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Colorectal Surgery Residency Personal Statement

Updated: May 7

As I sat under the Saharan sun during my Peace Corps service in West Africa, I dreamed about what it would be like to be a doctor one day. That dream recently came to fruition as I stared at my first suppurative appendix in a patient’s abdomen. I had teased out the culprit, and here we stood looking at each other. The many years encompassing premedical studies, medical school, and now internship had prepared me as I had diagnosed my patient with acute appendicitis, and now I had resolved the problem. My satisfaction was unsurpassable –I was well on my way to becoming a surgeon.

My parents like to say they could sense my determination from the first cry I let out like a newborn. At age five, I coaxed my father into letting me, instead of him, administer the vaccinations to the pigs he was raising. From there, my aspirations of becoming a doctor thrived. However, as a college senior, I was disappointed when I was not accepted to medical school. My ambition never wavered; I just adjusted my course and set off to learn new skills as a public health worker in West Africa. This flexibility and passion for life have allowed me never to let go of my dreams – and here I stand today: Dr. Jones. During my fourth year of medical school, intent on becoming a surgeon, I was disappointed not to obtain a position in general surgery. As I reach for that now, however, my work as an intern at XXXX Health Care has colorfully illustrated that general surgery is indeed my career destination. I enjoy taking care of perioperative patients, learning about surgical cases and complications, and participating in the operating room as often as possible. As an essential part of the resident team, I can communicate effectively with patients and peers, manage problems, and adhere to surgical duties even after long hours because of my adaptability and determination to do my best.

Colorectal Surgery, Public Health, Trauma
Colorectal Surgery Personal Statement Example

I will never forget the first midline celiotomy I assisted on as a third-year medical student during my trauma rotation at Large Hospital. I watched as my female chief resident opened the gunshot victim’s abdomen with finesse and stamina akin to a sculptor shaping his most delicate art. While I have been told that great surgeons master their skills through training, I feel drawn to surgery because I love using my hands to create. Such is evident in the jewelry-making entrepreneurship I managed while in medical school. I would craft jewelry pieces with beads from all over the world in my spare time between studies, each a puzzle that unfolded like the mosaic of my life. For in my pursuit of medicine, I have been able to travel much of the world and further my education in public health, all because I have endured my trials into tribulations by heeding the challenges that have presented themselves. As such, I will bring a wealth of life experience to a residency program, and the ability to communicate on many cultural levels, especially necessary when encountering patients that are especially challenging to care for.

Colorectal Surgery, Public Health, Trauma
Colorectal Surgery Personal Statement

I aspire to participate in a training program that optimizes the attainment of surgical knowledge and skill while promoting communication and total care of the patient. I am most intrigued by the bowel and therefore leaning toward a future in colorectal surgery. Still, I favor a program with a broad patient population and diverse medical teams. Given my public health background, I am interested in pursuing clinical and epidemiological research as a part of my graduate medical education. Further, I would like to find a program that embraces the less fortunate in other countries by providing opportunities for surgical staff and residents abroad. My goal is to one day be a general surgeon who knows no boundaries in caring for her patients.

Colorectal Surgery Residency Personal Statement


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