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IMG INTERNAL MEDICINE PERSONAL STATEMENT
I approach you as a candidate who has finished a residency, supervised residents, conducted research, published papers, and successfully completed a fellowship in a department that combined the disciplines of Nephrology, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Because of the department’s broad focus, I had the opportunity to treat a variety of patients at every stage of their diseases. In addition, the research experience I gained by pursuing a Ph.D. program concurrent with my fellowship provided me further insight into taking care of complicated patients.
Internal Medicine has always been an excellent fit for. First, I appreciate the comprehensive viewpoint that the discipline requires. Internal Medicine demands detailed knowledge of a range of medical fields. It is not so narrowly focused that practitioners risk developing tunnel vision, nor is it so broad that it would be impossible to have a thorough understanding of a patient’s condition. Second, I enjoy long-term relationships with patients. I have seen the value of long-term interaction not only from a physician’s perspective, but also from the perspective of the patient’s family. Shortly before I entered medical school, my beloved grandmother’s health failed and my parents chose to care for her in our home. That emotionally trying experience has added a level of empathy to every patient encounter I have had since.
Many experiences have taught me the value of Internal Medicine’s interdisciplinary approach. During my fellowship, I encountered Ms. S who had been admitted for psychosis. She presented obese with a severely swollen face. She seemed anxious for me to examine a recent photo, and when I did I saw that she had been quite slim. After reviewing her chart, I noted that she had hypokalemia, and ordered a workup for Cushings Syndrome. It came back positive and Ms. S and her family were overjoyed to discover the true cause of her condition. She took me by the hand and told me, “You changed my life.”
It was an extremely gratifying moment in my life to hear these words, and it reinforced my belief that I had chosen correctly in pursuing Internal Medicine. My training as an
internist had not onlyallowed me to diagnose Ms. Suzuki, but had also encouraged me to take a broad view of every case.
I left Japan shortly after receiving my Ph.D., immigrating to the United States because of new family connections. I knew such a move would require me to undergo additional testing and training, but I am confident that these will sharpen my clinical skills and ultimately make me a better internist. My USMLE studies and externships have provided me an understanding of the similarities and differences between the American and Japanese medical systems, and I look forward to continuing my training in a U.S. hospital setting.
In selecting an Internal Medicine residency, I seek a program that will expose me to a variety of cases, in inpatient and outpatient settings. There should be an emphasis on teaching and a commitment to mentorship, as well as a strong interdisciplinary approach. I aim to continue my education in an academic residency program that includes a varied patient population and ample opportunities to obtain the training and skills that a strong Internal Medicine practitioner needs. Finally, I look forward to involvement in research opportunities so that I might contribute to the exciting and rapidly growing field of internal medicine research.
Most physicians would not wish a second residency on anyone, but that is exactly what I wish for myself. I know it requires long hours and hard work, but for me every challenge will be welcome. I am confident that I will be able to maintain the standards of your institution, contribute to the success of the department and my fellow residents, and learn lessons that will serve my patients well during the many years of practice that await me here in the United States.