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RADIOLOGY PERSONAL STATEMENT
My interest in radiology began in medical school, where anatomy was my favorite subject. The material was so engaging that I completely lost track of time while studying or dissecting in the lab. I also participated in an anatomy teaching assistantship, organizing review sessions and teaching physician assistant students. My most rewarding teaching experiences included teaching anatomy review sessions and designing the radiology portion of the practicals. When on the wards, I often found myself trying my best to make the diagnosis of our patient’s X-rays and CT scans. My experience with radiology residents further anchored key medical concepts from the text to the bedside. For example, when Mr. P presented to our vascular clinic complaining of arm pain and dizziness upon lifting heavy objects, we ordered an angiogram. The scan clearly showed retrograde blood flow from the vertebral artery filling the subclavian artery distal to an obstruction. No other specialty can more clearly outline the anatomical basis diseases in a noninvasive manner.
In addition to my love of the subject matter, I find the problem-solving process of radiology engaging. With a background in mathematics, I have learned to work diligently toward solutions in a systematic manner and would thrive in the problem-based learning environment of radiology. I approached my PhD research in a similar way, tackling problems by breaking them up into manageable questions and designing specific experiments to test hypotheses. An experimental approach to research has many parallels in medicine. Determining the likely hypotheses, organizing them, and teasing out the answers by carefully planning experiments is similar to narrowing the differential diagnosis. Radiology is often at the branch point of this medical decision-making tree, with diagnosis and treatment hinging on radiological results. I see myself at this branchpoint, leading the way to the correct diagnosis.
Radiology is constantly pushing the limits of medical science. One of the most fascinating novel applications is magnetic resonance angiography of the heart and great vessels.
Measurements of pathologic anatomy, plaque formation and calcification are improving at a fast pace. With a background in vascular research, I hope to be a leader and innovator in these new technologies. Using sophisticated technology to detect free radicals, we were able to measure early markers of atherosclerosis thereby providing a framework of atherosclerosis and identifying potential drug targets for intervention. I believe sensitive noninvasive scans should be utilized more often to detect and treat pre-atherosclerotic states and prevent irreversible artery dysfunction. With radiology, earlier detection of diseases will likewise aid in identifying potential drug targets for intervention.
My goal as a physician scientist is to be a contributing part of the growing field of radiology. I am fascinated by the noninvasive imaging of anatomy, and would like to apply my problem solving and research background to the best of my ability to help lead the medical field into the future. Through hard work, perseverance and innovation, I want to be a trailblazer in imaging and improve the limits of detection, diagnosis and treatment. I feel that a radiology residency is essential for the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish my goals.