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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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Choosing a career in allergy and clinical 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

The Humanitarian Side of Allergy and Immunology

Which medical science is involved in the greatest number of diseases? Which field of medical research leads to innovative diagnostic tools and treatments that can cure and prevent diseases on a global scale?

According to the Union of International Associations journal (http://bit.ly/1WzRFRk) -- you got it, it´s immunology. The diversity of this medical research specialty allows it to interact with all medical fields. Our immune system is at the frontline of defense against cancer, HIV and other infectious diseases that wreak havoc all over the developing world.

As you probably know, this dynamic discipline is one of the most valuable to society, constantly pushing to discover new ways of defending the public against both previously unknown and ongoing healthcare challenges.

One of the challenges in this specialty is collaborating internationally and developing a quick, effective information exchange.

Organizations Working in This Field

The International Union of Immunological Societies´ (IUIS) is an umbrella organization that connects immunologists from 82 different countries. They have formal liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), and hold the International Congress of Immunology every 3 years, where the organization´s president Stefan H.E. Kaufmann says is a great place to meet immunologists from all over the world. The IUIS also publishes a journal, Frontiers in Immunology, which has an interactive review process and is published by scientists, for scientists, says Editor-in-Chief, Kendal Smith.                          

The Institute of Allergy & Clinical Immunology of Bangladesh is a nonprofit organization founded by Prof. Dr. Moazzem Hossain, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and aims to control and prevent infectious diseases, including Filariasis, Leishmaniasis, HIV/AIDS, asthma and other allergic diseases. Contact them to find out how you can get involved here (http://bit.ly/1SDCOUk).

We mustn´t forget Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), of course. Around 3,000 MSF field staff provide lifesaving medical assistance in over 70 countries every year. In 2014 alone, MSF provided more than 3.9 million doses of vaccines and immunological products (http://bit.ly/1NLXidi). For more information about the opportunities available for physicians in the field, see this page (http://bit.ly/1WzU1zq).

If you´re an academic immunologist and you´re due to take a sabbatical soon, GSK – a global healthcare company, has am Immunology Catalyst sabbatical program is designed to drive major breakthroughs in applied immunology and broaden scientific insight. The opportunity is available at their world class R&D facility in Stevenage, UK.

Inspiring Stories

Getting involved in research regarding rarer diseases found in developing countries is another way you can get involved aboard while you study. 

Myriam Lorca H, MSc, PhD, for example, is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile and Technical Director of Laboratoria Campus. Dr. Lorca´s background in in parasitology, molecular biology, immunology and public health. She is an expert consultant for different ministries of health in Latin America and for WHO, PAHO, JICA and APEFE. She has professional experience in Chagas disease, congenital infections, diagnosis, applied research and field work. She is involved with multiple research projects and the teaching of pre- and postgraduate students and has co-authored more than 100 journal publications. Would you like to help with Chagas in Latin America?

Another options is founding your own foundation or NGO. Rick Tarleton, PhD is the Founder and President of the Chagas Disease Foundation, and Founding Director and Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. His research specifically focusses on the mechanics of immunity and disease in Trypanosoma cruzi infection, the causative agent of Chagas disease, and the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines for T. cruzi.

He was a member of the NIH Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Study Section, and Burroughs Welcome Fund Scholar in Molecular Parasitology earlier in his career. Dr. Tarleton received his PhD in biology from Wake Forest University in 1983, and was a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immunology Unit at the University of Rochester Cancer Center in 1984. He is also a speaker for the MSF.

David A. Leiby, PhD, was been affiliated with the American Red Cross from the past 16 years, where he´s the Head of the Transmissible Diseases Department at the Jerome H. Holland Laboratory for the Biomedical Sciences, Rockville, MD, USA. He is the principal investigator for epidemiological studies of Chagas disease, tick-borne pathogens and malaria in blood donors.

Dr. Leiby has published papers and book chapters on this topic and is invited to speak frequently at both national and international meetings and institutions. Dr. Leiby is also an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University, USA.

He received a B.S. in Biology from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, a M.S. in Biology at Rutgers University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the Ohio State University, USA. He was a National Research Council, Postdoctoral Resident Research Associate in the Cellular Immunology Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, USA.

Your Application

Your advanced training starts when you apply to a specialty residency or fellowship and get accepted. Already found a residency or fellowship that suits you perfectly? Here (http://www.aaaai.org/professional-education-and-training/program-directors/allergy-immunology-fellowship-training-programs) are some opportunities in the USA.

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