Personal Career Statement For Public Health

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Personal Career Statement
I developed a love for public health very early in my career, after a brief life changing experience in rural Nigeria. My medical school had closed for six months in my fifth year, because of a strike. I decided to go back to my village in rural eastern Nigeria, to stay with my elderly grandmother. She had diabetes and was showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. I loved her dearly and wanted to help with her care. My village had no electricity and no health care facility. The nearest hospital was 20 miles away.
I learned so much in that six months. I found out that the nearest thing to a health care provider in my village was a man who knew next to nothing about health care. Kids and pregnant women were dying in numbers.
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For example, my knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics, and data management is still limited to the basic. Other areas I need to work on include delegation of duties. I tend to be sensitive with regards to the outcome of projects that I work on. I easily get disappointed when team mates fail to deliver on their responsibilities. Hence, I tend to have issues with delegating. I also need to work on my coaching/teaching skills and public presentations.
To critically evaluate my leadership abilities, I decided to use the ‘Leadership Assessment Tools Inventory - Gaining Power and Influence Section’ of Kellogg at Northwest University. The assessment result showed that I fell into the third quartile. This is no surprise given that I still have so much to learn in the field of public health.
The breakdown of the assessment revealed some interesting details. It showed that I lagged in areas of ‘position characteristics’ this includes: visibility, flexibility criticality and centrality of the positions I have occupied so far. I did a lot better in areas of ‘Personal Characteristics’ (expertise, personal attraction, effort, and
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