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Psychiatry Personal Statement #6

As reflected in my curriculum vitae, I was a "non-traditional" student when accepted into St. Louis University School of Medicine. I'd had many unique opportunities in the pre-hospital phase of Emergency medicine, which gave me a solid clinical base as well as experiences in training, program administration and entrepreneurial business ventures. While my career is obviously very important to me, my wife and son remind me daily of the importance of balance between my career and personal life. These life experiences heavily influenced my decision to pursue Medical School, and they became one of my greatest assets during the clinical years of my training. Now, as I anticipate the opportunities and challenges of my medical career, I do so with even greater enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to excellence in my professional and personal life.

Through my marriage to a clinical psychotherapist, I developed a strong interest in the field of mental health. I've had the opportunity to work with my wife and an extensive network of psychologists and psychotherapists as co-facilitator of a unique psycho-educational program focused on interpersonal relationship skills. Although I approached medical education with my mind open toward all career options, my previous interest in mental illness flourished in the Psychiatry clerkship. during my training at Wohl Institute, the Psychiatry department was participating in a multicenter Study of a new psychotropic medication. The large population of schizophrenic patients allowed me a unique opportunity to study this disease while coincidentally becoming familiar with drug study methodology. While I was fascinated with the neurophysiology and pathology, for me the most important aspect of the experience was the fundamental interpersonal interaction. I recently completed an Outpatient Psychopharmacology elective, during which I reaffirmed my commitment to pursuing a Psychiatric residency.

Psychiatry offers the unique challenge of incorporating psychotherapeutic and pharmacological regimens. The practice of Psychiatry is apparently in a unique transition period, embracing new frontiers for understanding and treat, coincident with social and economic forces which are influencing the future of Psychiatric practice. This unusual dynamic may create tremendous opportunities for future leaders in the field. In residency training I want to learn from leaders in the field of Psychiatry and develop mentoring relationships with people whose experience can help guide my own pursuit of excellence. I hope, in turn, to someday continue that tradition and be involved in training other future physicians.

I strongly believe all physicians must treat people, not diseases. For me, Psychiatry epitomizes that value. Psychiatry offers the opportunity for a challenging and stimulating career, which incorporates my inherent skills and life experiences yet allows for balance between my personal and professional life. I look forward to meeting and personally discussing our future involvement.

Psychiatry Personal Statement #6


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