Pediatric Surgery Personal Statement

The first two years of medical school introduced me to countless specialties that I could imagine myself entering into.I had a taste of several specialties through volunteering, work, and research, but I needed more “hands on” experience.

Standing on a swollen leg all day and icing it all night proved taxing and made me question my love for the OR.

I enjoyed clinic during most of my rotations, but it also proved taxing without the variety of procedures.

I met her one of my first days in Pediatric Orthopaedic clinic.

Less than two months after surgery, this 10-year old girl was given an entirely new life. Orthopaedics was the specialty I had been looking for.

A typical interview would include: The Department of Surgery accepts visiting residents on a case-by-case basis and upon agreement by the sponsoring OHSU faculty member.

The resident must currently be in good standing in an ACGME-accredited residency program to be eligible.

I always hoped that I would be excited to go to work and that I would find people as passionate about their jobs as I was.

I have yet to meet an Orthopaedic Surgeon who didn't have a smile while telling me about their job.

My first day of 4th year in Pediatric Orthopaedics, I felt this was what I had been looking for.

First of all, I could empathize with many of the patients in clinic having broken multiple bones myself: everything from a both bone forearm fracture skiing, to my nose in basketball practice, to a partial achilles tendon tear and then my ACL playing football, not to mention all the hand, finger, and toe fractures.


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