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General Surgery Residency, Egyptian

Graduating from medical school in my native Egypt in 2003, I am now a highly dedicated international physician with more than ten years of experience practicing as a doctor in Internal Medicine with close attention to the details of surgery for many years. Most of that time was spent working long hours in the Emergency Room. It has always been my dream to serve as a surgeon and I am looking forward to being selected by your distinguished program to give my all to a total immersion experience in General Surgery.

I look forward to a long lifetime of clinical rotations, volunteer work, and participation in medical research in the field of General Surgery. I hope to contribute to the advance of medicine not only here in America but also back home in Egypt where the need for well’trained surgeons as volunteers is especially acute, given the limited resources devoted to the – even lifesaving - surgery of people of scarce resources, the poor, refuges from other parts of the Middle East, especially Syria and Iraq, etc. Each year there are increasing numbers of refugees from these countries in Egypt and neither in Iraq nor in Syria are the conflicts showing any sign of subsiding; rather, the situation seems to get progressively worse with no end in sight. Thus, I a convinced that the skills that I will acquire and perfect in your General Surgery Residency program will enable me to put these skills to very good use at the service of those who need it the most and can least afford to pay for it, especially refugees in Egypt.

I have my sights set on becoming the finest surgeon possible and hope to be selected on the basis of my great passion for general surgery supported by my extensive experience including a series of observerships over the course of the last two years here in America. This has provided me with a solid practice-based foundation in medicine that will help me to provide optimal care to my patients both pre- and post- operative. My central professional goal in medicine is to learn everything that I can about General Surgery and acquire as much skill as possible in this area so that I might contribute to advancement in a constant search for new and creative maneuvers that have the potential to save, preserve, and enrich lives. I look forward to building lasting relationships with patients and caring for them for extended periods of time.  One patient that I met in the Emergency Room in Egypt had a serious facial wound for which he needed subcuticular stitches. He continues to send me appreciative emails to this day.

I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child and came to sense the keen respect and appreciation that people have for doctors since they help people and alleviate their pain and discomfort. I told people from an early age that I wanted to be a doctor so as to bring joy to patients and their beloved ones.

I came to the USA to live 2 years ago and I am now a permanent resident. I have passed the USMLE Steps 2 ck and 2 cs and will take Step 3 this coming November. Since my arrival in the USA 2 years ago, I have completed a total of 5 observerships at 5 different medical facilities and helped out with everything that I could in assisting teams with comprehensive inpatient care, consultative service, and various outpatient services, especially those with a focus on orthopedics and general surgical services. I helped to assess patient histories and perform physical examinations alongside attending physicians, often caring for patients with acute or chronic medical issues such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, severe acute infections, and peripheral vascular disease. I also helped with post-operative follow-up for orthopedic and general surgery patients with internal medicine issues.

I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program as an Arab doctor who is well read and well traveled and finds great satisfaction in interacting with people from all ethnic groups and walks of life. I have traveled to Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands and I especially enjoy swimming, running, and soccer, playing on an Egyptian team from 1996-1999. I am very much a team player.

I thank you for considering my application to your program in General Surgery.

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