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Residency Pathology, Indian Woman Doctor

A 29-year-old woman doctor from India, I have been making my home here in the USA for more than two years now, and I could not be happier to continue to advance in the practice of medicine here in America, where it is state-of-the-art, helping me to learn very quickly and to grow professionally in leaps and bounds. My career plan is to first complete a residency in anatomical and clinical pathology and then to continue on with a fellowship in this same field.

My long-term goal is to teach Pathology and continue as a practicing pathologist. Most of all, what is most central to my self-understanding is my dedication to lifelong learning about the pathophysiology of the disease process; and how this relates to the physician at the center of the clinical scenario. I look forward to decades to come of research into cancer biology, particularly, constantly harnessing the energy of our advancements in science and technology to better understand and respond to human disease.

In June of 2010, I went with my aunt to her doctor’s office to receive the results of a biopsy on her breast. The sweetness of the words, “There is no carcinoma,” left an incredibly profound impact on me as a physician in training. It was one of the sweetest moments of my life, and I have continued to reflect since that time on how the success of a diagnosis so often hinges on the judgment of the pathologist. Since an early age, I have been immensely fascinated by biological specimens and their mysteries. This innate curiosity about all things natural is a perfect fit with the science of pathology. During my second year of medical school, I spent many hours in labs studying gross anatomy, histopathology, clinical pathology, and hematology. I never tired of gazing through the microscope into the slides and logically working up to correlate specimens with various diseases.

As a medical student, I was awarded the gold medal in forensic medicine, first in my class of 100 students in this area, complemented by taking the silver in Pathology. The head of our pathology Department liked to say that:  “A pathologist is a doctor’s doctor.” I take great pride in the field in which I have chosen to specialize because of how we support the physician, and the scientists working behind the scenes to ensure the correct diagnosis upon which successful treatment is based.

I plan to devote the balance of my professional life to the study of Pathology and the hunt for crucial evidence that identifies elusive targets, particularly cancer. I appreciate the breadth of research and scientific exploration in pathology departments in America, and I feel that I have a lot of energy and drive to give to your distinguished program if I were to be selected as a resident. 

Completing your residency program would give me a unique opportunity to gain fuller insight into the leading technology-driven advances in the practice of Pathology, learning everything that I can from my colleagues in preparation for a distinguished lifetime focus in this area. The force of pathology is strong in me. My keen academic skills, logical understanding, and eagerness to learn will enable me to make significant contributions to your program in support and collaboration with my mentors in the Pathology Department.

Since coming to America, I have been swamped, first with the USMLE, which I finished last March, 2016. I also became ECFMG certified and completed a one-year online course in Internal medicine with Harvard’s Medical School, in addition to studying online through the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Completing an externship with an Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center helped me acclimate. This rotation was for four weeks in an outpatient clinic. Now, I am gearing up to begin a series of 3 observerships in surgical pathology and hematopathology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, the XXXX School of Medicine at XXXX, and the University of XXXX.

It pleases me enormously that I have been accepted to observe in pathology at three leading teaching hospitals in the US. This will provide me with first-hand exposure to the responsibilities of an academic pathologist and in an invaluable immersion experience in lab work investigating the origin, development, and differentiation of cells for the treatment of diseases.

I also serve as a volunteer at Donate Life California, spreading awareness of the organization to people, and raising funds for events such as Walk 5K, etc.

I thank you for considering me for a residency position in Pathology. 

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