At the ageof 8 I acquired my first book ‘Human Body Encyclopedia’, which made meappreciate the intricate structure of the human body; every body tissue andorgan has a unique and vital function allowing us as humans to live a healthylife.
This book drove an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding ofhuman anatomy that I wanted to practice in the future. It wasn’t until a visit to the hospital that I witnessed how a knowledgeof how the human body can be applied in so many ways. There I witnessedthe way a doctor not only physically but also emotionally nurtures a patientback to health inflicted with any calamity to their body while at the same timekeeping a professional and calm composure. Experiences like these instilled adream within me to become a skilled physician allowing me to treat otherssuffering any malady, ranging from the simple flu to life threatening cancer. My passion for science and the ambition for a medical career arereflected in my A-Level subject choices where time management, self-motivatedstudy and ability to cope with pressure are vital to succeed in thecompetitiveness surrounding the curriculum. Biology and chemistry were the obviouschoices as I believed they would allow me to develop the knowledge andpractical skills required while Physics and Math have developed my problemsolving skills and taught me to follow rational processes to deduce results. The extensive information of human biology andproblem solving skills I have gained in my last two years of academic educationhas provided a solid foundation on which to build my knowledge and skills forstudying and practicing medicine.
I have also independently developed my IT skillswhich I feel are important in this technological day and age where everythingaround us is digitalized and this requires extensive knowledge of the workingsof computers and other electronic devices that are used daily in a medicalenvironment.As well as academics, my participation in extracurricularactivities such as Model United Nations (MUN) and the National Biology Olympiadhave improved my critical thinking and provided a platform to apply myknowledge. My extroverted personality was a perfect match for my school’s MUNprogram as it allowed me to interact with students from different backgroundsthrough international conferences such as The Hague International Model UnitedNations Conference Qatar (THIMUN-Q). MUN encouraged debate on internationalmatters and solve problems from multiple perspectives to develop a moreobjective opinion about global problems. The National Biology Olympiad put myknowledge of theoretical concepts in Biology to the test and also provided thehands-on skills required in a lab. My efforts garnered a winning third position from nearly 300 candidates,but the experience and knowledge gained helped me anchor myself to my goal witha confidence that I had the potential to study medicine in the future.
Both theseundertakings allowed me to widen my way of thinking of many real world problemswhile MUN especially let me know about many ethical issues plaguing the worldthat also might occasionally affect a doctor in the field. The road to becoming aphysician is not an easy one. It takes perseverance, dedication and strong willand is by no means an alluring source of easy money thatit is often considered being. Medicine demands extensive education followed withlong working hours making the profession exhausting and emotionally draining.However, I want to study medicine because my desires and skill lie in the field of science, and to me 6 years more of formal education followed by a lifetime offurther learning sounds like a stimulating career option and, gratefully, farfrom the dullness that some other careers pose. Nevertheless, I would relish acareer requiring strong empathic relationships with patients.
Crucially, I knowI have the enthusiasm, capacity for hard work and the open mind necessary tosucceed in the education required to become a successful physician.Themedical world is full of intellectual, ethical, physical and emotionalchallenges which doctors face on a daily basis, yet this creates a dynamic professionwhich eventually becomes one of the most rewarding both mentally and physically.My aspiration for excellence and to succeed within the medical profession willno doubt help make a difference to the lives of patients in the future.