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Radiology Residency, Saudi Doctor

My short and long term goals in life are to become the very best radiologist that I can be. I am thankful that my government has granted me a scholarship to complete a residency position in America, medically the most powerful country in the world. I am certain that the government of my country, Saudi Arabia, is aware of the importance of radiology for the future of medicine, the way in which many of our most critically important advances are occurring in this area. This is why they have made funding Saudi participation in programs in this area on of their priorities. I am honored to have been chosen.

I intend to devote my career to the cause of interventional radiology. I have found myself drawn to this area more so than any other because of my passion for progress in the development of less-invasive surgical procedures. The way in which these cutting-edge developments also reduce the length of hospitalization for many patients, serves to further fuel my dedication to this area and its state-of-the-art developments. I like to think of myself as having a destiny that will unfold through the wedding of technology and medicine. I enjoy the broad diversity of patients that are able to benefit from radiology, networking with ob/gyns, pediatricians, etc. From neonates to geriatrics, I study each new radiological promise with keen enthusiasm.

I am a very visually oriented person and an excellent observer. Physics was among my favorite subjects at school and I see disease as an invasion of foreign forces that are to be outwitted on every level. I have become fully immersed in the struggle against cancer and other diseases much in the same way that a general thinks of little else while he is at war. The quest for increasingly early diagnosis is my other major avenue of personal and professional inquiry. Since my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I have also invested a great deal of time learning how to battle this scourge, in particular.

The x-ray machine has fascinated me since childhood; I saw it as a magic machine because it gives you a picture to what is inside our body. On a professional level, I first became interested in radiology during my anatomy classes when the professor gave us different plain film images so that we would learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomy.
Then, during my different clinical rotations at the hospital in medicine, surgery, OB/GYN and pediatrics, I found myself lingering for long periods over my patients’ x-rays, CTs, and MRIs, and attending extra teaching sessions by radiologists so as to learn to refine and sharpen my diagnoses. During my surgery rotation, we met for one morning each week with the radiology team to discuss the findings for our surgery patients. I particularly enjoyed the spirit of teamwork that characterized our collaboration and I became increasingly enamored with the critically important role of the radiologist. 

By the time that I finished my rotation in the Radiology Department at XXXX Hospital in Saudi Arabia, I felt a great sense of relief and opportunity to realize that I had found my calling, my special area of contribution to which I wanted to devote all of my professional energy. I particularly enjoy doing ultrasounds and working in consultation in the reading of x-rays, CTs, and MRIs.  This is why I took an additional, elective course at XXXX Hospital, to gain additional exposure to other radiology modalities, such as barium swallow, mammogram, intravenous pyelogram and ultrasound guided biopsy.

I thank you for consideration of my application to your distinguished program.

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