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Psychiatry and Mental Health Residency, Indian


I am a doctor who, over the course of the last few years, has earned her MPH as well as learning and teaching various complimentary energy healing therapies that could assist the patients in your program a great deal in their recovery, healing and relieving stress. Thus, I like to think that I am a strong candidate and have a lot to offer a Residency Program in Psychiatry and Mental Health. Since completing my MPH Degree, I have been employed by the XXXX Department of Public Health working in the area of emergency preparedness.

Originally from India, a mother, and a doctor who is a US citizen, after finishing medical school I began a residency program in Internal Medicine at XXXX Hospital in Detroit, MI in July of 2011. This was the high point of my professional life for the first six months, until January of 2012, when I was forced by circumstances to resign my residency position in order to protect my children. Unfortunately, as my medical career made progress and was filling my professional life like never before, my marriage descended into a bitter and sometimes violent struggle over our children—police were called on numerous occasions, charges brought back and forth. XXXX Residency program was gracious enough to present me a three-month leave but I felt that this would not be long enough since I found myself at the mercy of the legal system which does not move very quickly.

I made two critical mistakes in my life that had nothing to do with medicine but ultimately caused great damage to my career as a doctor. First, I married a man from a fundamentalist religious family with strict expectations concerning the religious education of his children. Secondly, and even worse, I agreed at first, in our initial divorce agreement, to allow the children to be educated back in India at the religious school in question. I honored my agreement and they went; both got sick, both were abused, and both were extremely unhappy. So, as their mother, when they came back to the USA on school vacation, and that vacation ended and it was time to board the plane to go back to India, I had to take a firm action to safeguard my children's wellbeing by keeping them in the United States and, as a consequence, had to fight a legal case in what was still a strange country to which I was only becoming adjusted little by little at that time. I won; my children did not return to India and they are now happy and healthy with a shared parenting arrangement and increasingly self-sufficient living here and going to school.

I think I would be able to make my finest contribution to medicine at this time in the field of Psychiatry and Mental Health because of what I have learned over the course of the last three years, earning my MPH Degree, working as an intern at the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and also practicing as a holistic wellness coach with a focus on integrative energy. I am ready to hit the ground running and never falter in the face of long hours of service giving my all to your program. I plan to devote as much time as possible to our underserved communities always with an eye towards creative public health initiatives. I am associated with Healthy Cleveland initiative as an intern, involved in a kind of preventive counseling services for teens from under-served areas of the city (to prevent them from substance abuse. My public health experience reinforced my interest in mental health and also provided me with an enhanced awareness of information gaps that would help me as a practitioner in any setting in the medical field. I am highly interested in integrative community psychiatry and primary care.

The last couple of years have helped me to become a much better person through continuous self growth on multiple levels. I feel much more knowledgeable about integrative care in particular and more empathic towards my fellow human beings generally speaking. Upon being accepted to your program and returning to the practice of Medicine, I will be better at what I do than I was before because I have learned to appreciate the importance of treating the patient holistically, with compassion and wisdom that takes into account a variety of factors from psychological to socio-economic. I can identify with many diverse cultures and languages and have acquired understanding to relate well to people from all different backgrounds.  I have genuine compassion for the poor and underserved, growing up in a country where I was a constant witness to the misery associated with lack of access to adequate medical attention for the lower economic and social echelons of our society.

I have a great drive and energy, and the passion for healing that comes with a heart fully devoted to holistic community wellness. My work experience as wellness coach also has led to more awareness and concern about mental health problems in our community. Lack of awareness about mental health issues in diverse, especially immigrant, cultures in America has motivated me to serve in this area as well. I am concerned with the way in which many immigrants tend to neglect their mental health issues as a result of stigmas attached to therapy and counseling in their communities, as a consequence endangering their health and often life. My experiences have helped me realize the critical responsibility of a physician to continually teach preventive and medical care. I look forward to growing as a behavioral health practitioner in the service of your organization and learning how to push further and to think in terms of global as well as local community. I look forward to working with you in my residency training and I thank you for considering my application.

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