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Internal Medicine Residency, Caribbean

My deep interest in Biology stems from the first class that I attended in college and I became more and more fascinated as my studies progressed. In my studies, I became aware of the complexity of chemical reactions in the human body and from that I acquired an interest in disease and its treatment and ultimately decided that I wanted to become a physician. I now regard this more as a vocation than a simple career choice. I am passionate about medicine and in extending the availability of healthcare, having witnessed the sad results where it is lacking or insufficiently accessible.

 I chose Internal medicine because of the intellectual challenge and exposure to a wide variety of patients and diseases. I was particularly inspired by the work required of us in my Internal medicine rotation, which called for students to provide solutions to initially very puzzling diagnostic problems and for the application of a ‘whole body’ approach to patient care.  My choice also arises because of an interest in the sophisticated mechanisms of the body but have since come to a deep appreciation of the fact that humans are more than the sum of their physical mechanisms. I have come to understand the need for a ‘holistic’ approach to patients and that each person is unique and worthy of dignified and individual understanding. I have also begun to realize that an understanding of non-verbal communication is an essential element in judging a patient’s needs and feelings. A career in Internal medicine represents a decision to apply scientific knowledge to advance the care and wellness of other human beings. I am committed in a personal way to this humanitarian tradition.

 I have happily studied, worked and socialized with people of many different cultural and social backgrounds. By reason of my own background and experiences, I am culturally sensitive and aware and I know how important this is in medicine. I have received many appreciative letters from patients that I have helped to treat and believe that this demonstrates my ability to interact positively with patients who sense a genuine and personal interest in them.

 I have participated in various volunteer activities related to medicine in the Caribbean, Canada and United states. These included providing palliative care to geriatric patients and in assisting in their recreational activities, providing free ‘health screening’ and education about the risk of heart disease. I have thoroughly enjoyed these activities and I hope to undertake other volunteer activities during participation in the Residency program.

 I have served as an officer in various college societies. This has provided me with experience of effective team work, prioritization, organization, leadership and delegation. I was also selected to assist in teaching at my medical school which demonstrates the confidence of my teachers in my ability to effectively communicate facts and concepts verbally and in writing and this teaching experience has extended that ability – a skill that I seek to channel into a career in Internal medicine.

I am a very diligent worker as is demonstrated by the results and honors awarded to me throughout my academic career. My ultimate goal is to become an effective and highly qualified physician and to assist in reducing the barriers to healthcare access in the underserved areas. It is my intention to apply myself fully and enthusiastically to the residency program and I am confident that I will be an asset to your residency class. I also feel that my background will enable me to provide useful insights into the healthcare needs of those from the less well developed countries.

 I am aware that the residency program will attract many well qualified applicants. However, I genuinely consider that I am a suitable candidate. I have the personal qualities necessary to become a first class Internist, the academic ability not merely to succeed but to excel and, most importantly, a passionate interest in the ever advancing and developing field of Internal medicine and in spreading the benefits of those advances and developments as widely as possible throughout the world.

 Pursuing my residency at your institution would give me access to a renowned faculty and academic resources that would allow me to maximize my potential and base my chosen career on a very solid foundation.

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