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Plastic Surgery Residency, Iranian

A very hard worker and a dedicated student, I am a humble doctor who seeks to become a highly successful surgeon, particularly effective, creative, and always open to discovery and improvement. I especially appreciate the way in which surgery is such a highly specialized field, requiring enormous diligence and a desire for knowledge in many different areas of medicine.

I date my interest in practicing medicine to approximately the age of 6, when my parents informed me that surgery for my Atrial Septal Defect was not available in Iran. Fortunately, an Iranian-American surgeon flew into his land of origin periodically to help those who most needed surgery that was unavailable. This surgeon saved my life. As a result, I have never dreamed about anything else professionally except becoming the finest surgeon possible.

I completed medical school at the Isfahan University where I was given the opportunity to explore many aspects of medicine and shadow a broad variety of residents. Nevertheless, it has always been surgery that has captivated my heart. As a medical student and beyond, I have progressively developed a more mature and realistic understanding of surgery in a myriad of situations. In 2008, I began my general surgery residency at Isfahan University in which provided surgery around the clock; the long hours provided me with an immense learning opportunity. During my residency I was focused and a very hard worker, learning was my first love, every day, as much as I could and as rapidly as possible from everyone with whom I come into contact at the hospital. My greatest strength was probably my dedication to my team and our constant labor to enhance our surgical skills. What inspires me most and drives me forward is the privilege of watching the patient recover from day to day.

In 2011, I found my central calling through the privilege of working with the Mission XXXX Group that includes several plastic surgeons who travel to underserved and underprivileged communities around the world to perform surgeries in countries lacking adequate medical facilities; including Africa, Afghanistan and Iran. Prior to my involvement, I always thought of plastic surgery as a cosmetic procedure; however, after becoming a part of this mission team, I realized the power that reconstructive surgeries had to drastically improve people’s lives. It was this vision drove me to spend observation for 2 months in XXXX University with utmost determination and diligence. Along the way, I sought out mentors in plastic surgery who exemplified true commitment to the pursuit and perfection of plastic surgery. The creative, physical, and intellectual challenge to restore form and function in everything from simplest local flap rearrangement to the most complex hand injury reconstruction enthralled me. I was so moved and impressed, I decided to continue my education in the plastic surgery field and began my plastic surgery residency in 2014. After a year in my program, my wife accepted an orthodontics residency at XXU and we decided to immigrate to the United States with the hope of a better life and the pursuit of greater academic opportunities.

In 2015, I started my Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship at the XXX Medical Center at Westchester. Besides research in different projects and participating for writing a book chapter, I have been given the opportunity to get involved in more difficult cases involving reconstruction, aesthetics, and trauma.  Additionally, I got a chance to practical my dreams and start my cooperation as a surgeon with the Mission XXXX Group. In my first trip to Africa I saw huge number of children with severe burns, many with their fingers adhered to their palm so we started to fix the damages, I excitedly realized they would eventually regain function of their little hands, so I understood that Plastic surgery emphasizes the highest of expectations and skilled precision in an amazing field that can't be matched - I have found my place in medicine.

Since returning to the USA. I have helped prepare a surgical training curriculum to teach medical students in Tanzania the basics of surgery and also evaluated their progress via weekly videoconference to continue the training program when we were not on location. I feel that I am especially well prepared to excel in your competitive residency program at plastic surgery because my current residency experience has greatly enhanced my vision and leadership skills as I have come to better understand and be able to tackle the systemic issues and challenges that always help my team to overcome any obstacle.

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