In my 3rd year of an Internal Medicine residency, I spend ‘all’ of my elective rotations in Endocrinology, my chosen area of specialization. As a young doctor with a high level of energy matched only by my motivation to perform as an outstanding clinical practitioner and researcher, Endocrinology is the center of my world. I read myself to sleep almost every night, reading widely in my chosen area of medicine, and I am driven to stay entirely abreast of this field to balance my professional life. I look forward to long hours, giving my all to your Fellowship Program in Endocrinology.
My diligence has been rewarded with responsibility in my current position since I have recently been elected as one of the Chief Residents in my program, providing me with a solid foundation for cultivating my leadership and administrative skills. Especially since I began my residency program and gained increasing experience, I have come to appreciate better the critical, central importance of Endocrinology, which is intimately related to a whole host of pathologies. My passion for the fight against diabetes, in particular, inspired me in this area. Along with diabetes, obesity is my main specific career interest. I am exceptionally well-read concerning the global pandemic of obesity and its devastating outcomes. In addition to diabetes, obesity is linked to numerous disorders such as MI or stroke. I look forward to waging war on obesity throughout my professional life and on multiple levels, from prevention geared toward young people and older patients struggling to manage their disease.
Born and raised mainly in Serbia, I have also spent significant time in Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Tunisia, UAE, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Montenegro. These days, I am very much enjoying New York. I thrive on diversity and especially enjoy meeting other professionals and patients from the former Yugoslavia, speaking, as do I, Serbian, Croatian, or Bosnian, my mother tongues. With my sights focused on the underserved of New York, many if not most of whom speak more Spanish than English, I have also been learning Spanish intensively, almost since my arrival. I continue to make rapid progress in Spanish, although I read it and understand it better than I can speak it.
From living in different cities in various countries, I have gained tremendous experience in adapting to new environments, tackling new challenges, and interacting with people from all walks of life. Most animated and enthusiastic, I look forward to my future in Endocrinology with a great sense of endowment, fulfillment, and a keenly-felt obligation to provide exceptional patient care. I see patient education as an incredibly crucial ingredient to successful outcomes. It gives patients greater control over their lives but lessens their fear and anxiety. My long-term objectives include sub-specializing in diabetes management and focusing on obesity and its relationship to thyroid disease. My dream job would be a clinical position allowing me to collaborate closely with researchers with similar interests. I am thankful that I have the full support of my family to make the practice of medicine my top priority since I see solid family support as essential for constant professional improvement as a medical practitioner.
I enjoy how Endocrinology plays an intricate role in the function of multiple organ systems. I love the creativity and critical thinking required for our complex field and how it provides us with a comprehensive understanding of human nature. I especially enjoy patient contact, discussions of lifestyle choices, and making decisions for the long rather than the short term.
I date my passion for the miracle of medicine to the day when I was about ten years old, when one of my classmates who lived in our apartment building fell from the third floor, landing with a thud in our front yard. This was perhaps the most significant single event of my childhood from my perspective, and I fixated on this child’s good fortune to have survived the incident. Later, when he returned to school, I made it a point to learn all I could concerning his long and arduous recovery and how it resulted from excellent and extensive medical care. This way, I became determined to dedicate myself to saving lives one day. To this day, I am convinced that confronting this medical emergency so early on has contributed to my extremely natural and calm demeanor around patients and my casual, cool, and collected response to the crisis.
Another factor that has helped me succeed in medicine was spending much of my time playing competitive volleyball as a child. This is especially true in teamwork and the natural rhythm between team members required to become top-notch. We did our best for an extended period, playing as one and catering to the individual strengths of each member. Thus, I also learned to pay attention to detail and be precise in everything. Now, entirely devoted to Internal Medicine, I seek to become a master clinician who takes a clear history, performs a thorough exam, and uses evidence-based medicine to diagnose and treat my patients properly.
Thank you for considering my application to your distinguished Fellowship Program in Endocrinology.