The loss of my mother to rheumatic heart disease, while I was still a child, has colored and directed my life, given me purpose; and, especially as I healed, my interest in the human heart has not ceased to increase day-by-day. The heart is the center of my world as a human being and as a medical doctor. Thus, I hope to continue to advance as a medical professional specializing in this area of medicine and be awarded a fellowship in Cardiology so that I will be able to make my maximum contribution to Cardiology throughout the course of my career. I began with as broad-ranging approach as possible in Internal Medicine, the foundation; but I have known all along, since medical school, that nothing excites me as much as Cardiology. Thus, I hope very much to be selected for a residency position in your distinguished program in Cardiology.
I am most thankful to currently have the privilege of learning from and assisting some of the finest mentors in the world at Yale University’s Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). My time at Yale and the favorable reception that I have received, and the appreciation that has been shown for my work, help me to feel most confident that I would be able to hit the ground running in your fellowship program in Cardiology. I am now ready for clinical training. As part of my research, I have been involved in topics such as physician-industry ties (Sunshine Act), conflict of interest, and the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). I am most interested in clinical research that has urgent relevance for the clinical practice of Cardiology, particularly with respect to outcomes research. I have been looking at the mortality benefit of ICD in sarcoidosis and amyloidosis compared with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, to cite a few examples. I am also involved in the study of Industry payments to physicians and its impact on their practice patterns, device selection, and prescription patterns. I particularly enjoy my interactions with emergency medical services as I study their role in reducing door-to-balloon time and in-hospital mortality.
I want to make my professional mark in life contributing to the improvement of outcomes in Cardiology and, in particular, how to measure those outcomes. Working with eminent mentors in the field of outcomes research has helped me to grasp the big picture of research as well as appreciating the details. Serving as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine has helped me grow both personally and professionally. Each day I seek increasing excellence as a team player able to quickly resolve complex challenges. I believe that my current research training will provide me a strong foundation for contributing to outcomes research and also help me to grow steadily as a physician who could not be more dedicated to the enhancement of quality of care received by our patients. After completing your program, my dream will be realized as a Cardiologist on the cutting-edge of advancement in our field.
My personal experiences have taught me to be humble and to give my all. While becoming a Cardiologist will not bring my mother back, it does do wonders to resuscitate me each day and drives me forward with great zest and zeal to serve as a member of our profession.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your consideration of my application.