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My application for medical residency at Medgar Evers College was born of the desire to achieve a long-time dream of being a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist with an in-depth knowledge of the female reproductive organs.
As a potential student in the United States of America, I will not only make efforts to prove myself as a great asset to this esteemed institution, but maximize every opportunity to acquire knowledge that will enable me serve patients from different backgrounds. I will dedicate my experience, talents, and time, as a matter of obligation, to making meaningful and constructive inputs that will help in the development of science.
My stay in the US will serve as a stepping stone to my life-goal of helping the womenfolk, and saving lives, especially in Egypt, where infant mortality rate stands at 20 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to CIA’s 2017 World Fact Sheet.
Other recorded facts on infant mortality rates show that developing/under-developed countries are the worst hit. A large number of casualties are found mostly in rural areas, among low-income families, and the uneducated population. I found these to be true during my volunteer experience at St. Mary Coptic Church Clinic in Cairo, Egypt.
My desire for this graduate training in the United States was inspired mostly by the experience I gained as a General Practitioner at Primary Health Care Unit in Gaza, Egypt, between March 2012 to May 2014. During my time there, I realized there’s an urgent need to cut down on these avoidable and nerve-chilling deaths for mothers and infants.
Records prove that the world economy suffers an estimated $15 billion productivity loss from maternal and infant mortality every year. The leading causes of death were identified as pregnancy-induced high blood pressure complications and obstetric
hemorrhage. Worse still, another woman dies every two minutes around the world due to pregnancy or childbirth problems despite recent advancements in medicine.
As a certified member of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate for General Physicians, and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), I am of the opinion that we need knowledge, passion, action and commitment, to save lives around the world. Success is better achieved when governments, institutions, and dedicated scholars like myself, come together as a team with purpose.
“The death of an infant is almost always met with deep expressions of sympathy and condolences. Though appropriate, these are not enough: they do not prevent future deaths…Now is not the time to go backward in our policy.” said Katy B. Kozhimanni, an associate professor [Division of Health Policy and Management] at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Director of Research at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center.
My aim at Medgars Evers College is to learn more about the latest developments in family planning methods; acquire effective and efficient theoretical/practical skills in my profession; and pay close attention to emergency obstetric care/maternal health which isn’t at its best in my country Egypt.
In my selfless quest to improve child and mother survival rates through reliable modern practices which do save lives, I have received a few certificates from Meddgar Evers College — CPR and Basic Life Support, Patient Care Technician, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and an M.B.B.Ch degree obtained from Ain Shams University in Cairo.
However, I count myself as one of those budding physicians with great motivation for success.
The objectives I plan to fulfill at the end of my studies are as follows:
- To acquire analytical skills which will enable me to carry out reliable researches to help my community/nation in formulating health care regulations, maintain health policies, and identify the most workable ways of advancement.
- To learn about time-saving and accurate modern medical equipment used in diagnosing diseases as well as tested and proven cures for preventing its spread, and thereby saving lives.
- To provide excellence in medical care without discrimination based on race, religion or age.
I love medical science, and strongly believe that a life without an all-rounded education is not worth living.
Attending Medgar Evers College will provide me with an unparalleled opportunity to live my dream as a qualified and competent medical practitioner. On my honor, I swear to abide by the rules and uphold all principles expected of an obstetrician-gynecologist whose sole purpose is to promote the development of medicine for humankind.
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