Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, I think of myself as African American since I am now a naturalized citizen who has been in the USA for 15 years. At 38, I consider myself in my prime in every way and always take great care of my physical strength and resources and that of my family. I give my all as a medical doctor and thrive on working long hours. I attribute the level of success that I have achieved so far in life to a lot of challenging work, having always placed my education as a top priority. A firm believer in lifelong education, I continue to study hard when I am not making my rounds, especially in HIV and infectious diseases.
In search of a new residency position in Internal Medicine, I have the full support of my wife—a medical professional—concerning relocating our family wherever my career might call me. My short and long-term goals are the same, to continue my passion for working as an attending physician in Internal Medicine. I hope someday to help open clinics back in Nigeria to provide healthcare to the people in the place where I grew up. It is my dream to eventually have the profound privilege of practicing medicine in Igbo and Yoruba—my other native languages, in addition to English.
Putting my heart into my study of medicine has always been central to my professional philosophy. Early on, this included a great deal of volunteer work, primarily as an undergraduate student working with the Abatete Igbo Catholic Community and then serving as President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. I have also actively hosted Catholic health fairs and seminars over the past two years. I have learned a great deal through my professional and volunteer experiences—working as a medical lab technologist in a hospital for six years and completing preliminary residency training in surgery for two years. I assisted with and performed various surgical procedures as assigned during that time. Another aspect of my strength and success in life is my profound sense of good fortune at being the only one of 8 children to be blessed with the opportunity to go to college, let alone complete Medical School. This is one reason the long hours of an attending physician come most naturally to me since, from the age of seven onward, I helped my parents feed my family—usually by hawking peanuts that I carried around on my head. Even while attending seminary school, I would do this every evening, thus missing much of the carefree innocence of leisure time and play. But I never despaired. I have been lucky, especially for winning the lottery to live and work in the USA.
I lost my mother the year before last to cancer, strengthening my resolve as a physician. My professional and life experiences thus far and my volunteer experience have shaped me into who I am today. Conditions back in Nigeria are worse than ever, lack of clean water, drastically inadequate diet, electricity only for the wealthy, and what troubles me most is little to no access to healthcare for poor people—has made me strong. Thus, in addition to doing what I can for my family and community back home, I am incredibly empathetic to those who suffer from poverty and social marginalization here in America. My empathy and my resolve are my greatest strengths. I always stay calm and work as hard as I can.
Currently a second-year preliminary surgery resident at XXXX University Hospital, I feel strongly that I have gained the requisite experience for embarking on the new trajectory of a residency position in Internal Medicine because of my extensive experience in vascular, transplant, urological, cardiothoracic, orthopedic, neurological, and general surgery as well as trauma. It is ironic, as a surgeon, that I long to have a share in helping people to avoid surgery through preventative medicine and health education.
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