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Internal Medicine, Nigerian Applicant

I am applying to enter the internal medicine residency program at ______________because I believe it provides the finest in multi-faceted practical training in internal medicine in order to provide patients the best care possible.  Although I have had a broad medical education and experience in my home country of Nigeria, I hope to learn so much more at your cutting-edge institution, especially concerning inclusive approaches to medicine.

When I was twelve years of age, I watched in dismay as my best friend suffered blistering sweats, chattering teeth and shaking and finally faded away from complications of malaria.  I saw him dying by inches on an hospital bed. The sad memory lingered in my mind for years.  I promised myself that I would do my best to prevent the same calamity from befalling any other person in my community. When it was time for me to choose my career, while my friends were busied thinking about what to choose as a career, I did not give it a second thought, as I had already decided to become a physician.  Through much intense effort, I was able to secure a scholarship to enter medical school.

I was born into a large family in a tiny village deep in the interior of Nigeria.  I can still remember the early morning crowing of roosters and the bleating of goats. Later, we moved to a congested city, where hundreds of heavy duty bicycles and motorcycles filled the streets.  My parents were loving and kind people who always encouraged me to pursue higher education. . I have most fond memories of growing up  with lovely and helpful brothers, my sister and my uncle. My worst memories are seeing people around me dying of preventable diseases like malaria, typhoid.  Seeing such avoidable human suffering steeled my resolve to be the best physician I could possibly be so as to bring wellness and healing into people’s lives. 

One of my most gratifying early experiences as a physician was when a patient with an acute shortness of breath was rushed into the ER where I was a medical officer on call. I was able to quickly diagnose him with spontaneous pneumothorax and treated him accordingly. It was a memorable day for me because it was the first time I ever saw and treated a case of SP since I finished medical school.  Moreover, it was the first time I put all my training to use for saving the life of another human being. 

By participating in the internal medicine residency program at________, I will receive the advanced training needed to see many more lives saved.  In Nigeria, when a father or mother dies, it is a profound loss, because they usually leave a large family almost orphaned. This creates great hardship for the children. Carcinoma of the uterine, both cervix and breast cancers are extremely common in women in Nigeria while prostate and liver cancer top the list among men.  Many deaths from these types of malignancies could be prevented with proper early diagnosis and treatment.

Learning innovative ways to avert unnecessary early deaths due to preventable diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, typhoid and the like, will also help keep families whole and intact. This will help maintain equilibrium in society where poverty is rife.

One of the verses in the Koran says, "A person should always seek knowledge even if they have to travel more than one million miles to receive it and after the knowledge is acquired it should be used to serve humanity." This is one of the reasons why I decided to embark on this long journey all the way from Africa to the USA to learn more about medicine and become a better physician.  I realize the immense value of love and compassion, in particular, for making the world a better place.

Being a resident in your program would give me the opportunity to learn how to use the state-of-the-art medical facilities that are lacking in my country. It would also give me the opportunity to learn how medicine is being practiced in the USA.  It is my fond hope and ambition to use the knowledge acquired in your program to train other young doctors in Nigeria.

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