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Diagnostic Radiology Residency, Neuroradiology

January 10, 2013

Radiology has been an exact match for my sensibilities, thought processes and the way I approach my work since the time I was introduced to it early on in medical school.  My clinical preceptor was a dedicated pediatric oncologist, and I loved the consistent challenge of determining whether young cancer outpatients’ remission status was indeed stable as well as the frequent radiology department visits, a place where I was fascinated by the array of technology available, constant influx of innovative equipment, and the multitude of imaging techniques.  I was a child again, a teen, a time in which I had excelled early on in mechanics, and later physics, proving my kinesthetic inclinations.  These experiences left me wanting more.

 Actively seeking out and procuring experiences in my spare time found me spending my weekends with the on-call neuroradiology team, assessing daily neuron-ICU patients, responding to stroke alerts, a time in which I deliberately began developing my eye for spotting abnormal findings.  It was here that I came to truly appreciate the technical skill and dedication of the integrated neuro-care team, and craved the critical consultant role, and direct patient contact.  Moreover, during my fourth year radiology rotations, I came to appreciate and enjoy the physician-to-physician peer interaction, the need for accurate and concise reports.  For me, this was a culmination of everything I had ever anticipated and expected from my medical school experience.  I had found my niche and diagnostic radiology would be my life.

Even before entering medical school, I preferred private study, and research opportunities to organized co-curricular activities.  My desire for work that challenges my analytical thinking ability in the pursuit of solving clinical problems will be put to excellent use in my future research, research that will be an integral component of my career as a radiologist.

 Completing my diagnostic radiology residency will enable me to determine more precisely the interventional procedures that I would enjoy specializing in, and anticipate bringing my enthusiasm for the discipline, upon increasing my exposure, to an academic hospital.  All of this sounds so clinical compared to my truest ambitions, to be an asset to my patients and colleagues, an integral part of a medical team, and the chance to educate aspiring medical students.  In the academic hospital setting, there is greater access to diverse cases, and an atmosphere of discussion that constantly challenges us to articulate our thoughts, challenge others, and come to unexpected conclusions.

 I bring with me to the residency program a solid foundation in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, psychology coupled with neuroscience.  Moreover, I have kept a highly active schedule these past eight years, serving in eight separate lab positions, a self-prescribed challenge to expose myself to as many research opportunities as possible.  Indeed, after graduating from college, I invested a summer working in a pediatric neuron-oncology lab studying the effects of a new chemotherapy on the growth of malignant brain cells, an effort that has led to the research’s publication.  Following this, I then spent two years conducting professional research assistant work in a genetics lab at the University of Colorado, studying the mechanics of cell division and mutation.  And even in the midst of a demanding second year of medical school, I displayed my ability to work autonomously, working in the immunology lab at XXXX Medical and Research Center, developing a novel method for diagnosing lupus more easily, quickly and economically using infrared imaging.

 Research work has demanded complete diligence, thoroughness, unswerving attention to detail and commitment.  In truth, the work requires refined visual, diagnostic, and analytical abilities.  Overall, I feel that given my successful, decorated research work to date, research skills, clinical and lab acumen, I have a distinct advantage in evidence-based medicine that will serve me well during my residency, not just in terms of ability and exposure, but emotionally and psychologically, I feel thoroughly prepared for and anticipate a challenging learning experience.

 Thank you for your time and consideration.

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