What I Did Not Pursue Medicine

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I did not pursue medicine, medicine pursued me; a very bold statement, I know. My life began in Akkulapeta, India, one of the remotest villages of the country. However, this never deterred my family from providing me with a strong education. Throughout my childhood, my parents told me stories of physicians who provided necessary aid and care for people in need. Those events early in my life instilled a desire to obtain a good education and work towards a profession that would allow for compassion and respect for fellow human beings. This path naturally led me to medical school. Neurology first became my primary field of interest during my third year of medical school, when I endured the unfortunate loss of my uncle from a massive Intracerebral hemorrhage. I accompanied him to the hospital and the care he received from his Neurologist was multifaceted. I was impressed with how neurologists not only take care of the pathology, but more than that they provide compassionate care to their patient and families. Neurology gives an opportunity to be involved in a critical time in someone’s life, and even when a cure is not an option, prolonging someone’s life and optimizing the quality is imperative. Although my uncle did succumb to his disease, the science and art of Neurology left a lasting impression on me. My fascination grew to a deeper degree when I started my clinical rotations as a medical student in the department of Neurology. The wide variety of pathologies, inexplicable presentations, and complexity of cases pose an intellectual challenge to a physician, especially a neurologist. I always enjoy this intellectual thought process of gathering information to understand the varied infinite brain neural disease pathways and dise... ... middle of paper ... ...ieve continued success include maintaining a good sense of humor, learning how to work effectively with a variety of patients and medical staff personalities, spending time with friends and family, and having interests outside of medicine. I have had the privilege to work side by side with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. This has helped improve my interpersonal skills, learn how to contribute efficiently, and lead a team for effective patient care. I consider myself a strong candidate for your residency program because of my work ethic, research background, and genuine desire to be a total team player. I look forward to entering a residency program that will provide a strong clinical foundation and offer opportunities in clinical research as well. I will bring to your program unmatched enthusiasm, deep commitment, and unyielding integrity.
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