Obstetric Anesthesia Research, Master's Degree Clinical Research, Saudi Arabian Woman Applicant

An Arab woman from Saudi Arabia and a doctor, I completed Medical School at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah where I was born and raised. Jeddah is the most international city in the KSA and diversity and multiculturalism have long been close to my heart. My sense of the practice of medicine as a global enterprise and my devotion to the cause of helping the underserved have blossomed as a result of my own international experience so far, completing a residency in Anesthesia in Germany and more recently giving my all to a one-year fellowship program in Obstetric Anesthesia in Canada. Now that I have become an accomplished physician, especially in the area which most arouses my passion, Obstetric Anesthesia, I seek to enhance my skills in research. To this end, I hope very much to be selected to study towards the Master’s Degree in Clinical Research at XXXX University.

XXXX University if my first choice for further professional advancement through graduate study for a variety of reasons including the location, but most of all the sheer excellence of your program and the fact that I feel that I am a good fit with your rigorous agenda. I hope to distinguish myself in your (MS/MSc) program at XXXX University focused on Obstetric Anesthesia. My special research interest, an area that I have been exploring intensively for some time, is obesity in obstetric patients and what can be done for or with these patients so as to preserve the wellbeing of mother and baby alike. I am also keenly engaged with ongoing research into intraoperative warming during cesarean delivery, its impact on both mother and newborn, along with the analysis of how to best encourage anesthetists to use active warming methods in cesarean deliveries.

After I return home to Jeddah, I look forward to giving the bulk of my professional life to research and teaching. This is why my short-term goal of earning the Master’ Degree in Clinical Research at XXXX University is so central to my long-term plans, distinguishing myself on the cutting edge of research in the area of Obstetric Anesthesia as well as Research Methodology, teaching both of them to students. Saudi Arabia lags far behind Western Medicine in medical research and this is especially true in the area of Obstetric Anesthesia. In fact, medical schools offer little-to-no special training at all in this area of medicine and there are very few obstetric anesthesiologists in Saudi Arabia. At some point, I hope to be instrumental to and make important contributions to the development of a fellowship program in Obstetric Anesthesia in my country, so that we can train highly skilled obstetric anesthesiologists at home, in addition to those small numbers that are fortunate enough to be able to receive advanced training abroad. Central to my professional identity is the care of women who are giving birth. I want to be there for them. While I see research as essential, I will always continue to practice to some extent, two highly complimentary sides of the same coin. In Canada I have been involved in 2 research projects, one of them a case report which will soon be published, the other is a prospective randomized controlled study. I keenly look forward to decades to come, investigating the best ways that we can go about improving and safeguarding the lives of mothers and their babies throughout the childbirth process in Saudi Arabia. Earning the Master’s Degree in Clinical Research will provide me with a solid foundation in state-of-the-art research.

I thank you for considering my application.

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