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Internal Medicine Personal Statement #10

It was at _______________at 4:00 a.m. in the morning on a cold December night in 1998 that I decided to be a physician. I was a new recruit Firefighter in _______ Volunteer Fire Department and I had responded to the cardiac arrest of a fifty-two year old man. It was the first time I had seen or done CPR.
While I decided to be a physician that morning, fate or providence had led me to that decision via a path beginning in my childhood. You see, when I was young my motherís parents lived with our family. I watched as they grew older and gradually became unwell. In addition, I have a severely mentally and physically disabled older brother who lived with me until recently. I watched how my mother (a nurse), her sisters, and our family doctor provided care for these three people in my home. In this way, I had been exposed to the best aspects of medicine in my own home by the people who mean most to me.
I had always been interested in science and academia and I pursued a degree in biochemistry/chemistry as my undergraduate degree. Science and knowledge, their acquisition and application, have ceaselessly fascinated me and I had envisioned a life as an academic early in my university life. Two years into my post-secondary education I joined a Volunteer fire department to provide service to my community and to better integrate myself in my community. And it was thus that at 4:00 a.m. in the morning after an unsuccessful CPR attempt while observing the workings of a busy emergency room, I realized that a life as a physician would be the perfect marriage of the values that I hold dear: science, knowledge, service, and compassion.
I have brought many strengths with me to medicine. I have an excellent academic record and have been Deanís listed in six of seven years of education Ė one of which was this past clerkship year. I enjoy learning and am an eager and active participant in whatever educational opportunities arise.
My interpersonal and social skills are also well developed and have flourished in the medical environment. One of the unique experiences and challenges that medicine has provided is the necessity to speak to people and families at times in their lives when they feel most afraid and helpless. To have helped people reach end of life decisions, comforted grieving relatives, and eased the passing of terminally ill patients has given me a degree of satisfaction that, until now, I had not known.
Also, without exception, I am a very hard worker. I have gone through medical school with excellent reviews and have performed consistently and dependably at all times. However, I have not just been a medical student. I have been a very active member of St. John Ambulance, a practicing firefighter and paramedic with ______ Volunteer Fire Department, and have been involved with several other extracurricular activities. Despite my hard work, and its obvious results, I have maintained an active social life with a large circle of friends and have balanced well the demands of medicine and the demands of life.
It is my specific strengths and the summation of my experiences, both professionally and personally, that have led me to choose Internal Medicine as a specialty. From a personal standpoint, Internal Medicine uniquely combines service and compassion, both of which are values that I hold dear. Professionally, Internal Medicine combines hard work, dependability, a requirement for strong social skills, and, more so than most disciplines of medicine, a profound interest in science, evidence, and the need of constant re-evaluation. My personal reasons for liking, and subsequently choosing internal medicine, complement my professional reasons in that the practice of this medicine will require hard work, discipline, service, and compassion. I am challenged, but undaunted, by the sheer volume of information and life experience that comprises Internal Medicine. It will provide a lifelong environment of challenges, learning and excitement.
Ultimately, after completing Internal Medicine I hope to sub-specialize. There are several disciplines that appeal to me, the foremost of which is Nephrology. Having completed my fellowship I hope to work in an academic center and have teaching responsibilities. It is, at this time, my desire to practice in my home province but there is much that could change in the coming years. In the short term I hope to work with people whom I can call friends in an atmosphere of camaraderie and professionalism.


Internal Medicine Personal Statement #10

 

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