I am an experienced and well-qualified physician, raised in India. I have worked both in India and in the US as a physician and, latterly in the US as an Assistant Medical Director in healthcare administration. I am aware that it is probably unusual for a practicing physician to apply for this program. Naturally, I am not abandoning a medical career without a great deal of thought. I am convinced that my professional experience here and in India provides an excellent basis for me to add considerable value to the specialty of Health Administration and will enable me to play a part in solving problems related to the provision of timely and effective healthcare on a universal basis. I am seeking to maximize my utility in the field of healthcare provision and am convinced that the program will equip me to do so. Thus, I hope very much to be accepted to the Master’s Degree Program in Health Administration at XXXX University.
I was raised the elder of two daughters in fairly comfortable circumstances. Happily, and unusually, I was not subject, within my family, to the educational and professional limitations by reason of my gender that many of my friends experienced within theirs. Outside of my family environment, I did suffer the severe impact of discrimination common in a still strongly patriarchal society. It is a measure of my determination and hard work that I qualified, practiced and gained professional respect within that society. I have also been left with an understandable sense of grievance and a determination to do all I can to improve this situation.
It was necessary for me to work harder than male peers to ‘prove myself’ and this has had the fortunate side-effect of increasing my natural diligence and enthusiasm in undertaking my duties whether studying, working or in my private life. I always work with the aim of excelling rather than merely succeeding and fully intend to apply this to the program.
I was raised to see my relative privilege as providing opportunities to help those less fortunate and I have always sought to do so. It is an unavoidable part of life Indian life to be aware of deprivation and, as a sensitive, caring person, this had its effects upon me and my career, and other, choices. I chose to undertake voluntary work while a medical student in a ‘Female Health and Family Planning Clinic’ and this brought home to me the enormous disparity in healthcare expectations and provision which affects me still. This, together with my experience as a physician in India and even here in the US, has made me sensitive to failures and problems in healthcare provision and a passionate desire to be part of the solution.
I am regarded as a reliable, hard-working, friendly and outgoing person. I co-operate easily with others to achieve common goals and enjoy being a team member who is also ready to exercise leadership when called upon. My background will assure the reader that I am academically capable and equipped to add value to a program that, I know, will be highly challenging.
I thank you for considering my application to Health Administration at XXXX University.