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Pediatrics Personal Statement # 6

I have taken the "scenic route" to becoming a physician, and my journey has served me well. Completing my senior year of medical school, I enthusiastically look forward to a residency in pediatrics.

During high school, I considered pursuing a career in medicine. I was an honor student and participated in many extracurricular activities, but lacked the confidence and commitment to attempt premedical studies. I set my sights on becoming a nurse practitioner. As an undergraduate, I did well academically in nursing, but found myself occasionally questioning whether I should redirect my efforts toward medicine. Believing the additional years of schooling would only delay my entrance to the "real world," I decided to complete my training in nursing.

After graduating, most of my work was in a neonatal intensive care nursery. Caring for critically ill infants was tremendously challenging and satisfying for me. While working alongside pediatric residents on a daily basis, I became more interested in medicine. It was then that I knew I had the desire, motivation, and confidence to study medicine and become a doctor.

Entering medical school, I wanted a career in a primary care specialty. I enjoyed my previous experience in critical care, but thought I would be happiest preventing illness and helping patients optimize their health. Upon completion of many core and elective clerkships, I reaffirmed my decision to proceed with training in a primary care specialty. I felt most effective in pediatrics and medicine and most fulfilled by the quality of doctor-patient relationships in these specialties.

Ultimately, I have decided to become a pediatrician; and my decision is multifaceted. I find the challenges and pleasures from interacting with children and participating in their development exceptionally rewarding. For me, studying pediatric medicine is more interesting than other areas of medicine. Furthermore, I want to work against common adult disease processes often initiated in childhood.

I seek a well respected pediatric residency program that places quality teaching as one of its highest priorities. The program should offer its residents broad clinical experience with a children's hospital as one of its major facilities. Additionally, the program should foster a cohesive and congenial working environment while supporting the residents in their individual career goals. My husband and I look forward to residing in a liveable and vibrant city!

Pediatrics Personal Statement # 6


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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.
The Three Steps of the USMLE
Step 1 tests the important concepts of basic sciences basic to the practice of medicine. It also places special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine. It also tests the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 CK tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision. It also includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 CK ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills.
Step 2 CS tests your capacity to practice and provide good medical service in real-life situations. It also tests your communication skills.
Step 3 tests your medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.


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