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Pediatrics Personal Statement #9

My interest in science, my passion for lifelong learning, and my need to incorporate benevolence within my profession is why it was a natural progression to combine two passions of mine, my affection for children and medicine, into my chosen specialty of Pediatrics. Working with children is often funny and challenging; you never know how they will react or what they will say. As a Spark Leader and figure skating coach, I learned that children thrive on attention and require a significant amount of patience while generously sharing their great capacity to love and zest for life. These experiences generated my desire to pursue a vocation working with children.
Experiences throughout my clerkship have solidified my aspiration to become a pediatrician. One of my first shifts in the pediatric ER involved seeing a boy who presented with a recent history of choking. I walked into his room and his mother relayed her story to me. He interrupted saying “I want to tell the doctor, I got my candy stuck right here,” as he pointed to his throat, “and now it is all gone.” Apart from being a cute story, it reminded me that I will create an environment in my practice where children speak for themselves, whenever they have a voice. It is important to listen to them and get them as involved in their own care as possible. However, there are times when children cannot voice their concerns or speak for themselves, and I will become their advocate. I will keep my focus on how my young patient’s health or circumstances are going to affect him or her. I believe that working with the team and the parents is in the best interests of the child and is an important part of being a pediatrician. On my pediatric nephrology elective, this was particularly evident in dialysis rounds. Every member of the team had an important role in the patient’s care. We worked together to ensure proper nutrition, adequate dialysis, proper dosing for the numerous drugs each patient required and adequate social support. Meeting the child’s medical needs, while doing our best to give the child and parents a normal life, was a big challenge that could only be managed by working together. In pediatrics, the wide variety of age groups, interesting congenital syndromes and neonatal issues will provide me with unique challenges. From my previous experience, I know how to approach children of varying ages and I am comfortable working with them.
Working in the NICU brings to the forefront decisions about commencing and terminating treatment. These difficult decisions are controversial and much debated. Completing research in breastfeeding and an elective in respirology has given me insight into neonatal issues. It has stimulated my thinking about how far medicine should push the envelope.
Completing my electives in pediatrics provided exposure to a wide variety of clinical childhood diseases. They provided insight into sub-specialty practice and also trained me to treat many common pediatric conditions. I also worked with children who were very sick, on dialysis or in the ICU. These experiences not only taught me how to deal with complex cases, but they provided an opportunity to hone my skills to diffuse difficult and emotionally charged situations. One of my patient’s was a heart transplant recipient whose father forgot to give her the influenza vaccine. She developed influenza A and required ventilation during the four weeks I managed her care. Though a frustrating situation I had sympathy for the father, dealing with his guilt as his daughter was gravely ill and could not be weaned from the ventilator.
Completing my core pediatric rotation in _____ gave me insight into the lifestyle of a pediatrician in a smaller community. Balancing clinic, in-patient and on-call responsibilities with an active outdoor lifestyle will be an important part of my future practice. I believe that the program at _______ is ideally suited to provide me with the experience that I need to pursue a career in community pediatrics. I have witnessed the camaraderie among the staff and residents that creates an environment conducive to learning. Completing rural rotations throughout my home province of ______ will provide me with the opportunity to enhance my independence and deepen my insight into the lifestyle of rural pediatricians.
I will bring an inquiring mind, a deep enthusiasm for working with children, and my ability to work as an effective team player to pediatrics at ______. My keen interest in learning and exploring new research opportunities will be an asset to your program. I look forward to discussing my application and your program further during an interview.


Pediatrics Personal Statement #9

 

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