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MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Doctor, Yemen

 

A Cardiologist trained in Egypt as well as my native Yemen, I am applying to study towards the Master’s Degree in Public Health at XXXX University (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) because my extended family and I have all chosen XXXX as our home and we are most happy with our choice. A permanent resident of the USA since 2014, I have spent the past two years since I arrived in America working towards independent financial security, building a business along with other family members here in XXXX. Now that our business enterprise is flourishing, I can afford to return to my education and re-train here in America for further professional advancement.

I hope to be admitted to XXXX University’s MPH Program on the basis of fact that I am a medical doctor trained in my native Yemen, a country which is in desperate need of assistance from the international medical community since it is one of the poorest countries in the world with the least developed public health infrastructure and beset by political instability and war off and on again for decades.

Now 34 years old, when I was 12 years old my family fled violence in our part of Yemen and sought refuge in Saudi Arabia. I returned to Yemen for medical school because Yemenis are not eligible to attend medical school in Saudi Arabia. I received my permanent residency in the USA in April of 2014. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to complete high school in Saudi Arabia as this gave my education an international flavor, exposing me to young people from a large variety of countries and cultures, the children of guest workers like my own parents. Through this period in Saudi Arabia my English improved rapidly since it is the chosen international language and I studied it intensively as part of my academic curriculum as well as practicing it with other young people from places like the Philippines where Saudi Arabia’s workers are drawn.

After finishing medical school, I completed my first internship in Internal Medicine in Yemen (08-07/10-07) followed by an internship in Surgery (11-07/01-08), Pediatrics (02-08/04/08), and Obstetrics  & Gynecology (05-08/07-08) followed by a full year of residency in Internal Medicine from (10-08/10-09). In 2009, I moved to Egypt to advance my career in medicine and by 2013 I was studying towards a Master’s Degree in Cardiology.  First, I fulfilled a 9 month residency assignment in Internal Medicine with the Cairo University Faculty of Medicine in Cairo and then went on to serve the same teaching university as a resident Cardiologist for three years, from July of 2010 through July of 2013. One of the primary reasons why I chose Cardiology as my medical specialty is that Ischemic heart disease took my grandfather and potentially threatens my entire family.

After a brief return to Saudi Arabia, I moved to the USA where I have established a permanent home and now hope to distinguish myself as a very hard working graduate student in your MPH program at XXXX University. I am pleased that I will bring to your program extensive medical experience serving in both a Third World country (Yemen) and a Second World country (Egypt) where the practice of medicine is significantly more developed but still lags far behind the way medicine is practiced in America.

Successive waves of civil war have gradually destroyed almost the entire health system in Yemen. Poverty is so severe that many have at most limited access to drinking water and a majority of the population suffers from food insecurity. Illiteracy rates are very high, especially for women and girls, which makes everything worse. Sanitation is abysmal and diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, much less a problem in other parts of the Middle East, spread rapidly in Yemen. Maternal, neonatal, infant and child mortality is very high – among the highest on the globe along with neighbors like Somalia and South Sudan. I hope I can help to improve the level of health in my country and throughout the region by participate in studies and scientific research, particularly that related to strengthening Yemen’s national health care system. I keenly look forward to learning how to successfully combat epidemics and infectious diseases, reducing morbidity – especially among children, along with maternal, neonatal, and infant mortality rates.

My long term goal is to work as a public health professional down the road always paying special attention to Yemen in particular and the Middle East and North Africa more generally speaking, flying back and forth for years to come between this magical land of my birth afflicted with such suffering, and my newly adopted home, America, to which we look for assistance and hope. I want to contribute to the control of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV/AIDS at the same time that we radically improve the quality of health services and increase their utilization. Central to my own initiatives will be the development of emergency obstetric care services. I would enjoy very much teaching Public Health at some point at Aden University where I studied medicine in Yemen.

I want to study on the cutting edge at XXXX and learn everything that I can about the causes of diseases and ways to prevent them. My studies in Public Health will inspire and enable me to achieve a professional stature that will be effective at working alongside the government – in whatever form it may exist at the time or who it may be – in a search for sustainable solutions to problems in a non-existent to dysfunctional health system resulting from poverty, war, regime change, corruption, widespread religious, tribal, and political violence. My central dream is to work with or out of the WHO’s local office in Yemen.

I dearly love the commitment of my time to medicine: daily morning meetings in the hospital, the newly admitted cases each day, follow-ups, scientific research, and especially everything having to do with cardiology. I have participated at some level with a variety of public health awareness campaigns in Yemen and Egypt. Among the highlights have been the polio vaccinations in my city, Aden, along with several awareness programs for malaria and breast cancer. In both countries I have provide blood pressure screening and offer information to those at risk for hypertension and diabetes

Dengue fever is again becoming a problem in Yemen, and the WHO has drawn up a 5-year strategic plan to scale up preparedness and response activities for dengue fever prevention and control. I am currently studying this plan closely and could not find it more exciting, strengthening surveillance and early warning systems in high risk areas; implementing additional campaigns  to control the vector, training physicians on clinical management of dengue and intensifying health education among population. TB is also a major problem in Yemen, the 4th cause of death; 2000- 2500 people die every year. Tourists, in particular, suffer from Typhoid and Malaria is all too common. Yemen is where I want to focus because it is my country, my home, my people and when we fled to Saudi Arabia I already had my heart set on becoming a doctor. Because I grew up in an area where Malaria was one of the main causes of death, I read a lot about malaria, educating my friends and neighbors about how to avoid getting infected.

Participating at scientific conferences in internal medicine and cardiology have been the highlights of my life so far, especially The Annual Congress of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology. I have learned from traveling between several countries how to deal with people from many different cultures, races, and walks of life. I live to help foster community capability, individual competence and capacity, economic resilience, and social inclusion.

I have been close to the misery of people's lives in some of the poorest villages in the world to vaccinate children and I have helped numerous people who I have found near death in public spaces. One of my hobbies is writing, I like to write short stories, and I wrote about five short stories and participated in the annual university competition, all of which took first place.

I thank you for considering my application to Public Health at XXXX University.

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