Physiatrist Personal Statement

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I grew up in a gym, bred to be a boxer, and have been immersed in the ever-changing “fight game” for as long as I can remember. I have been surrounded by the smell of Icy Hot and medical tape in locker rooms, watching other boxers try to mend shoulder, knuckle and knee injuries. Out of curiosity, I have asked the injured athletes if they knew anyone who helped treat their torn ligaments and hyperextended muscles. Routinely, they all responded, “a physiatrist." This memory was how I first learned about the most interesting career in the medical field. As a sophomore in high school, this response intrigued me and became a focus for research. I discovered the role physiatrists play in providing handicapped patients extensive healthcare throughout the patient’s lifetime. As I learned about their responsibilities, I began to think about my own personal hero, Evander Holyfield, who was diagnosed with a heart condition that could have ended his career. Just when it appeared that his boxing career might be over, Holyfield’s physiatrist treated him to regain his physical health so he could continue his boxing career. This inspired me to pursue a career in the medical field as a physiatrist and help other boxers. During a “club show” in the summer before my freshman year of college, I received exposure to the career…show more content…
Beatty, I have pursued relevant experience to prepare me for this career path. While boxing has taught me discipline and confidence, my physical therapist aide job has provided me with hands-on experience working with patients. With these experiences under my belt, I am ready for the next step on my path to medical school, then ultimately to become a Physiatrist. I can truly say that I will be successful in helping others with their conditions and continually learn from my mistakes along the process. This was all I needed to erase doubt, satisfy my desire and keep my mind focused on proceeding in my career
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