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INTERNAL MEDICINE PERSONAL STATEMENT
My medical work thus far has proved very rewarding, as every encounter with a new patient or new condition provides a new learning experience. Each patient encounter serves not only as an academic exercise but also a personal learning experience. As a medical student I worked in state hospitals in India that attracted patients of the broadest range of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. I had to familiarize myself with their particular situations while counseling them on their medical options as well as the attendant ethical, financial, and social issues. The unique opportunity internal medicine provides to counsel such diverse patient groups on a nearly infinite range of medical and personal issues draws me now to seek a residency in internal medicine in the United States, perhaps the only other country in the world where doctors have the responsibility—and indeed the opportunity—to treat such a vast array of conditions in such a diverse patient population.
My experience in a hospital in India after medical school reinforced my strong foundation in internal medicine by providing the first-hand experience needed to start my residency. There, I spent extended periods of time with patients, which demanded that I develop effective communication and interpersonal skills, helpful in arriving at the probable diagnosis and management of the condition.
Since immigrating to the United States with my husband, I have completed my USMLE exams while learning about the clinical system here. Realizing the importance of solid
clinical work in the United States, I began my clinical rotations under the able guidance of the faculty at Medical Center, Big City. My last few of months of externship rotations in various specialties of internal medicine provided me an excellent foundation in comprehensive history taking, physical examination, diagnosis, and management of various conditions. Case studies presented during grand rounds, conferences, and the tumor board discussions have prepared me fully to begin my residency and reinforced my decision to pursue internal medicine.
My interactions with doctors, residents, and medical students here have helped me identify my ideal characteristics for a residency program. I am looking for one that serves patients from a wide social and economic background and provides a strong clinical base in both primary and specialty aspects. I value too a faculty that is eager to teach in a manner that is friendly, knowledgeable, and readily available to residents.
My career goals upon successful completion of my residency include starting a private practice and volunteering part of my career to help to spread medical awareness in underdeveloped countries. In the latter regard, I will focus in particular on vaccination, organ and blood donation, substance abuse, and HIV prevention. The latter, of course, represents the major medical problem in most underdeveloped countries. In combating ignorance in general, I will seek to dispel myths about diseases and cures while serving the less fortunate who cannot afford basic medical necessities. Only with completion of an internal medicine residency will I get there.