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Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Personal Statement

I am eager to pursue residency training in anesthesiology. After completing third-year medical school rotations, anesthesiology stands out as the specialty that aligns perfectly with my personality and future goals. Anesthesiology combines the cerebral requirements of internal medicine with the procedural skill of surgery. The excitement of performing procedures that have instantaneous effects on patient comfort and stability provides me with immense satisfaction. Furthermore, I look forward to working with a diverse patient population and unique doctor-patient interaction.

These are just a few reasons why anesthesiologists, as a group, love their specialty and have very high job satisfaction. It also explains why patients, in general, are so appreciative of the services anesthesiologists provide. It is my sincere desire to provide these valuable services in the invigorating field of anesthesiology. One of my first rotations in medical school was on trauma surgery. I vividly remember an unconscious trauma patient, MJ, who required an emergent intubation. Due in part to the patient's body habitus it was very difficult to obtain an airway. As MJ's oxygen saturation continued to drop, the room was silent and the tension was frightening. Thankfully an anesthesiologist was nearby and, after several attempts, was able to successfully intubate the patient. It was stimulating to me that the anesthesiologist was literally the patient's lifeline. Immediately following the intubation, MJ underwent surgery. Though the surgery was fascinating, it was more impressive to me that the anesthesiologist was the individual maintaining the patient's vital functions. I had already been considering anesthesiology for my career, but this experience helped solidify my decision.

Many of my experiences and values demonstrate my suitability for anesthesiology. I fully appreciate the value of teamwork, as evidenced by years of playing competitive soccer. Leadership is also essential to becoming a proficient anesthesiologist and my experiences teaching, coaching and as an elected officer in several positions attest to my ability to lead and inspire others. I am clear-headed and comfortable working in critical situations, and possess manual dexterity necessary to perform effectively. Finally and equally importantly, exceptional anesthesiologists communicate well with their patients and comfort them in times of great stress; my work as a missionary and my ability to speak Spanish exemplify my capacity to ease concerns in diverse patient populations I will contribute a passion for excellence, a solid work ethic, and an ambition to succeed to my anesthesiology residency program. My commitment to lifelong learning, as confirmed by the research project in which I participated during medical school, will enhance the quality and care provided in my residency program. With great anticipation I look forward to mastering the art of general anesthesiology and envision myself pursuing post-residency fellowship training, possibly in pediatric anesthesia or pain management. I seek a program that will assist me in achieving my professional goals.

The fellows on our service rotate through several pediatric assignments during the course of the year, including pediatric cardiac anesthesia, interventional cardiology, pain management, the pediatric and neontatal intensive care, and, of course, general pediatric anesthesia in which experience is gained in the management of infants and children with congenital anomalies, major orthopedic surgery, organ transplantation, neurosurgery, ENT surgery, as well as all routine pediatric cases.

Fellows have 1-2 months of elective time, depending upon their background, and they have 1 non-clinical day per week during most of their rotations in which to pursue academic interests.

Elective time may be used either for research activity in collaboration with faculty, or for rotations outside the division, such as in advanced pain management, neonatal intensive care, pediatric otolaryngology for anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiology, pulmonary medicine, economics and management in medicine, TEE and echocardiography, PK-PD/data analysis, medical simulation, medical acupuncture, and the cardiovascular intensive care unit.

At Stanford fellows have the opportunity:

  • To learn and be on the leading edge of creating knowledge in pediatric anesthesia, pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric pain management.
  • To learn and refine advanced patient care skills in the management of complex pediatric and neonatal anesthetic procedures. Fellows have the opportunity to manage both acute and chronic pediatric pain patients,  in one of the nation’s most advanced pediatric tertiary care hospitals.
  • To grow as a professional through interaction with others in the Department of Anesthesia and other pediatric specialties.  Our curriculum affords the opportunity to participate and receive credit for overseas medical volunteer services, such HVO, ASA, OTP, Rotoplast, Interplast, Operation Rainbow, and others.  Our faculty have strong commitments to contributing to anesthesia services and education in developing countries.
  • To receive mentoring and guidance from some of anesthesia’s most recognized experts in pain management, cardiac anesthesia and human patient simulation education.
  • To advance anesthetic practice and science. Stanford offers an active research community with opportunities for research in pediatric pain, cardiac anesthesia, and education along with many other projects, including clinical trials, simulation, and basic science research.

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