I have been told that the key to being an excellent radiologist is never to forget that behind every single image, there is a unique individual who is certainly very anxious. They have loved ones and friends who are also worried. The image represents real people with fears and hopes and is often the key to an early and accurate diagnosis and identifying appropriate treatment. I always approach my work with these words in mind and intend always to do so.
My success in my academic career has been achieved by having very highly developed analytical skills and a naturally curious mind, an enthusiastic team player, I want to work in an area where advances are rapid. It has always been my intention to make a difference as well as merely to make a living, and this desire led me to an interest in medical imaging, which has developed into a passion. I believe that my skills and characteristics will enable me to become an excellent radiologist and assist in the advancement of this fascinating and vital area of medical science.
I am an enthusiastic team player and know this is a vital asset in my chosen field. A good team always provides a better outcome than any individual team member. While, like most people, I like my input to be acknowledged and valued, I am always ready to seek and take advice and guidance and give credit to other team members. You may not know much about cricket, but it is a game in which it is possible for a player to ‘shine’ selfishly to the detriment of the team’s benefit. It is good training in subsuming selfish desires to the outcome. Being the firstborn in a large Asian family has also provided excellent training in ‘pulling together’ as part of a team with common aims. I was expected to help raise my younger siblings, which gave me early and beneficial experience in taking responsibility and providing leadership. Helping my siblings with their schoolwork gave me a love of teaching and sharing my knowledge, and I hope always to be able to help to develop skills and expertise in others which gives me enormous satisfaction.
I was born in India to a family who had to face many financial challenges and lived there until the age of twelve when the family moved to Canada; I currently study in Qatar. I have happily studied, worked, and socialized with people from many social and cultural backgrounds. I am culturally sensitive and enjoy learning about other cultures and sharing knowledge about my own. My university selected me to provide orientation tours to new students. This was because it was recognized that I have an easygoing personality and a well-developed sense of humor. I love my pastimes of cricket and cooking international dishes, which allow me to interact with others socially.
I know that you will be considering applications from many well-qualified candidates. However, I am an excellent candidate. I am a qualified biomedical engineer whose academic successes, awards, and research work speak to my intelligence, diligence, and determination to succeed. I believe I have demonstrated that I possess the personal characteristics required of an excellent, rather than a competent radiologist. Most importantly, I am passionately interested in this field and in helping patients by applying all my skills and knowledge in full cooperation with doctors from other specialties.
Radiology Residency Personal Statement