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Saudi Arabian Radiology Personal Statement Sample, Fellowship in Body Imaging

A graduate of Al-Qasim University Medical College in Saudi Arabia, I currently live in Riyadh, where I am completing my body imaging fellowship training. A dedicated and hardworking young doctor, I am hoping very much to be selected for a Fellowship position in North America in the area of Body Imaging so as to learn how to conduct research and practice radiology on the cutting-edge of medicine. This will prepare me for a professional lifetime of contribution to the development of Medicine in my country, Saudi Arabia.

I hope to make contributions to our profession that also serve to advance the science of Radiology on a region-wide level, throughout the Middle East. I feel that I am a strong candidate for a Fellowship Position in Body Imaging because of the great passion that I have for my chosen area of medicine. I eat, sleep, and breathe Body Imaging. Even in my free time, I am reading about the numerous advancements being made in my field, most of which are taking place in North America and I profoundly hope to be selected to your program so that I can learn as much as I can about body imaging and continue to build upon it for the duration of my professional career, many decades to come.

I am now in the process of completing a 2-year body imaging local fellowship (after completing 4-year Radiology residency program in 2015) at XXXX Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the flagship Radiology program in Saudi Arabia and one of the most advanced health care institutions in the Middle East, specializing in oncology and organ transplant. I have had my sights set on becoming the finest doctor possible since primary school, since my parents trained me to have a humanitarian and civic consciousness and I wanted to respond to the great demand in Saudi society for medical professionals, generally speaking, and well-trained doctors in particular.

My central professional goal in life is to contribute everything that I can to the advancement of the field of body imaging, both here in the KSA and abroad. I look forward to building a distinguished career as an outstanding body imager on the cutting-edge of practice at the same time that I teach Radiology to new generations of medical and Radiology students in Saudi Arabia.

Currently serving as a demonstrator in the Radiology Department at XXXX University, I stay very busy completing related coursework and attending conferences.  I especially enjoy contributing to research in every way that I can. Filing case reports is second nature and I enjoy it immensely – some of them have been published.

I find great fulfillment in my work in Radiology and it makes me proud to serve my country and to live up to the noble ideals of my religion, family, culture, etc. I aspire to become increasingly international in my thinking and outlook and to build networks with colleagues from all over the world who share my passion for Radiology.

I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished Fellowship Program in Radiology.

The Humanitarian Side of Radiology

Humanitarian work is usually a challenge for doctors. That´s one of the reasons why it´s so attractive. It gives you a very different perspective on life and medicine.

Radiology, however, is a relatively new concept in the world of international medical humanitarian work.

There are a few NGOs that you can volunteer abroad with, but there aren´t as many much-needed resources for radiologists to use within the developing world. In July, 2010, Project HOPE and RAD-AID International decided to collaborate, and work towards changing the situation.

Project HOPE and RAD-AID International announced a strategic collaboration to improve access to medical imaging services for people in medically-underserved areas within emerging and developing countries. The project, supported by Philips, began with an assessment in northern India and western China, where there is particularly limited access to advanced medical technologies and services.

“Project HOPE has a deep commitment to improving health in the world’s two most populous countries, and we are grateful to have the support and engagement of RAD-AID International and Philips in this new endeavor,” said John P. Howe III, M.D., the president and CEO of Project HOPE. “Both RAD-AID and Philips bring valuable expertise and resources in the area of radiology and medical imaging.”

The initiative utilizes RAD-AID’s Radiology-ReadinessTM framework – a structured multidisciplinary approach addressing economic development, technology implementation and optimized clinical applications to assess and plan sustainable long-term medical imaging in communities with limited health care resources.

The partnership is designed to expand and optimize vital medical imaging services as a component of HOPE’s health care programs.

For more information about how to get involved, take a look at the Project HOPE website.

Radiologists without Borders (RWB)

RWB is another nonprofit based in the USA that works with communities in the developing world. Want to find out what it´s like? In 2015, Dinesh Kommareddy, the acting Secretary of RWB, took a week-long mission trip to Muhumbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

The objective of the trip was to provide equipment, training, and expertise to the Radiology department at MUHAS in order to improve the quality of patient-care to the people of Tanzania.

Dinesh wrote an in depth blog post series about his experiences working alongside a team of radiologists, including the founder of the organization. Here´s more about his experiences. To find out how you can volunteer on the ship, visit this site.

Radiology on the Africa Mercy Floating Hospital Ship

The Africa Mercy, is a rehabilitated Danish ferry and the largest private floating hospital ship in the world. There is a small radiology department on board the vessel, which serves 15 West African countries. When fully-staffed, the ship has a crew of 450 people, including nurses, doctors, volunteers who run the ship and ancillary health care workers. When the ship docks in Togo, a sports stadium has to be used to conduct screenings, and up to 8000 people can appear during just one day. For more on Africa Mercy´s story, and the radiology department in particular, see the American Journal of Roentgenology´s full document here.

An Analysis of Interventional Radiology in the Developing World

In 2013, an article by five authors was published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The goal was to learn the financial and intellectual challenges of bringing minimally invasive procedures to the developing world; where to find funding and equipment for humanitarian use; how experiences from the battlefield environment can be applied to remote, underserved áreas; and how low-cost modalities can be used to perform minimally invasive procedures.

The authors found that there are significant obstacles that must be overcome to safely and practically implement minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures in the developing world. Careful consideration of resource allocation, personnel training, and procedural selection was found to be crucial to maintain a safe and sustainable IR practice in the underserved world.

The full document, which is available here, introduces strategies for implementing an IR service in developing nations. The authors discovered that financial requirements can be mitigated by a careful needs-based analysis and reliance on cost-effective modalities.

Alternative and durable training schemes involving long term partnerships with foreign institutions and medical simulation training could also be used to overcome the practical and ethical limitations of traditional training methods using in developing countries. IR practice in the austere environment and effective mobile health care programs can be used as a framework to establish practices in impoverished nations, state the authors.