The maintenance of health depends on promotion of wellness as to combating of disease. Studying and practicing medicine over the years, I learned the absolute need for, and intrinsic rewards of broadening my perspective of health related issues affecting the community. Treating individual patients in clinical practice alone cannot apprehend the large goal. I have a profound interest in well-being of children, women, family planning, preconception care. With my recent relocation to America, the challenge of a new beginning gives me the opportunity of health education in the MPH program.
By working with medical professionals and patients, I became familiar with treatment regimens, pharmaceutics, and the application of practical changes that could maintain even reverse many debilitating diseases. One of my duties was to advocate for patients detailing accurate descriptions of medications and treatment protocol, interpreting their application to patients. This also greatly supported my interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment. Indeed, my peers recognized me for the Youth Leadership Award and the Ventura County Council presented me with the Volunteer Excellence Award, a privilege and honor I take pride in. At UCSB, I am heavily involved in similar non-profit philanthropy like Doctors Without Walls, cultivating my passion for assisting others, by organizing a weekly clinic for homeless women.
I can still remember the words, ‘When you are a clinician, you are saving a life, but when you are a public health practitioner, you are saving thousands of lives’. These words were delivered by a professor during orientation of my undergraduate Community Medicine course. That introductory speech was so motivating that I contemplated for a while, should I be in the ‘thousands life saver’ group? Though inspiring, that speech alone was not sufficient to grow my interest in public health. Day by day I felt the importance of public health while dealing with various patients as a clinician.
Later on, when I realized that lots of people actually lacked basic medical care, I always wanted to reach out and help make a difference in the lives of others. Medicine, with its emphasis on service would therefore be the most satisfying career for me. My interest in internal medicine developed during my training at medical school in Nigeria. Internal medicine offers a wide variety of cases, which makes it as diverse as it is exciting, requiring a problem solving attitude and constant vigilance. Having graduated from a reputed medical school in a developing country, I had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in patient care, right from start.
Personal Statement At a young age, I realized that health, in general, fascinated me. Every aspect of health made me want to learn more about it, including the health care delivery, the health care professionals, and lastly the diagnoses. After arriving in Canada and becoming accustomed to the free health care, I discovered that health care resources are difficult to find and to navigate. Initially, studying the science behind the state of health was my focus, but then I learned of the concept of social health. While pursuing my studies in Biomedical Science, I learned about how infections occur at the molecular level.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Thinking of the path that led me to Public Health, I always wonder when people talk of disparities between different populations receiving health care, if they truly understand what that means. What situations poverty and illiteracy can create? Some of us are lucky to be born in an urban settings to an educated family which gave us the luxury of proper health care but large parts of the developing world remains plagued by preventable or treatable infectious diseases, poor maternal and child health, worsened by illiteracy, malnutrition and poverty. The seed of serving people has been instilled in me during my early teens, raised by an uncle for couple of years who was a doctor, I was able to notice how much difference he was able to make in his community. Naturally, I developed a passion for science.
I want to go into public health because I believe strongly that I can contribute not only to my fellow Americans, but also to people all over the world. I anticipate that through proper planning, interventions and implementation of effective policies, one will be able to bring about much-needed change through my work with an NGO or non-profit affiliated with the UN. I started to explore the different fields of medicine by working as a Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department, ER tech in Trauma Centers, getting involved in research, volunteering at hospitals and taking high level science classes. This will enhance my knowledge and experience i... ... middle of paper ... .../programs, research, community, and world health issues. All of my interests have been merged into one magical puzzle through Public Health.
With this strong foundation, as my basis and support, entrance into a rural medical school was out of fascination for the intricate human architecture and its functioning. Being constantly in touch with the field of medicine through my father and other fellow doctors and through 6 years of medical school and rotations, I realized that Internal Medicine has evolved as mother of all branches. That is what sparked my interest in pursing a career in Internal Medicine. The basic principal in the art of healing is, to investigate the etiology of a disease, to arrive at a proper diagnosis, to treat the condition appropriately, and more importantly attending to the emotional and psychological aspects of the patients illness. This gives me a great sense of joy and is simply the reason I chose the ever-challenging field of Internal Medicine as my profession.
Mental health is a progressive problem across our nation. The prevalence of behavioral and mental disorders makes their appearance nearly inevitable in all fields of medicine. Consequently, attentiveness to such disorders is essential for providing holistic and effective care. Given my background in neurology and psychology, I am confident that I have great potential to contribute to the OHSU PA Program’s goal to, “Foster the integration of the biological, psychological, and social concepts of health promotion and disease prevention into the clinical practice of graduates.” I intend on achieving this goal by educating patients on their psychological well-being and helping to improve the quality of care provided by my health care team. Although I also have a strong urological background as well as experience working in a primary care clinic, my exposure to neurology and psychology is both personal and professional.
My committee was in charge of the making the flyers and getting things together. Within my committee, we called community members, created and disseminated surveys, and used previous data on the community to identify community needs for health promotion and disease prevention. We researched the community to better understand the demographic details and what resources were available in the communi... ... middle of paper ... ...cate better with people of various cultural backgrounds and through working with other health professional, I learned the importance of networking with other community members in order to gain support and help with certain services. All my public health courses and internship have fully shaped me to become a professional in the health field. I am knowledgeable and practiced in applying research and statistics to populations and health programs and evaluations, promoting cultural competence, identifying principles of health necessary to plan effective short and long term health interventions, and identifying community health needs.