Internal Medicine – Sample 1At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has beengrowing ever since"-Salvador Dali.My entry in to medical profession was by no means a chance occurrence. I call it Destiny. I originallybecame interested in medicine in my teens because of a very important incident in my life. I come froman agriculture family in which no one has studied beyond high school. I had two aunts who sufferedfrom paranoid schizophrenia. Their paranoia made them unacceptable to the family because the familyhad no knowledge of the pathology. They were not given any treatment. Consequently, one of my auntsdied of refractory schizophrenia. Eventually, my family realized that my aunts were not mentally normaland got my second aunt treated. She had a remarkable recovery. This incident made me realize thedifference medicine had made to my family. This incident sparked my interest in medicine and it gotconfirmed when I discovered my predilection towards Biology in my higher secondary school. Thispropensity for medicine led me to take a highly competitive medical entrance exam in which I wasplaced in the top 1% and I eventually got admitted in to XXXXXX Medical College, a premier medicalinstitute which is ranked as the fourth best medical college in India.My undergraduate college education was filled with great competence. The excellent faculty and fouraffiliated 500 bed multi-specialty hospitals provided me with hands-on experience right from the start. Iconsistently maintained good grades in all the subjects but I found myself inclined more towardsInternal Medicine because Internal Medicine offers a great variety and diagnostic challenges. Eventually,I obtained second best score in General Medicine in university final examination. During my clinicalclerkships, I experienced a variety of medical specialties but consistently found Internal Medicine to bethe most interesting. I was also impressed with the knowledge of physicians and their ability to treat themost acutely ill patient, who led me realize the importance of the physician in the medical environment.During my one year internship in XXXXXX Hospital, I had the privilege of working with some of the finestdoctors of our country.Medical education is not completed in the medical school. It is only begun. My internship in the collegewas completely under supervision of excellent physicians. This kindled a strong desire in me to apply theknowledge I have gained and motivated me to join as a medical officer under the State Government. Asa Government medical officer I worked in a 50 bedded ,well equipped hospital in a tribal area for twoyears. These two years gave me an opportunity to prove myself as a hard-working, compassionatedoctor as well as an excellent administrator. I was successful in winning the confidence of the tribalpatients and consequently I was soon promoted as Hospital Superintendent. During this period I had tosupervise the hospital staff, maintain the hospital, attend the patients and take care of all their needs.This gave me an opportunity to discover and refine my leadership and communication skills. Thehospital under my supervision gradually moved from Grade-C to Grade-A and consistently remained in Athereafter. The Government recognized my services and awarded me the Best Medical Officer twiceconsecutively in a year. The area I worked in, was hyper-endemic in Malaria and had a high incidence ofTuberculosis. During my service in this area, I was fortunate enough to come across and treat
successfully the worst cases of Cerebral malaria, Black water fever and Disseminated Tuberculosis.Malaria in this area presented in all forms-ARDS, ARF, Cerebral malaria, Black water fever,Gastroenteritis, Anemia, Tropical splenomegaly, hemolytic jaundice and liver failure. I was amazed toknow practically how a single disease Malaria, unfolded the diversity and challenges in InternalMedicine. This practical experience multiplied my love for Internal Medicine.While working in the hospital, I met many patients struggling with terminal disease. Their courage andwillingness to continue fighting despite diminishing hopes reinforced my commitment to becoming agood physician to assist in this valiant struggle. While I had many meaningful encounters, oneparticularly stands out. Last year in the month of June, a tribal family brought their only son to thehospital in a stage of coma and respiratory distress because of aspiration. His throat was blocked withthick secretions for which I performed suction and left orders to the nurse on duty to continueintermittent suction. Next morning when I went for rounds I found him in a worsening condition. Thenurse did not do her job properly. The patients family pleaded me to stay with the patient and showedenormous trust saying that my presence itself would heal him. I was moved and took care of the patientall by myself. It worked and he came out of coma the next day. His family fell on my feet and offeredtheir thanks in tears. I realized that my future must revolve around instances like this one and that truefulfillment comes from helping another person heal. My job experience at the hospital taught me thatpatience, compassion and sensitivity are just as crucial as scientific skills to medicine. Though I had somesleepless nights in the hospital, they were worth the satisfaction.However, I did not feel qualified enough to receive the trust the tribal people gave me so willingly. Ihave this burning desire to expand my knowledge in Internal medicine and to become a great physician.I am dedicated to meeting new challenges and applying the knowledge that I have obtained through allthese years. I realize this will be not an easy road but with perseverance, commitment, and hard work, Ibelieve that I can become a valuable addition to your institution. I am proud to see that I have come thisfar but it is my quest for academic excellence and service to mankind that spurs me to reach greaterheights.As I evaluate programs for my residency training, the first and foremost quality I seek is the ability tofurther my education-both clinically and academically. My desire is to find the residency trainingprogram which will best prepare me in all the fields of medicine by first offering excellent clinicalresources and teaching in a setting where the residents are encouraged to be independent and take ona higher level of responsibility for cases as their proficiency increases. I look forward to a programoffering a diversity of experience and a staff that works as a team to provide education for patients,family, community, and faculty. I want to seek a residency program that will enrich and augment myclinical skills and also to participate in community based research. The excellent reputation of youracademic program influenced me too choose your hospital for pursuing my residency program. Theambient and competitive atmosphere of your hospital will help me to improve my clinical skills. Thankyou for your consideration of my application and I hope that you will give me an opportunity to comeand visit your program to experience it firsthand.