Born in Texas and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, until returning to the USA at 16, I am pleased that I am entirely African, culturally, and linguistically. I speak French as well as English.
I trace my initial interest in Obstetrics to my concern for the fact that the number one cause of maternal mortality in West Africa is post-partum hemorrhage. Thus, one of the most important of many reasons why I hope to be selected for your distinguished fellowship program in Obstetric Anesthesiology is to put my training to good use at some point in West Africa, as well as in the USA, contributing to the development of clinical strategies for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage and enhancing my understanding of the numerous factors that contribute to maternal death in Africa.
I finished medical school at XXXX University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, in March 2014. I began a residency position at Boston Medical Center for my transitional year, serving primarily at the XXXX Hospital in XXXX, MA - through June of 2015. My next experience as a Resident was with the Anesthesiology Program at XXXX Medical Center. I finished this position as Chief Resident on June 30th, 2018.
Being selected for a fellowship position in Obstetric Anesthesiology will take advantage of the strengths I have cultivated so far and prepare me for making my maximum contribution to the field of medicine in the area in which I feel the greatest calling to serve. I look forward to a long professional life giving my all to managing obstetric patients and building a lifetime specialty concerning the relationship between obstetrics and cardiovascular diseases (congenital heart diseases and cardiomyopathy). These diseases are major contributors to maternal mortality in the Developing World. Therefore, my central long-term goal is to make significant contributions to obstetrics in the Developing World, particularly Africa, along with underserved communities here in the USA. I aspire to provide the highest level of maternal care possible and to make my mark down the road as a researcher distinguished for my expertise in cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy. Ideally, I would someday like to become the director of an Obstetrical Anesthesia Department at an academic institution, teaching, engaging in research, practicing, and giving my all to the advancement of my profession. I am driven and take pride in cultivating my compassion, and I could not be more dedicated to lifelong learning.
Spending 5 years in the Army Reserves as an officer helped me develop my leadership skills. Finally, I have grown due to my volunteer work at health fairs as a medical student and a volunteer with the XXXX Mission Project, a Women’s Clinic in Dominica. We perform well-woman exams, community health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose, and even attend to patients in their homes, as necessary.
Thank you for considering my application.
Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Personal Statement