Statements of Excellence for Residency & Fellowship Positions on Behalf of Applicants in Allergy & Immunology

I have invested well over a decade in researching what makes the personal statement for a residency or fellowship position in the area of allergy and immunology as effective as possible. I invite you to fill out my Online Interview Form and send me your CV and/or rough draft for a free evaluation.

When I was a young man I became a published historian of conflict and human suffering in Latin America, where I have spent most of my time for the last quarter of a century. As a professional statement writer and admissions specialist, I have developed a focus on issues concerning the Developing World which is reflected in most of the statements that I draft. Immunology is critical to this aspect of my thinking because of the way in which contagious disease takes so many lives each year; and so many of them children.

A lot can be achieved through the provision of clean piped water, sewage disposal and refrigeration. For children living in impoverished conditions today, excess mortality is largely due to infectious diseases for which there are now vaccines that have been proven to be effective. Certain specific vaccines can reduce mortality and morbidity, improve quality of life and contribute to economic development. However, because many vaccines and the means to deliver them are beyond the financial resources of countries with the highest childhood mortality rates, strategies have been devised to provide vaccines to the most-needy populations. I applaud these efforts and hope to reflect my enthusiasm for these kinds of initiatives in my work as a professional statement writer in the area of allergy and immunology.

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Fellowship Personal Statement, Autoimmune Neurology, Chinese Medicine, Chinese Applicant

Mature, experienced, dedicated and focused, I am a Chinese woman and a doctor with a degree not only in medicine (MD-2000) but I also have advanced training in Neurology (Masters-2003) and Cerebrovascular Diseases (PHD-2009). It is my hope that this makes me a strong candidate for a Fellowship Position in Autoimmune Neurology. I could not take my work more seriously and I look forward to joining your distinguished team. I am looking forward to long hours and I am convinced that if given an opportunity to prove myself that I will soon be recognized as an important asset to your program. I like very much both clinical practice and research. A thoughtful and responsible person with a great passion for the areas of medicine with which I engage, when confronted with a problem, I solve it. Tenacious, I work until I accomplish the task at which I am engaged, especially as a doctor.

I became aware of the medical world when I was not quite six years old and was hospitalized with ‘pneumonia’ that later turned out to be tuberculosis. The most vivid memories that I have of this period are the smell of the Chinese medicine that I had to swallow twice a day and the worried look on my mother’s face when she saw me lying in bed exhausted. From that time forward, I wanted to become a doctor, in my childlike mind, to be in a position to relieve my mother’s anxiety.

I found myself already especially intrigued with Neurology by my third year of medical school and most keen to explore and learn about the human brain. The special patient population to which I have found myself most strongly pulled early on were those individuals disabled by a stroke. The intensity of my engagement in this area of medicine was reinforced by disabling strokes striking close to home, an uncle and a very close neighbor who was bedridden for a long time.

Approximately one year prior to coming to the USA, I switched my subspecialty interest from Cerebrovascular Diseases to Autoimmune Neurology (it is called Neuroimmunological and Infectious Diseases Department in our hospital in China). Most of my experience at the time had had been with stroke patients. While you might feel somehow frustrated at treating stroke patients with the fact that we hardly have something that can really help them other than thrombolysis, which still most patients couldn’t get due to the limited time window and many other reasons. I found myself searching for something more interesting and challenging, and began to focus on Autoimmune Neurology, in particular, the way in which the immune system attacks both central and peripheral nervous system. I like that fact that we can do something to help these patients get better, and sometimes completely recover from the diseases. One of the most exciting patients that I ever had was an Anti-NMDAR encephalitis case, who was a young female with subacute onset mental and behavioral disorder, delirium, hallucinations, no preceding cause and no fever. She was sent to the Psychiatry department but failed to respond to medication. It took a while for them to realize that she needed the help of a neurologist. Antibody was detected, and later a tiny teratoma was found in one of her ovaries. After tumor was removed, and together with immune therapy, she recovered completely after 3 months. It was so encouraging. I also had encountered two LGI1 encephalitis during the year, both of whom were interesting cases, and other autoimmune diseases. I especially like this area of study also because of the fact that in recent years, with more antibodies being discovered, more target antigen being identified, more diseases and their symptoms are better understood.

Since September of 2015 I have been working at my ideal job. I could not feel more privileged to work at the Mayo Clinic in XXXX, USA. Just to walk through the doors is a great thrill. Thanks to my mentor, Dr. XXXX, who guided me in this broad field, I have been learning as much as I can as quickly as possible about cancer autoimmunity and immunochemistry technologies, in particular. It would be an enormous honor to be awarded a Fellowship that would enable me to continue to give my all to the Autoimmune Neurology Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

As an Autoimmune Neurology Specialist, I look forward to dividing my time between clinical practice and research. I want to engage with the patients, get to know them and treat them holistically, find that hidden tumor and get to it as quickly as possible in the most effective and efficient ways we can. I will be alert to the possibility of recognizing new clinical subtypes as a result of clinical practice, questions that might lead to further research in our field. I embrace as my full responsibility staying abreast of all new developments and technological innovations that occur in Neurology, Immunology, and related areas of investigation. I would particularly look forward to an opportunity to work on the mechanisms of initiation of cancer autoimmunity in the central nervous system, as part of research on possible treatment targets.

I thank you for considering my application for a Fellowship Position in Autoimmune Neurology

Dr. Ayars tells why he became an allergist/immunologist.