As I am putting this statement together. I realize it is time again for yet a much more signiﬁcant step in my career. Progressing through academic goals in a physician‘s life is much like climbing to a summit: the moment you arrive. you realize this is just the beginning of a new journey. To an outsider, this may seem exhausting. However. I would like to think I belong to the group of people that derive joy and fulﬁllment from such challenges.
Being raised in a loving cherishing family with good health and education. one must not forget that none of these so-called privileges can be taken for granted. My parents understood this very well and brought us up accordingly. That which you have plenty of, you shall share with your fellow man. \Mth this intention and given my longstanding amazement with the human body and its intricacies. I have been drawn to medicine as a potential future career.
With my parents‘ support along with excellent high school grades. I was gratefully accepted into the in Egypt. in 2006. The experience I had during my internal medicine clerkship at University represents a signiﬁcant turning point in my career, With every patient encounter. I have received a sense of gratiﬁcation and discovered an opportunity to learn something new. Each new case was an interesting puzzle that I wanted to solve with curiosity. I had always wanted to know more about diseases’ pathophysiology and the rationale behind each management plan.
My internal medicine clerkship mentor Dr. University inspired me a lot. I started to grow compassion and pay more attention to details by just shadowing the way he took care of his patients. Deeply motivated by him. I decided to follow his footsteps to be a great Internist like him, Starting my internal medicine residency at the University of later on introduced me to different essential aspects I got to appreciate very Well.
I believe that communication skills and health education are essential cornerstones in a patient’s care. “In order to be a successful doctor you must initially be successful in your relationship with your patients.” This sentence was the ﬁrst sentence which Dr, XXXX. program director. taught us on the ﬁrst day of residency. One day. one patient presented to the hospital with symptoms and signs of end-stage renal disease and required permanent renal dialysis three times per week. After investigations for renal failure, she found to have systemic lupus erythematosus “SLE,” She gave me a history of small joint stiffness. recurrent oral ulcers. and excessive hair loss for three years, “I thought those symptoms are not signiﬁcant,” she said when | asked her why she did not seek medical advice earlier. I explained to her the SLE in detail and its early symptoms and signs.
Eight months later she came to me with her daughter. who complained of a malar rash and mild joint pain. After investigation. her daughter found to have SLE. “Thank you for teaching me. please. keep educating your patients and the public about early diseases‘ symptoms and signs, to prevent advanced cases” these were her unforgettable words, Later on. I joined Sehetna “Our Health” Medical Society. Our team organized weekly health education meetings in rural underserved areas for early symptoms recognition of chronic diseases, It was great. Pursuing my dream. and moving on to XXXXX Medical Corporation. HMC, afﬁliated with xxxxx and an ACGME-I accredited program was a signiﬁcant step in my career. The program has exposed me to a wide variety of patients with different backgrounds, I remembered one patient I had received. who has been in the hospital for months complaining of undiagnosed chronic diarrhea which raised a challenge. After getting a detailed history, doing a complete physical examination, and spending a whole night digging through his old files.
I could conclude three possible differentials. l was excited when one of the differentials I proposed. which is mitochondrial neuro- gastrointestinal encephalopathy “MNGEI syndrome” got conﬁrmed after running the required investigations, After that. my passion for internal medicine and curiosity to reach a diagnosis proved. I inherited the love of teaching from my father. who is a professor of mechanical engineering. For that. after my graduation from medical school. I volunteered as a tutor of internal medicine for ﬁfth-year students, Also. during my HMC internal medicine residency, I had the opportunity to work and learn from great mentors from all over the world, who amplify my love of teaching. Over the past couple of years. I had the privilege of teaching and guiding medical students. interns, and junior residents through their ﬁrst patient encounters, cultivating knowledge, skills and compassion.
Besides I organized teaching sessions two times per week in which we discussed difficult topics and clinical examination. I am proud when I see them taking care of patients with confidence, For these reasons, a career in Internal Medicine would satisfy both my thirst for knowledge and my desire for robust and long-lasting patient relationships. I believe that I still can learn better and do better in a place that would support evidence-based medicine and research. In return, I will bring enthusiasm. diligence. and most of aIL my endless curiosity. Applying to programs in the USA would serve to satisfy my need, sharpen my clinical skills, and get the best of me to offer to patients Carrying all the ambition and determination. I hope I can make it to what I am looking forward to.