The Radiation Oncology

When my parents first came from India 30 years ago, my family shared a one-bedroom house with my aunt, uncle and their 3 children. Growing up living in a small house in Daly City, CA with nine other family members, I learned very early on in my life the necessity of working with others. I grew up in a value system of hard work, team effort, and cooperation.Radiation Oncology is a field where collaboration with other specialties is very important for the patient’s care.

As a future radiation oncologist, I look forward to being a part of an integrated oncology team which will determine the best treatment options for a particular cancer patient. The specialty will give me exposure to oncology, physics, and medical biology.The field offers a nice combination of clinical work, treatment planning, and procedures such as brachytherapy. It is a part of medicine which has constantly advancing technology and an unmeasured potential to treat many different diseases with radiation therapy.

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But above all, I look forward to working with cancer patients and improving their lives by either curing their disease or providing palliation.My desire to improve people’s lives guided me to establish the first national South Asian community service fraternity, Delta Phi Beta, during undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley. As a founding member, I would help organize activities such as fundraising for earthquake relief to India and volunteering at local soup kitchens. I have continued to make time during medical school to assist underserved people.

I evaluated and treated patients at the volunteer-run Clinica Tepati.Also, it was real pleasure for a group of my friends and I to help renovate the home of an underprivileged family in East Palo Alto through Christmas in April. I organized and coordinated the vaccination booth at the first Ulezi Children’s Health Fair in Oak Park, CA. The health fair was such a huge success that it will become an annual event.

By serving as a medical student coordinator for the “Health Care to Underserved Populations” lecture series, I gained a better understanding of some of the deficien!cies that underserved people endure regarding health care.One avenue to provide better health care to all people is through research. I conducted an independent honors research thesis with Dr. Paola Timiras at U.C. Berkeley. The thesis dealt with the effectiveness of blood substitutes as cryoprotectants for preserving organs. During medical school I served as a research assistant for a presentation on the emerging technologies of custom corneal ablation.

I am currently analyzing an unusual case of a Serratia marcescens endophthalmitis.I intend to submit the case report for publication with Dr. Jeffrey Caspar when the work is completed. I will also be conducting a clinical research project with Dr. Timmerman at Indiana University to determine the clinical outcomes of pediatric patients with germinomas treated with combined gamma knife and 3-dimensional external beam radiation. I have supplemented my clinical education with projects which have reemphasized the importance of research in medicine.My enthusiasm to learn, listen, and teach will allow me to make the most of a residency program.

My ability to work well with different types of patients and medical staff personnel will provide me a more rich and enjoyable residency training. I will also be able to contribute to a residency program through my strong leadership training stemming back to undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley. Residency training is an opportunity to receive and share knowledge.

I intend to carry out this opportunity to its fullest.