"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." Henry Ford (1863-1947), the founder of Ford Motor Company. Although I didn’t read Ford’s words until recently but they describe my path throughout my life.
That is why I am applying to the University of Ottawa for entrance into the residency program in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck surgery.
Growing up in a Nile-side city in Egypt, I inherited the kindness and genuineness of the ancient Pharaohs.
Growing up in Egypt, I learned and practiced medicine with extreme empathy and compassion for those with no healthcare benefits.
Having worked hard throughout medical school, I achieved distinction every year and thus qualified for the highest graduation distinction of “Excellent with Honors”. This enabled me to be selected for the highly competitive residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Cairo University. Pursuing my passion for the field, I completed my M.Sc. Degree in 2009, MRCS-ENT (UK) in 2012 and Ph.D. Degree in 2013. Throughout my life, I was going from one achievement to another.
During my clerkship Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery rotation at medical school, I was amazed by the breadth and depth of the specialty. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of medical, surgical and research opportunities. Uniqueness of this specialty is in that it blends the medical, surgical and research fields into a single practice. I observed patients with laryngeal cancer undergoing conservation laryngeal surgery and being able to talk, breathe and swallow again. The precision required in our specialty matches my attention to detail and appeals to me.
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...epare me for a career in either academic or community practice.
Achieving balance in life is important for the productivity of a physician. I enjoy travelling all over the World and I like to discover new places. I have been to London, Paris, Vienna, Rome and Dubai. I enjoy from time to time to playing Chess and Soccer. I enjoy volunteering, my first volunteering experience in Canada was in Princess Margret Cancer Centre and guess where, the Head & Neck Clinic. Whenever I am free, I like to volunteer even for one night a week like the Bingo night on Wednesdays at Princess Margret Cancer Centre Lodge.
(I know for sure that if I get this opportunity I would gain a tremendous experience that will help me become an outstanding Otolaryngologist, and having the privilege to learn and receive guidance from the honorable faculty of University of Ottawa).
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