Personal Statement Example - Obstetrics & Gynecology
by Ben Frederick MD
on June 7, 2013
Saint Louis University medical student
It was in high school when I was shadowing my father at his medical practice, that I witnessed my first delivery. I still vividly remember it as the patient did not have an epidural and it was very different than what I had previously seen on television. This delivery served a major purpose in introducing me to the world of obstetrics. The incredible feeling I experienced as a witness to the birth of a human life has molded my aspirations in becoming an OB/GYN physician.
During medical school, I had the privilege of working with an OB/GYN physician at Saint Louis University for two years in an elective whose purpose was to allow medical students to follow patients longitudinally. One of the characteristics that is important to me in a specialty is continuity of care. I enjoy getting to know patients on a personal level and monitoring them throughout their pregnancies and lives. OB/GYN offers a unique privilege in following a patient from the beginning of her pregnancy to delivery. It is a gratifying and rewarding experience by helping to build families. OBY/GYN also provides the opportunity to continue to monitor the patient after delivery and provide preventative care.
Medical school has made me realize that one of the primary goals in medicine is preventative care. Preventative care is an important part of OB/GYN. In clinic, I was enthused about finding a lesion on Pap smear which directed care to possibly prevent cervical carcinoma. As I furthered my medical training, I found that I enjoyed the diagnosis, management, and preventative care aspects of medicine in addition to the immediate therapy and hands-on procedures of surgery. OB/GYN fulfills both of these desires.
In addition to my interest in preventative care, surgery and deliveries, I have a strong desire to be involved in the scientific advancements in OB/GYN and the education of future physicians. This led me to a research project studying regression rates of ovarian cysts in reproductive age women. The passion to teach was solidified on my sub-internship when I was able to help third year medical students understand difficult concepts. I was constantly invigorated by the motivation of new medical students, and found that helping future peers was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had during medical school. My father is a preceptor in family medicine and, as a result I have seen the benefits of teaching a medical student. His instruction has made him more caring and motivated, as well as sharpening his clinical skills.
Overall, I am interested in OB/GYN because it is a stimulating and challenging field and it entails a combination of preventative care, research in women’s health, monitoring pregnancies, performing deliveries and surgeries. I am extremely motivated, hardworking, a good team player, and enthusiastic about furthering my medical training. My goal is to attend an academically strong residency program that is committed to teaching and keeping up with advances in the field of OB/GYN.