The author masterfully weaves together multiple elements of his unique experiences in medicine to tell a compelling story.
This an excellent example of “show, don’t tell”, whereby the author tells stories and takes the reader on a journey rather than simply listing what he did in the past.
One particularly striking manifestation of this concept came at the beginning of my day at an internist’s clinic.
Walking into the office, I heard a most unsettling sound—a distinctive, screeching, painful yelp audible throughout the clinic.
For example, rather than explicitly stating that he did research on Bordetella pertussis, the author tells a story of a patient with Whooping cough and interweaves his research experience there, tying together a message of the future doctor’s interest in translational (from bench to bedside) research.
Similarly, rather than explicitly stating he did experience A, and learned important lesson B and C, these themes are implied more indirectly.
In medicine, I will be able to use these experiences to understand psychological barriers to wellness and to better empathize with the patients I see in the clinic.
Unique life experiences like these helped when I met Enrique, a patient presenting with an unusually painful fungal infection on one of his toenails.
I want to become a physician so that I can use my liberal arts education with my personal and professional experiences to meet medicine’s unique requirement of understanding patients psychologically, culturally, and biologically.
I am ready to provide the most excellent patient care, empathetically and holistically appreciating my patients’ stories in order to serve them best.