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Pathology Residency, Indian Doctor, American Red Cross Volunteer, Indian Public Health Issues

Updated: Jan 19

I hope to be selected for a Pathology residency program because of my great passion for research and teaching in my field. Nothing excites me as much as the possibility of participating in breakthroughs in Pathology that help result in sustainable life-saving changes that benefit millions. Serving as an integral part of a research team in Pathology is the noblest quest I can think of. I have felt this way for some time, which is why, after finishing medical school in India, where I was born and raised, I also completed advanced training in Pathology.

Research shall always stand at the very center of my professional engagement, and I look forward with keen earnestness to many decades to come giving all to investigation in Pathology, always in search of a refined understanding of the etiology of a disease or data that helps enhance our ability to arrive at a correct prognosis. I also see myself working for one or more non-profit organizations in the long term. My ideal professional position would be an investigator with the World Health Organization.

Since 2017, I have been making a home with my husband, a dentist, in the USA, and I am happier than ever with the thought of continuing to advance in the practice of medicine, especially given so many dramatic advancements being made in science and technology. I have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLEs on the first attempt and will soon be taking Step 3.

I distinctly remember the summer evening I had just finished my tenth first-term examination. My whole family had gathered for a small festival known as Raksha Bandhan in India. My grandfather decided to read his diary and tell us about some of his more notable experiences. I listened with rapt attention as he recounted the loss of my aunt, his daughter, to Retinoblastoma when she was only four years old. I cannot forget his sad face while he told us how much he loved her. His loss was due at least in part to my family’s humble economic circumstances. This touched me deeply, and I began to fully appreciate an illness's profound impact on the entire family. That night I made my decision to study medicine. My parents were proud of my decision. They have been the most significant influence in my life. My mother put my education above her career, and my father worked day and night to pay for my tuition. Because of them, I am driven by positive emotions and an ethic of service to the community, especially its less fortunate members. Practicing medicine and enhancing and expanding my knowledge base in Pathology makes me a pleased and contented person, sleeping well at night and always in a good mood, much of this because I adore my chosen area of specialization in medicine.

Since coming to the US, I have dedicated my time to the USMLE and gained further exposure and experience shadowing Dr. XXXX. I also had the opportunity to volunteer in blood donation camps and health fairs with the American Red Cross. I have long been dedicated as a volunteer in public health campaigns of one kind or another, back home in India and here in the USA. I stay engaged with seminars on public health issues in India and look forward to expanding my volunteer activities here in America as my career matures and progresses. Living in California is a blessing, with excellent weather conditions and professional and personal opportunities. A pathology program in California would be my first choice since my husband is well established at UCXX.

Thank you for considering my application for your distinguished Residency Program in Pathology.

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