A formative experience initially prompted my interest in pediatrics during my rotation in the specialty. I was involved in a complex case of a newborn with multiple congenital anomalies and a cyanotic attack. Because of her critical condition, she was referred to most pediatric subspecialties, such as neurology, G.I., cardiovascular, and genetics. This exposed me to all pediatric fields over a brief period. I did a great deal of personal research on this case and made a primary diagnosis of trisomy 13 or 18. I was delighted when the results of the chromosomal analysis of the blood sample matched for trisomy thirteen. Unfortunately, my little patient died at 44 days. Treating her, however, fired in me a passion for pediatric medicine involving as it does the most vulnerable of patients.
During the past year, I have worked as a pediatric resident in one of the finest hospitals in Saudi Arabia. I have worked with children in inpatient wards, E.R., and clinics, and I have realized that I not only enjoy communicating with and reassuring children and their families but also have a particular facility for doing so. These experiences have strongly confirmed my decision to pursue this specialty. So, I'm now looking for exposure to a larger population than that currently available to me to broaden my experience. I recently spent a month in Canada and immensely enjoyed my visit, which exposed me to people from a wide variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. I have also had the good fortune to work with alums of Canadian universities who have an excellent work ethic and broad, up-to-date knowledge. So, I would like to ask for more training, specifically in Canada.
My academic results and professional experience will help me to excel and distinguish myself in a residency program and, more importantly, provide excellent professional care. I work happily in a team and seek to share my knowledge and skill and aim to profit from colleagues' experiences. I am aware that I shall be required to adapt very quickly to a new working environment in a culture to which I have had only limited exposure. However, I am adaptable and friendly, working happily in teams with people of different ethnicities and social backgrounds in my home country. I'm excited to extend such exposure in Canada.
I plan to undertake research in pulmonology. I volunteered in this area for a campaign to control H1N1 and TB. As I have worked in an academic hospital, I have had the opportunity to teach; I have enjoyed doing so and have been remarkably effective in this role. I plan to continue to combine teaching with practice throughout my career. A residency providing a broad and varied patient base will assist me in achieving my goals and enable me to share the knowledge acquired with new generations of pediatric specialists.
I know there will be competition from many well-qualified applicants. Still, my professional experience and, most importantly, my passion for this specialty make me an exceptional candidate.
Thank you for considering my application for a residency position in Pediatrics in Canada.
Residency Pediatrics Personal Statement, Canada, CARMS