I was born in Pakistan where human misery is evident even to a small child and I found myself affected by the suffering I saw as soon as I was old enough to notice it. I determined at an early age to spend my life helping those who suffer. I genuinely regard my decision to be a physician to be a vocation rather than a mere career choice.
I achieved the highest scores in Pediatrics and Obstetrics in my year and regard these achievements as relevant to my application. A positive family environment is the foundation of healthy children, and this effect is cumulative over generations. Consequently, I have decided to maximize my effectiveness as a physician by pursuing Family Medicine. I have become even more convinced of this choice since the birth of my first child three years ago.
I have carefully considered the characteristics required of an excellent Family Medicine practitioner, and I possess them. I understand that a ‘holistic’ approach is required, being sensitive to emotional and physical symptoms, and cultivating a genuine interest in the patient’s family background and social and work environments together with diagnostic skills of a remarkably high order. The specialty demands a high degree of sensitivity, patience, cultural awareness, and empathy which I possess. I am also extremely interested in preventative and proactive interventions to promote good health. I am aware of the need to be sensitive to non-verbal signals during consultations and regard this as particularly important in Family Medicine.
I am widely traveled and have been exposed to people of many cultural and social backgrounds and can relate easily with them. I also possess a highly developed sense of humor. I am extremely interested in assisting with research, and my particular interest is in the prevention and treatment of pediatric diabetes. I have the determination and curiosity that will enable me to succeed in research.
I know that there will be many well-qualified applicants, but I am an exceptional candidate. I have an excellent academic record; I am multilingual; I have the necessary personal traits for this specialty, but my main recommendation is my passionate determination to become a highly effective Family Medicine practitioner.
Thank you for considering my application to a Residency in Family Medicine.
Personal Statement for Residency in Family Medicine