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Internal Medicine, Indian, Clinical Observership

I was born in Suryapet, India, and grew up in a family of Engineers. They instilled in me the importance of setting goals along with diligence and perseverance.  Personal growth has been as significant to me as my aspiration to become a doctor. I have long sought a balance in my life by involving myself in various extra-curricular activities, especially volleyball and cricket, and I became a leader because of the profound passion that I invested in our team. Very early in my life, I realized that medicine would be my career for me. My engineer family could not have been more enthusiastic, and they helped to make my childhood fantasy of becoming a doctor a reality. I am most comfortable working in the area of Internal Medicine because of its centrality to our vocation. I feel that Internal Medicine is our professional center of gravity.

 I came to medical school with the vision that doctors were people with vast knowledge about innumerable ailments, and I have fully embraced that idea. I felt this early on while still a student, mainly when my loved ones turned to me for medical advice. It was through my initial rotation in internal medicine that I felt the most incredible sense of rapid growth, emotionally and psychologically, especially concerning the processes of diagnosis, management, and follow-up. I was fascinated by the sheer diversity of the cases and the volume of direct patient contact. I reveled in the full embrace of holistic imperatives; dealing with the patient as a totality struck me as being sensible and logical and especially well suited for working at the core of medicine: Internal Medicine. I had found my professional center of gravity. Working in other areas of medicine only served to solidify my decision to focus my own professional course in the area of internal medicine.

 I am drawn to internal medicine because of the challenges and the way that they require hard work, dependability, and the staying power necessary to maintain strong social connections. I also enjoy the science and the evaluation and constant re-evaluation of evidence. After having the opportunity to rotate through many specialties as a student, I believe what has been said by many: Internists are who people think of when they think of a doctor. Through my experiences, internal medicine embodies what I envision a physician to be: compassionate, respected, and knowledgeable.

I am looking forward to a career in internal medicine for the intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to provide continuous care for my patients, and to serve as an advocate for my patients and colleagues alike.

 The three months that I spent in a clinical rotation in Oklahoma, the privilege of completing this observership program, provided me with the opportunity to fully immerse myself in pathophysiologic processes, diagnoses, and the treatment regimens of the patients I was assigned to follow. I can still remember a patient who was suffering from complications of

diabetic nephropathy. Every morning at half-past six I would wake him from a deep slumber to inquire about his condition overnight and to perform a physical exam. Instead of being annoyed at the disturbance, Mr. Smith came to see my early morning visit as an integral component of his care during his stay at the hospital. He looked to me for information and guidance about the next step in his management. From him and others like him, I learned not only about the pathology of disease, but also the special bond that develops between physician and patient. It was during this observership that I became entirely determined to apply for an Internal Medicine residency position here in the United States.  The pride I felt in seeing daily improvements in my patients, and managing multiple physiological and psychological challenges left me hungry for more experience as part of some of the world’s finest medical teams.

 I crave further opportunities to develop as both a clinician and a scientist, to build upon my
experiences through access to a diverse patient population and innovative treatments. I come from a developing nation where we are very constrained economically; thus, to some extent, we have to make life and death medical decisions with our hands tied.

 I see Medicine as a profession of lifelong learning, and research as the central key toward making progress in finding solutions to health problems and setting standards for care and disease prevention. I look forward to working long hours, facing challenges, and developing knowledge that will continue to grow during my Internal Medicine residency and beyond. I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic physician who is committed to pursuing this incredible journey.

My long-term plans include completing a fellowship after completing a residency program. I look forward to a long career in internal medicine, compassionate care, intellectual stimulation, and the building of life-long friendships with patients and colleagues. I believe that I am a strong candidate for your residency program because of its ambitious nature; I am looking for a challenge, to become part of an innovative team where we all struggle together for lifelong professional growth. I am a very determined, goal-oriented individual:  calm, relaxed, collected, curious, with strong moral values and determination. I’m a fast learner and a natural team player. I also believe that I have the qualities that make for an exceptional resident, including good listening skills, attention to patient care, conscientiousness, compassion, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and the ability to adapt and perform under pressure.

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