In my third year of medicine school at Ross University on November 2008, I was intrigued by a class on open heart surgery of a patient suffering from myocardial infarction. The video documented of each step and explained the logic behind each incision of a heart vessel. This was intriguing to me as what attracted me was the mechanics of the cardiology system. It was like a complex wire system in a machine and an electrician was exploring each wire to find fault; except this time the electrician was a cardiologist. This was even better as the cardiologist was striving to also make sure that the patient was alive, while going through each of the blood vessel and tissues to correct the fault. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the heart as an involuntary muscle makes operations even more risky and worth researching. Hence, from then on I decided to understand the mechanics of the cardiovascular system through gaining both academic and professional experiences to become a cardiologist.
My foundation in internal medicine, since September 2006, has gone well into preparing me for a cardiology profession. In the different hospitals I served as a resident doctor—see my resume—I studied and tried to understand more of cardiovascular mechanics through my works in sleep disorders more so Apnoea. For instance, while at Woodbridge Medical Centre, New Jersey, I established that sleep related disorders such as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea), were present in patients with cardiovascular diseases (McNicholas and Bonsignore 237). Also, through my research at the same hospital I gained valuable concepts in cardiac electrophysiology. This was through studying influences of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators on dialysis patients aimed at sudden cardiac death prevention (De Bie et al. 1560). I understand that the mechanics of looking at cardiac responses on programmed electrical simulations are crucial in diagnosing cardiac faults.
Therefore, Cardiac electrophysiology is my specific interest in cardiology because it enables me focus on cardiology mechanics of systolic performances. Lastly, at my present job at Newark, I have been responsible for patient care in intensive and cardiac care units. The duties have enabled me witness and take part in numerous operations. For instance, I am now able to carry out simple cardiac surgeries like incisions on cardiac tissues, opening up the chest cavity, and location and isolation of specified blood vessels. The close up experiences in the operation room have enabled me understand the entire cardiac system practically. Therefore, the experiences and education that I have attained in cardiac mechanics will help me make proper decisions in treatment of cardiac disorders and operations.
I have also taken a keen interest in learning several languages that have assisted me in practising medicine in different settings. Apart from English, I am fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Spanish. The languages have enabled me care for minority patients who require personal care. For instance, I overheard a Spanish elderly patient at Newark Beth Israel Medical Centre suffering from Tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy tell her son that I was the best physician she ever had. I was flattered, but was curious until I asked her. She said that I worked hard to understand her history, her life, and experiences in order to explain her condition. Indeed I did all this in Spanish so that she was comfortable with me. More than my training, I was able to connect with the patient so as to explain her condition. I, therefore, believe that my efforts in being compassionate on top of understanding cardiovascular mechanics will assist cardiology patients especially in intensive care units.
In the future, I hope to combine acquired skills in cardiology mechanics, research skills, and of caregiving into a top cardiologist with speciality in cardiac electrophysiology. I believe that cardiologists have a satisfying career through numerous intellectual challenges and intimate patient relationships, which will be fulfilling. Therefore, I am confident that both my professional and educational experiences have prepared me for a career in cardiology. Your consideration will be highly appreciated.
De Bie, Mihaly K. et al. The current status of interventions aiming at reducing sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients. European Heart Journal 30, (2009). : 1559–1564. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehp185
McNicholas, W.T. and M.R. Bonsignore. Sleep Apnoea. Dublin: European Respiratory Science. (2010). Print. : 237-241