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IM Residency, Holistic, Malaysian

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to do something with my life to help others and made an early decision to pursue medicine. My training and experience to date has brought home to me the unique responsibilities and privileges of being a physician. I feel honored to have been entrusted with these responsibilities and have never regretted my decision.

I came to the US in August of this year for my Step 2 CS and am currently undertaking rotations in Atlanta Medical Center in Pulmonary Critical Care. I shall commence my rotation in Internal Medicine in October this year.

Because of excellent results in my Cambridge ‘A’ Level examinations, I was awarded a prestigious Malaysian government scholarship to study medicine in Europe. I graduated in December 2012 with an overall grade of 1 (Distinction) from Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic. I undertook my rotations as a House Officer in Selaying Hospital in Malaysia which is when I decided that Internal Medicine was my preferred specialty. My rotations covered Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Surgery, ObGyn, Anesthesiology and Critical Care as well as Internal Medicine. My interest in Internal Medicine was stirred because I wish to treat patients ‘holistically’ and see this as the specialty that will enable me to apply this approach as fully as possible. I am also attracted by the breadth of patient types and conditions, the opportunity to get to know the patients that I shall treat and the opportunity to develop and apply the high level diagnostic and communication skills that are vital in the specialty together with the opportunity to offer effective preventative education to patients.

After completing my training as a House Officer, I joined the Department of Internal Medicine in Penang General Hospital, Malaysia. I then rotated in Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Acute Internal Medicine as a medical officer, assuming direct responsibility of ward and periphery patients under the supervision of my consultants. I received all inpatient/outpatient referrals for these subspecialties, and reviewed patients in the emergency department/ other wards to decide regarding admission/ transfer. I also formulated treatment plans at the emergency department to be followed through in the ward for all admissions.

As a medical officer, my call duty involves being in charge of two wards with 100 patients, receiving referrals and planning admissions for patients if indicated, stabilizing critical patients, and supervising house officers on duty. This experience to me is invaluable as I gained maturity and confidence working independently. I learned to multitask, prioritize and to work as part of an effective team. I became used to working in a high volume, fast paced environment calling for decisiveness, coolness and creativity.

 

I am aware that the aging of the population offers particular and increasing challenges generally but especially in Internal Medicine. I come from a culture in which the aged are treated with special respect because of their wisdom and experience and I look forward to learning more about treating the elderly.

I am conscious that Internal Medicine calls for cultural sensitivity and consider that my background makes me particularly suitable.  I am ethnic Chinese but grew up in Malaysia. My primary education was in the medium of Chinese and I left as school valedictorian. My secondary education was provided in Malay and I left as one of the top three students with the best scores in the state exams. My subsequent studies in Singapore and Europe were conducted entirely in English. I am very well-travelled having visited 19 European countries as well as Thailand, Korea, China and Japan. I have happily studied, worked and socialized with people from many ethnic and social backgrounds and enjoy sharing information about my own culture and learning about others.

I know that there will be many well qualified applicants for a residency in this popular specialty, however I genuinely believe that I have a great deal to offer by reason of my academic success and potential, my personal characteristics, the breadth of my experience to date, and the relevant skills that I have acquired and developed but mainly my passionate desire to practice as a highly skilled and caring Internist. 

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