PERSONAL STATEMENT 1
Whilewalking along the corridors, I overheard a shriek, followed by a cryin the ICU. As a member of the staff, I rushed to the unit to gatherthe cause of the panic. On approaching, I almost knocked offeverybody present as I sought access to the boy who was lying on thehospital bed. The boy’s horrifying visage was marked by crackedlips and bulging eyes. His condition made me perceive that thephysicians present were not doing enough to administer CPR. Iimmediately set to the task of trying to revive the boy through CPR.While everyone else threw in the towel, I still believed I couldresuscitate the poor lad. Finally, I rose to the touch of the boy’sfather who seemed to have let go of his son. Engulfed in pain, Iceased. My pain was exacerbated by the fact that the hospital couldnot use all the available resources on the 15-year-old boy becausethere were other patients in need of similar services. The experiencechanged my attitude towards patient education. The boy’s DKAcondition could have been less severe if the parents possessedadequate information. I took it upon myself to educate patients onvarious diseases. I ensured that each client visiting the facilityhad adequate information on both control and preventative methods ofmanaging a given condition. The rationale for this is that, a goodnumber of the diseases are preventable. I also consider it as animperative tool to reduce the cost of healthcare.
Myinternship period was not devoid of disheartening challenges. Themost unnerving of all were in Pakistan, in a hospital that was poorlyendowed with basic support services.We usually ran out of beds, space, antibiotics and statures.Onmany occasions, you could find me carrying babies to the ICU so thatI could rush against time to put them on ventilator support.Additionally, I once worked for more the two years in a patient’swelfare department of a non-governmental Institution. During breaks,I would spare time to go the pharmacy to give free drugs to the sickpatients admitted to the public hospital. Sometimes, individuals frompoor economic backgrounds could not afford expensive medication. Ialways felt contented after knowing that I had made a sententiousimpact on their health and lives. At times, I had to sacrificesleeping to update the records of the blood bank. During my voluntaryservice in the institutions, not a single patient was accidentallyinfected with either HIV or Hepatitis due to poor blood screening andrecording.Iam still proud of the voluntary services I offered to patients at thehospital.
Asan Asian woman, living in a predominantly chauvinistic society, I hadto struggle with various factors. I was the first doctor in thefamily, and I did not have a family mentor. Nonetheless, I wanted todefy all the odds. My determination, since my high school years, ledme to study arduously. Because hard work pays, I consistently rankedamong the top- 25 students in high school, and among the best ten inthe Medical College.
Iintend to exploit the available learning opportunities to expand myacquaintance in internal medicine. My ultimate objective is toimprove my skills and derive diverse approaches to the subject. Ibelieve my attributes of hard work, teamwork, professionalism,adaptability, and leadership will be of importance for theinstitution. As a resident, I look forward to work with experiencedsupervisors and fellow practitioners who will contribute immensely tomy quest for knowledge.