Pathology Personal Statement

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Stanley L. Robbins wrote “It is not a discipline isolated from the living patient, but rather a basic approach to a better understanding of disease and therefore a foundation of sound clinical medicine.” Pathology requires one to be knowledgeable in almost every specialty. My interest in pathology stems from three major events in my life. It was initiated when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, strengthened when I studied Pathology in medical school and the third, which is more recent, reinforced when I became a teaching fellow at St. George’s University School of Medicine in the Pathology department. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the middle of 2003, which was caught in the early stages. She was apprehensive of the unknown and the potential extensive treatment needed. The courteous and prompt care of all the treating physicians allowed for a quick diagnosis and management plan. However, behind it all were the pathologists who rendered the diagnosis and were a key component in the care of my mother. It was at this moment that I realized the ever important role that pathologists have in health care.…show more content…
In my second year, I developed an appreciation and a liking to Pathology. I was able to study diseases of the human body, and even better I was able to grossly and microscopically visualize the disease process, correlating it with the clinical manifestations seen in a patient. Once I started my clinical rotations, this sound background in Pathology helped me in understanding bedside medicine and the association between basic medical science and its clinical application. Since childhood, I have had an unending need to understand things, always asking “why” and questioning how the world around me functions. This trait of constant desire to learn along with my teaching experience would make me a great candidate for your

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