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I have invested well over a decade in researching what makes the personal statement for medical residency or fellowship as effective as possible - particularly in the area of Nuclear Medicine. I invite you to fill out my Online Interview Form and send me your CV and/or rough draft for a free evaluationdrrobertedinger@gmail.com

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Career Profile - Nuclear Medicine

Sample 1st Paragaraph for Residency Position in Nuclear Medicine

I am an experienced physician and researcher seeking a residency position in Nuclear Medicine. After graduating, I worked as a Casualty Medical Officer in a community health clinic and developed a special interest in cardiovascular disease, I was one of very few to be selected as a Ward Resident in a multispecialty hospital Cardiothoracic surgery department. It was in this role that I first became aware of the enormous and growing impact that Nuclear Medicine is having on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and beyond it and became fascinated by this cutting edge specialty in which so many rapid and dramatic advances are being made. I wish to acquire the specialist skills and knowledge to enable me to become an effective practitioner and, ultimately, a researcher and teacher of the specialty.

Statements of Excellence for Residency & Fellowship Positions on Behalf of Applicants in Nuclear Medicine

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The Humanitarian Side of Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures. It has the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages, allowing for the diagnosis and accurate identification of the severity of a variety of diseases. They can pinpoint molecular activity within the body, and monitor patients´ responses to therapeutic interventions.

The humanitarian side of nuclear weapons is well known. And many NGOs won´t take nuclear medical equipment into areas like Iraq and other countries that are thought to be developing these types of weapons.

However, there are a number of ways you can get involved, and avoid getting involved in a humanitarian mission working alongside the Navy, who are also looking for individuals with this specialization and doctors that have completed a four-year residency in diagnostic radiology. Though the armed forces do do good work as well.

The World Health Organization estimates that around half of the world´s population has little or no access to radiological services. And a recent study says that advances in technology and cognitive ingenuity have enabled interventional radiologists to move out of the medical center and into tents, ships and battlefields.

You don´t even need to leave the U.S. Radiologists Dr. Garry Choy, MD and Sung Han Kim, MD, recognized the need to support developing countries that were gaining access to imaging equipment back in 2008. They founded the non-profit iRadX, to help poorer countries becomes independent through the implementation of sustainability mechanisms. Volunteers go to western Uganda, for example, and start a two-way conversation with local physicians. In-country physicians can also ask questions and garner advice from a distance. To find out more about iRadX, see this post from the American College of Radiology.

The American College of Radiology Foundation (ACRF) has also been working with volunteer radiologists, as have Radiologists Without Borders.

Brigham and Women´s Hospital Breast Imaging fellow Michyla Bowerson is one young doctor who is passionate about humanitarian work. She created a blog about her trip to Rwanda in 2016. Check it out here.        

This hospital takes a trip almost every year. In 2015, they also went to Rwanda. In 2014, it was Haiti. Before that, New Mexico and Bangladesh. They have performed computed tomography-guided biopsies, ultrasound-guided biopsies and worked with HIV and TB patients.

Doctors seem to get a lot out of their volunteering experiences. Once lady, Dr. Hudgins, dedicated six months to refining her general medicine skills through volunteering on a sabbatical while taking time away from the Radiology Department where she worked. She volunteered at Grady Emergency Room and the City of Refuge, a free clinic. She says of her experience, “I was on the steep part of the learning curve for all six months.” But it inspired her. After the time away, she decided to update her obstetric ultrasound and plain film skills, carry on volunteering part-time, and go to Honduras. Read the full story here.

Ready to move into the humanitarian arena? There are many ways you can do it, but getting onto your residency is an important piece of the puzzle. Let us know if you would like any help writing your personal state.