Residency Internal Medicine, ENT, Cardiology

When beginning my internship, naturally I was apprehensive. However I found myself, almost immediately, helping to handle a dengue fever epidemic. I had no time to be nervous. I was responsible for monitoring and transfusion of platelets for a packed ward. We worked hard for long hours with normal duty demarcations being ignored because there was so much to do for so many people. This is not the introduction that I would have chosen to my working life but I now believe that this was a very positive experience. It taught me to apply my initiative, how to work under pressure, how to prioritize quickly and effectively and how to be a useful team member.

 During my internship I always sought to ‘go the extra mile’ arriving early, finishing late and doing everything in a timely manner and to the very best of my ability. My efforts did not go unnoticed.  I was nominated by the Residents as ‘Best Intern’. On completion of my ENT rotation, my report read ‘Posted to us as an Intern but did the work of a Resident’. 

 From my earliest years I wanted to ‘make a difference’ rather than merely ‘make a living’ and medicine seemed to be the perfect way to combine these goals. I have never regretted my decision and feel privileged to be a physician.  I was taught by some wonderful people who emphasized that patients are not ‘bundles of symptoms’ but unique individuals worthy of respect and consideration as well as our professional care. I have always sought to put this concept into action.

 Following internship, I worked in a missionary hospital for nearly two years. The work was extremely varied and I had the autonomy to prioritize time between clinics, ward and emergencies. This independence at such an early stage in my career has given me confidence in my decision making. During this time, I came to love solving diagnostic ‘puzzles’ and believe that I have developed excellent skills in doing so. I also became very aware of the significance of non-verbal signals when dealing with patients.  

 Internal Medicine is a particularly attractive specialty to me because of the variety of the work, the direct interaction with patients of all ages and the importance of diagnostic skills. I believe that my professional experience to date provides an excellent basis for a residency in internal medicine. I have special interests in cardiology and nephrology and hope to assist in research in one or both of these areas in the future.

 I am not widely travelled internationally but come from a country which contains people of widely different cultures and religions. I am fully aware of the special need for cultural sensitivity in a medical environment. I have happily studied, worked and socialized with people from various cultural and social backgrounds and look forward to doing so in the future. I have familiarized myself, as an observer, of the medical environment and culture in the US since my arrival and am now ready to take an active part within it.

 I am aware that there will be many well qualified applicants for residencies in this specialty. However I believe that I am an exceptional candidate. I have an excellent academic record demonstrating my diligence, intelligence and capacity for work; I have substantial and successful experience of providing medical care in a hospital setting; I have carefully prepared myself for the program having been an ‘observer’ in hospitals since my arrival in the US. However my main recommendation is my single minded passion for Internal Medicine which I can hardly wait to demonstrate.

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