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A Career In Pulmonary And Critical Care

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Coming from a modest middle-class Indian family, one of the most important principles instilled in me was “Nothing worth having comes easy.” This was further stressed at school where the motto was “Virtue lies in hardship.” These principles have kept me in good stead throughout my medical training and continue to drive me in my future endeavors.

After starting my residency at Sinai Grace Hospital, the question was always, “What next?” I wanted to work in a field that would challenge me daily and allow me to make a quick yet significant difference in a person’s life. A career in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine would give me exactly what I am yearning for.

It is said that you discover your greatest strengths during adversity. Keeping
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The quarterback is the one who calls the plays. His successes and failures have a significant impact on the outcome of his team. Likewise, intensivists are in charge of multi-disciplinary teams that include nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, physiotherapists, social workers and pharmacists. They have to make quick decisions with serious implications. I have found this aspect of critical care to suit my calm, confident and hard working character.

At Sinai Grace Hospital, the ICU is managed by Internal Medicine residents allowing me to frequently take on that “quarterback” role. I took complete responsibility for my patients and very quickly learned how to make important decisions and orchestrate the ICU team calmly and effectively. My mentor and Chief of Pulmonary medicine, Dr. John Haapaniemi, taught me that to be an effective team leader, you have to lead from the front. I was very keen on learning procedures and honed my skills. This extensive training will surely benefit me during fellowship and
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Whether it was the role of the cultural secretary during medical school, the role of class representative during residency, or the role of Chief Medical Resident, I have always tried to change things for the better. I like to analyze situations, identify areas for improvement, and take action. My responsibilities included the training of residents by conducting morning reports, noon lectures and clinic didactics daily. As I transition into the role of a faculty and mentor to budding physicians, I am certain my experience as a Chief Medical Resident will serve me well.

Growing up, I have always been fascinated by the latest technology. I had incorporated this into my daily duties as a Chief Medical Resident such as using QRCodes to take attendance and improving the program’s website. Naturally I find the gadgets that a pulmonologist uses like a bronchoscope or a ventilator to be quite cool. I am thrilled to join a field where technology plays an important adjunct to the age old principles of history taking and physical examination.

Excelling in any facet of life requires preparation, commitment and hard work. These were the qualities I used in my quest to become a good guitarist and continue to use on my path to becoming a good physician. I look forward to bringing these qualities to your fellowship program throughout my training so that I may reach my goal of becoming a Pulmonologist who is well respected by patients
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