University's No. 1 Hospital, an eighty-odd-year-old modernized comprehensive clinical hospital for teaching and scientific research and a key training base under the Ministry of Health. Here I further expanded my scope of medical knowledge, cultivated in me a spirit for meticulous and sophisticated academic thinking and a strong sense of cooperation and responsibility.

As the subject of my graduation thesis, I chose the surgical treatment of unstable degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. Pain in the waist and lower extremities is a common and frequently recurring ailment in China, haunting some 22% of the population. To produce a well-written thesis, I consulted a large amount of relevant technical literature. I undertook many field trips, conducting detailed investigations and collecting essential data to make my idea substantial. My supervisor evaluated my thesis as excellent, and the propositions that I raised in the view are not only of tremendous social benefit but also display its pioneering value among my peers abroad.

Meanwhile, I developed a great interest in pathology, the golden standard, the compass, and the reliable cornerstone for clinic work. The discipline seemed to expose me to the vivid scenes of the organic human body fighting against the virus and to the surgeon rescuing the healthy organisms of the human body. For me, the noblest ideal of life is to be able to save the life of my fellow creatures with my efforts. The readiness to save another's life (sometimes even at the expense of one's own) constitutes an incredibly precious human virtue in this modern world, which is replete with violent confrontations and mutual brutality. A medical professional can compensate for such adversity by mastering the necessary technical expertise, which he can apply to alleviate the sufferings of his patients. We can trace pathology back to ancient Greek Hippocrates. It has ramified into modern organ pathology, cellular pathology, and molecular pathology. With the establishment of many new and marginal faculties, pathology has achieved a breakthrough in its cognition of diseases at the level of cells and sub-cells. It has now penetrated the realm of particles, genetic mutation, and chromosome aberration in understanding disorders. I am determined to confront this new challenge and stand on the crest of the tide, whereby I shall make some meritorious service to humanity. A burning desire is kindled within me to further my medical studies in the United States, the leading country in the world in the development of science and technology.

My pathology application is motivated by the following considerations: 1. to develop a good command of the latest knowledge in the field of pathology, which only the United States can offer; 2. to be well-trained in the acquisition of advanced research methodology and ideology; 3. to accumulate sufficient practical experience with which to achieve essential breakthroughs and make discoveries in my chosen field; 4. to construct a firm basis, both theoretical and empirical, for my future career. To realize the primary objectives, I intend to include the following activities in my future study plan: 1. mastering the fundamental theory and knowledge in pathology; 2. actively participating in laboratory work and acquiring advanced research methods; 3. discovering issues of interest and following the latest development and the literature in the related field; 4. consulting senior professors for valuable advice and exchanging ideas with my fellow students to improve myself in collective activities and offer possible assistance to others; 5. I am extensively integrating myself into American society as a whole and expanding my cultural horizons.

I cherish great admiration for George Washington, who, as Commander in Chief of the colonial armies, led the American people to win a war that most considered impossible. He readily offered his service to his country when the American people most needed him. His selfless contributions to his country derived from his strong sense of national responsibility, his grit, and his spirit of perseverance. When he retired from his office, he devoted himself to his family and worked as an ordinary farmer on his farm in Mount Vernon. He has reached the state that ancient Chinese sages summarized in words: To own the whole empire when accomplished and to perfect himself when secluded. I admire him for his bravery and self-confidence. At the same time, I love the Chinese melody High Mountains and Flowing Rivers." In my pursuit of the ultimate meaning of life and academic ideals, I believe I will find wise minds who will be keenly appreciative of my talent at the homeland of George Washington on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

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