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Residency Position in Psychiatry, Iranian Doctor

I am a physician and a psychiatrist from Iran, now practicing in America. I follow the famous Persian poet, Ferdowsi, insofar as I see the mind as a mirror of the body with suffering written all over the faces of those who bear it. Long ago, I first became interested in psychiatry as a result of my mother’s battle with chronic depression and I was most inspired and impressed by the psychiatrist who treated her. To this day, I pray for him because he saved my mother’s life.  I chose psychiatry as the area in which I wanted to continue to develop my greatest expertise because I find the medical and moral complexities in this area of medicine to be especially challenging. Most of all, I thrive on helping people find the path to happiness in their unique circumstances, physical and moral as well as psychological. I enjoy the every-day rigors of my current position as a psychiatrist at the XXXX Hospital. Nevertheless, I am looking for a residency program that will satisfy my thirst to learn more about psychotherapy and psycho-pharmaceutical solutions, particularly as they related to prevention and neuropsychiatry.

During medical school, I became especially excited when learning about the numerous ways that neurotransmitters play critically important roles in determining our moods, thoughts, and behaviors. Immediately following my graduation from one of Iran’s finest medical schools, I chose psychiatry as the career specialty to pursue and completed a residency in this area where I had the privilege of administering medications that led to profound improvements of clinical symptoms. Over the course of many years now in my own reading and independent research, I have closely followed developments in bio-psycho social theories and what they can teach us about the occurrence and character of mental illness.

I have long found myself especially drawn to those individuals who have suffer as a result of trauma and/or violence in many forms, domestic violence, war, earthquakes. My professional engagement with PTSD now spans two decades, ever since my work with survivors of the Iran/Iraq war.   Beginning with a clinical externship, I was professionally engaged with Iran’s University of Medical Science in Teheran from 1996 through 2005. I am especially proud of the fact that my last few years as a psychiatrist in my home country were spent providing psychiatric care to low-income people through Iran’s Public Health Institute. I especially enjoyed my involvement in home care and visiting patients in their homes, along with the organization of mental health lectures for the community, particularly school systems, and providing crises intervention and management of a telephone hot line. I also worked in detention facilities in Teheran and obtained a great deal of experience in forensic cases, particularly those that involved juveniles becoming especially competent in issues surrounding claims of temporary insanity. I have learned over the years that what the patient needs most is a helping hand that is able to touch their heart.

My husband is Iranian-American which is why I am now a citizen of the United States. We moved to the USA in 2005 and I immediately began preparing for the USMLE examinations so that I might continue my career here in America. My husband was very supportive of my goals and he supported me for several years so that I might dedicate myself full time to my medical studies. After making enormous adjustments, culturally, linguistically, especially with English, I returned to the world of professional medicine as a volunteer observer in February of 2010 at the Adolescent & Family Growth Center in (Name of City) Virginia Later that year, in July, I began volunteering at a walk-in clinic in (Name of City), Virginia.  

I am currently a Psychiatrist at the Alabama State Hospital where I lead a multidisciplinary treatment team. We perform psychiatric evaluations of an extremely diverse range of patients from a broad variety of social and cultural backgrounds. We gather collateral information from family as well as previous records of patients which we then evaluate along with our database including the results of diagnostic tests of the patient. This enables us to make highly accurate diagnoses of a broad range of emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders.

I want very much to continue to learn all that I can about state-of-the-art developments in our use of psychotropic medication as well as creative developments in psychotherapy.  I ask for the opportunity to perform in a medical residency position in psychiatry where I will be able to give my all to my patients who are suffering from mental illness.  I want to continue to learn as much as I possibly can about neuroscience and child psychiatry, since I have special affection for enjoy working with children and adolescents.  I feel strongly that I have much to give to your institution because of my passionate interest and extensive experience in psychiatry, particularly my skill as a most patient and attentive listener. I am enormously excited about the prospect of joining your residency program and I thank you for considering my application.

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