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I have invested well over a decade in researching what makes the personal statement for medical residency or fellowship as effective as possible - particularly in the area of Pediatrics and especially since the birth of my son David nearly 5 years ago. I invite you to fill out my Online Interview Form and send me your CV and/or rough draft for a free

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Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology Sample 1st Paragraph, Syrian Doctor

I finished the last part of medical school in my native Syria in the middle of a war. After finishing my studies, I plunged immediately into a year of full time research in the area that has long commanded my priority interest, infectious disease. Last year I immigrated to the USA and began my pediatrics residency at XXXX Children’s Hospital in July of 2013. Since that time I have become most familiar with resources and procedures in pediatrics in a major American hospital and I give my all to my work, so that I will learn all that I can to make me an increasingly effective doctor. My experience here in America is my foremost strength as an applicant to your distinguished and competitive fellowship program. I hope to make America my home and to continue to develop my specialty, staying deeply engaged in research in the area of pediatric endocrinology. At some point later on in my career, I hope to return to Syria to assist in rebuilding a broken health care system with special attention to the development of resources in pediatrics.

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I have always adored children and have worked with them professionally off an on. Since my son Davy was born on November 5, 2011, this toddler has become the total center of my world. He is all that I have, my only family. This is why I get especially excited by the opportunity to draft a model personal statement in the area of pediatrics, because of the importance of children to us all, our futures, the future of the human race, our planet, etc.: it all depends on your children, our greatest and most precious resource.

The Humanitarian Side of Pediatrics

Ryan Wilcox, MD, is a humanitarian pediatrician. He´s also a Mormon. He travels the world, teaching hospital staff how to help newborn babies breathe. But you don´t have to be a Mormon, or religious in any way, to do humanitarian work, of course. You don´t have to go on a mission three times a year, like Dr. Wilcox, either. You´re in control, and you can choose where you go and what you do. Your humanitarian work could go in many interesting directions.

A Veteran Humanitarian Pediatrician´s Story

As I write this article for you, longtime pediatrician and humanitarian Dr. Edgar McCanless was named Family & Youth´s 2015 Humanitarian of the Year and decided to retire. When he finally got his medical degree, he wasn´t decided about becoming a pediatrician. He spent two months at the New Orleans Charity Hospital helping children who had infectious diseases like meningitis and whooping cough, “stuff you never see anymore.” He described the hospital as overflowing with patients in need. “It was quite an eye-opener for me,” said Dr. McCanlesss.

After that, he traveled to New York City, where he was in residency for six months at a contagious disease hospital: Willard Parker Hospital. When he finished his residency, McCanless´s interests drew him towards investigating the psychological aspects of disease. He went to Pittsburgh to do a program that was part of the psychiatric hospital set up by Benjamin Spock. He credits his time here for helping him later in his career, and pursue humanitarian work.

During the Korean War, McCanless was labeled as 4F due to orthopedic issues. He went into the Air Force and Barksdale in Shreveport, where he was in charge of both the inpatient and outpatient care at the pediatric hospital. He spent his time inoculating children with the first polio vaccine.

During that time, Dr. McCanless got married. In 1957, McCanless joined the Lake Charles Medical and Surgical Clinic, which later became Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He was there until 1981, before working at the Children’s Clinic and caring for a large number of foster children, as well as the abused and neglected. He said he even took special courses to help with some of the cases he encountered.

Working closely with child protection officials, and then with Family & Youth, he was soon asked to help set up the Child Protection Unit, which he did. McCanless had routine meetings with counselors and workers for the children until his retirement in 2014 at age 89.

“I thought it’s about time to quit,” McCanless said. “It has been very rewarding and satisfying to do this….”

Over the years, McCanless has been a part of the Rotary Club, and he supports the Duke Chapel and the Duke Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society, the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, and the Louisiana chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics.

McCanless received the Pinnacle Light of Hope Award in 2000 from Family & Youth and the Charles Downing Award from the Southwest Louisiana Law Center in 2015.

Now that he is retired, he said he enjoys going to the theater and symphony concerts. He said he often goes to the local movie theater to watch the Metropolitan Opera on the big screen.

Dr. Brilliant, the Pediatrician who Spent Two Decades Doing Humanitarian Work

In April, 2016, Dr. Brilliant died aged 90. Dr. Brilliant practiced pediatrics and specialized in hematology. “Everybody knew her name because Dr. Brilliant is a great name for a doctor,” said Tara Donn, Dr. Brilliant´s daughter.

After retiring in the mid-1990s, Brilliant dedicated nearly two decades of her life to humanitarian work, bringing her knowledge of medicine to the people that needed it in Africa. Soon after she retired, she co-founded the nonprofit Society for Hospital and Resources Exchange, or SHARE, alongside Dr. Martha "Bobby" MacGuffie, to help Kenyan AIDS orphans.

Brilliant later founded the nonprofit Children’s Aid Program for Africa (CAPA). Similar to SHARE, CAPA is a nonprofit that helps children get medical support in Africa.