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IM, Gynecological Oncology, Indian Applicant

I will never forget being 7 years old and standing in front of an applauding audience, clad in a white apron holding a toy stethoscope. On that day of our dress-up competition, my little mind resolved to become a doctor and playing Surgeon or Doctor was my favorite childhood pastime. My infantile fantasy took a turn for the serious side in the 8th grade when my science teacher encouraged me to make my dream a reality and suggested that I read “The Final Diagnosis” by Arthur Hailey. I was hooked for good.  In 1989, at the age of 18, I entered the premises of the M.L.N. Medical College, one of India´s finest, with my head held high, as number one on the state-wide merit list—happy, proud, dreaming of conquering the world.

 My years spent in Medical School were a time of profound personal, intellectual, and emotional growth. I trace my interest in specializing in the field of Internal Medicine to my third year, when I immersed myself in the intrigue of cell cycles and aced the pharmacology exam by explaining the mechanism of action of anti-neoplastic drugs in relation to the cell cycle, despite the fact that I had to struggle to observe their toxicities in the oncology ward. The highlight of this period of my life was watching patients return for repeat cycles of chemotherapy, with heightened expectations, ready to take the torture with a smile, hoping to live a few more glorious weeks or months of precious life. The courage of these patients, warding off desperation and depression, and fighting on, continue to inspire my own resolve as a physician to this day.

 Critically analyzing patients´ conditions in a holistic fashion commensurate with their lifestyle and social setting has always been central to my philosophy as a physician. For 20 years now, I have been an avid reader of medical literature, especially in the area of Internal Medicine and I have numerous publication in this and related areas, as well as a long track record of participation in professional conferences. I life-long learner, I live for medical progress and advances in our field.

 I also feel strongly that my extensive experience as a Radiation Oncologist will help me to perform very well in an internal medicine residency program, I have been a witness to the battle between life and death and over the years, and have come to treasure the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in the struggle to preserve life. I have met the challenges of managing numerous oncology patients in some of the most prestigious of cancer centers and hospitals of my native India where I have worked on inter- disciplinary teams implementing top quality patient care. As someone who has always been very goal-oriented and welcoming of new challenges, I am keenly looking forward to beginning a residency position in the United States and sharing and learning with my new American colleagues. My professional experiences to date have prepared me well to deal with obstacles. I am determined, resilient, strong, and compassionate and I give my all to the practice of medicine. As most keenly look forward to practicing medicine in the US and, I believe that these characteristics, coupled with my extensive experience will enable me to contribute a great deal to your program and prove to be a valuable asset.

 My experiences have been very rewarding because I have identified with patients and deeply admire their courage in the face of an uncertain prognosis. I anticipate that working in internal medicine will be equally rewarding and I am most excited about the prospects of aligning myself with an Internal Medicine Residency program in the most medically advanced country of the world. Following the invaluable experience of several years working with an Internal Medicine Residency program, my long term career goal is to obtain a fellowship in Medical or Gynecological Oncology so as to emerge as an especially highly accomplished Oncologist and medical researcher as well as practitioner.

 I have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with the flexibility and experience required to remain highly focused and self possessed while working in an extremely fast – paced and demanding medical environment. I am accustomed to managing numerous complex clinical situations simultaneously. And I am a hands-on team player with highly refined skills at critical analysis. I adapt quickly to working with new systems and in new environments. I am a seasoned practitioner and I believe that I have the qualifications and enthusiasm that you are looking for in a future resident for your esteemed program. I most excited about the prospect of a personal interview and I thank you for considering my application.

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