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Radiology Personal Statement #3 (IMG)

From an early age, I was exposed to medicine through my father, a radiologist, and as I grew, the influence of his career naturally and inevitably tailored my interest. It has been my own desire, however, that has compelled me to pursue a career in medicine. The summer after my sophomore year in high school, my family took a trip to our native town in India. For two months, I volunteered at the Charity Foundation in India, and the experiences I had there resonated deeply in me, changing my perspectives forever. More than my duties, the simple daily exposure transformed me permanently. These experiences with the Charity Organization and Mother Teresa herself showed me medicine in a light I might not have seen back home in Texas or elsewhere, gave me a new understanding to a physicianís role in society, and set forth my pursuit for a career in medicine.

After my sophomore year in college, I decided to study abroad in Europe for a year. My ongoing interest in medicine, coupled with a strong desire for a new environment and new challenges, led me to discover a 6-year M.D. program at the University in Hungary. Although I had the option of returning home after the 1st year, my first year in Debrecen had transformed me tremendously. My strong academic performance, vast exposure to different cultures, viewpoints, and ways of life convinced me to make one of the most crucial decisions of my life. I decided to continue my studies in Hungary. The extensive basic science curriculum fueled me to develop a strong discipline, work ethic, and assertiveness towards my goals. In retrospect, my decision in going to Hungary for medical school is the basis for why I became not only an arduous medical student but, more deeply, a person of broader views, cultural awareness, and accelerated maturity.

Throughout my years outside the U.S. to my clinical rotations in the U.S., Iíve developed an admiration for a radiologistís role. Regardless of specialty, the radiologistís task provided diagnosis in the medically ill, the young child or infant, the patient with mental status changes , and of course, the surgical candidate. Whether it was a standard X-ray, CT, Ultrasound, or MRI, the detailed images revealed to me secrets undetectable otherwise. The unique technology involved, and the behind-the-scenes work of the radiologist were some of the qualities that appealed to me in ways that no other specialty ever had before. Radiology gave me the exposure to the entire potpourri of medical specialties, therefore, allowing continuing diversity but from a specialized viewpoint.

After I had completed my fourth year radiology course in Hungary, my commitment was solid and without question. Today, radiology is a very challenging and exciting field that is rapidly advancing both in its technical capabilities and diagnostic utility. The radiologist is frequently at the center of a patient's care, often the first to pick up on a patient's illness, and frequently is the first step in initiating a cure. This is what I ultimately want to base my career upon. Nothing appeals to me more than to be able to integrate a patient's history and physical findings with the radiological manifestations of the disease to arrive at the correct diagnosis, thus being at the center of the decision matrix.

As I approached the end of my fourth year, I realized the importance of a solid clinical experience in the U.S. prior to starting my residency. My medical school had no clinical affiliations in the U.S., and setting up my own core clerkships became a daunting task. After my USMLE-1, I transferred to University of The Islands to give myself the opportunity to come straight to the U.S. and begin nearly two years of clinical clerkships. Having taken this opportunity to come home was a crucial step for me to begin a constructive pathway to my desired residency. Having finished all my core clerkships in U.S. teaching hospitals to this point, I can undoubtedly say that the clinical experience was worthwhile. As I begin my radiology electives in my final months of school, I will further bolster my commitment to the field and work diligently with a radiology department. With each elective rotation in radiology, I hope to lay the foundation for a path that will ultimately lead me to a diagnostic radiology residency position.

To this point, my educational pathway may seem unorthodox. However, I feel deeply that each and every one of my experiences has served to strengthen my commitment to medicine and toward a career in radiology. From experiences so far, I believe interpersonal skills are essential for a successful radiologist. Despite limited patient contact, interaction with other physicians and staff members occur on a daily basis. Throughout my life, excellent interpersonal skills, a relentless curiosity for answers, and a strong work ethic have been my fundamental strengths. Throughout my education, Iíve come to learn that I am quite visual in both my approach to learning and in my everyday tasks. The field of radiology allows me to take advantage of these abilities. With such abilities, and an intense desire to acquire the necessary knowledge and skill, I believe I possess the attributes and the commitment to become a competent radiologist.

Radiology Personal Statement #3 (IMG)


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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
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