I was in my second year of an Ob/Gyn residency in my native Ukraine when I met Maria who was complaining of infertility and amenorrhea. After unsuccessful hormonal therapy she was sent to our department for hysteroscopy. I entered the uterine cavity and for a moment I felt like I had entered a haunted house. Multiple firm adhesions were connecting the walls of the uterus, all intertwined like a web. That was an Asherman syndrome, which I had seen previously only in books. After a couple of hysteroscopic resections, mechanical and hormonal treatment and serial office hysteroscopies, we almost gave up, but decided to perform the last hysteroscopy with the application of hyaluronic gel. In a year, Maria came back with a beautiful red-haired, baby-boy, Stefan, in her arms.
Now 29, I was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, a beautiful sea port with a diverse, international population; we have always been privileged as one of Ukraine’s top tourist destinations which helped a great deal early on with my appreciation and celebration of diversity and multilingualism. My mother is Polish and my father Bulgarian and Romanian, which also contributed to my capacity for the celebration of diversity in medicine. I graduated with my MD from Odessa National University in 2012. My husband and I first came to America and visited California as tourists. We simply fell in love with so many things about California - people, nature, culture and food, as well as professional opportunity. So, we decided to move here 2.5 years ago, and live near San Francisco.
I hope to be selected for an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program here in the USA that is distinguished for excellence in community outreach, cutting-edge research, and the encouragement of a team atmosphere with close contact between faculty and residents. For some time now, I have been working at learning Spanish and, while I have a very long way to go, I am devoted to this cause because of the importance of Spanish for outreach to the underserved. I love to work with new technologies that help to improve health outcomes for patients. During my observerships in the United States, I have learned a great deal about cutting-edge technologies, as well as medical ethics and the US healthcare system generally speaking. After giving my all to and completing a residency program, I hope to also go on to complete a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.
My residency in Ob/Gyn in one of the best hospitals in Odessa, Ukraine was the highlight of my life so far, in addition to screenings of mostly healthy women I also very much enjoyed the challenge of surgery. After finishing medical school I served at several hospitals in Odessa, one of which specialized in treating women with HIV facing high-risk pregnancies. I recognized the magnitude of effective communication with patients from diverse backgrounds, educating and empowering in addition to providing treatment. I also spent a lot of time in trauma in Odessa, especially in the wake of political violence. I triaged the wounded and assisted in complex surgeries as part of specialist teams. In my free time, I volunteered in a women’s prison, performing general physical exams, pelvic exams, taking Pap smears, etc. to ensure that the women received proper medical treatment. I decided to do this after I found out that these women usually receive care only in emergency cases, with no preventive care.
Here in the USA, among my other preparations, I am proud of the fact that I finished all steps of the USMLE in 2 years with above average scores. My hobbies include travelling, outdoor activities, yoga, and dancing: salsa and bachata.
I thank you for considering my application.