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Pediatrics Personal Statement #1

Pediatrics is an exciting, challenging field that allows the physician to draw together different talents in order to provide quality care. I am drawn to Pediatrics because it is the only medical field that incorporates all of my interests. As a pediatrician I will be able to act as an advocate for children, work toward health policy reform, and encourage and support the needs of my patients. The long-term impact that a pediatrician has is tremendous. Pediatricians take an active role in the healthy development of children. Parents trust the judgment of their children’s physicians and rely on them for advice. I believe that lessons learned at a young age, especially those related to health choices, tend to stay with one through life. The opportunity to serve as a role model for children, encourage them to develop their talents, and promote a healthy lifestyle greatly appeals to me.

Pediatrics, more than any other medical specialty, embodies the ideas and values that I cherish: compassionate care, social advocacy, preventative medicine, and an active interest in community health. My interests extend beyond the clinical realm and the field of pediatrics. As a student in a combined MD/MPH program, I appreciate the importance of caring for the individual as well as the community at large. I am particularly interested in addressing the varied health disparities that exist in the United States. I plan on working with low-income and disadvantaged individuals and will work toward increasing the accessibility of healthcare.
I have supplemented my medical school education with a variety of extracurricular experiences. I have worked with community youth through various programs. These experiences have shown me the immense potential that children have when given the proper encouragement. This became especially clear to me through my work with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I started volunteering there last December and was matched with a twelve-year old boy named Joe. Joe’s difficult childhood negatively affected his communication skills, his self-confidence, and his school performance. I meet with Joe at least every other week and have seen an incredible change over the past several months. He has become more assertive, self-confident, and his school performance has markedly improved. While I cannot attribute all of this change to the time we spend together, I do believe that my relationship with him has had a positive effect. As a pediatrician, I look forward to the opportunity to have this type of impact on a daily basis.
I am confident that I have the drive and the necessary attributes to become a successful pediatrician. My volunteer and extracurricular experiences demonstrate that I relate well to individuals from diverse backgrounds and establish honest and sincere rapport with patients, families, and co-workers alike. My ability to listen to others and to treat their feelings with the utmost respect and concern allows me to build these relationships. In addition, I strive to optimize my potential through hard work and dedication. Approaching every situation with humility, I seek to apply thorough and conscientious decision-making. I understand the importance of working as a team and value the opportunity to achieve a common goal.

My immediate goal is to join a residency-training program at a large academic center in an urban setting. This environment will enable me to work with a diverse population, explore fellowship opportunities, and give me the personal enjoyment of living in a metropolitan area. An academic environment is appealing because it fosters intellectual curiosity and permits ample teaching opportunities. After residency, I see myself working in a similar setting and pursuing my interests in clinical practice, public health, and academic teaching.

Pediatrics is an exciting field with an immeasurable potential for creating positive change. My educational and extracurricular experiences have solidified my desire to enter this extraordinary profession. I am excited to further my career goals through a Pediatrics residency.


Pediatrics Personal Statement #1

 

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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
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