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Cardiology Fellowship, Ethiopian Applicant

I was born, raised, and went to medical school in Ethiopia where most modern medical tools such as CT scans and MRIs were simply not available. Nevertheless, my professors insisted that the most important medical information is always obtained from interviews with and observation of the patients. I …

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Medical Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery


In the summers of 95 and 96, I worked closely with a group of private practice orthopaedic surgeons in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to my experience there, I knew that I wanted to be a physician but I had not decided what career path I would follow after medical school. I was unaware of the indelib…

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Medical Residency Pathology, Kazakhstan


We never forget where we come from, our beginnings however humble, the precious few years of our childhood that define who we are truly are at heart. As a child growing up in Kiev, I remember myself sitting at my grandmother's knee, watching as she injected herself with insulin, promising her that…

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Residency Pathology, Epidemiology


I have an eye for details, I love working with technology and investigating tissues under the microscope captures my curiosity to no end. This is why, when a recent opportunity to use a scanning electron microscope came by, I jumped at it and I'm now deeply involved in conducting ultra-microscopic…

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Dermatology Residency, Rural India

During my early childhood, I was exposed to sick and injured patients who came to my parents for medical aid. My parents are not physicians but rather anthropologists who provided basic medical care in a rural village in India where I spent more than two years growing up. Not only did I see what a l…

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