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  William Butler Yeats stated thatstated, “educaonEducaon wasn’t the flling o a pail, but the lighng o  a fre. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know.” As such, the fre sll burns inside me. My passion to care or others and diverse experience o work and research in the health feld and passion to care or others in the health feld has movated me to become a physician. I grew up in Nigeria, where I earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University o Nigeria. During the third year, my parents’ business went bankrupt which orced me to work on a arm to connue my educaon. Although this caused a hurdle, I caught the fre o educaon, prevailed and completed school.During this period, I overcame fnancial hardships and deepened my passion in public health and or helping others, serving as a peer counselor. In a counseling relaonship which remains close torelaonship, which remains close to, my heart, I beriended and assisted a suicidal (classmate) student who had just been diagnosed with HIV. To this day, I sll eel joy knowing that he took my advice to seek early treatment and is in good health– This experience is an example o the paent relaonships I intend to orm as a doctor. Throughout my studies in Veterinary Medicine, I received exposure to comparave anatomy, physiology and various clinical experiences including prevenve medicine and public health. Aer compleng the program, I worked as a Veterinary Public Health Ocer and Veterinary praconer in Nigeria or three years. I connued my interest in healthcare and medical research, earning a Masters o Public Health (MPH) at Western Kentucky University. My areas o study included disease outcome, and disease prevenon and medical research. At Western Kentucky, I parcipated in educaonal trainings, research studies projects and teachings. Furthermore, as a member o the Kentucky Public Health Associaon, I administered various services to the community. My broader service to the community included workingor the Housing Authority o Bowling Green, Kentucky where I mentored children in an aer school program. Aer compleng my Master’s degree, I worked as a Healthcare Inormaon Analyst, while exploring opportunies to do research in medicine outside o work. One o these opportunies was with the Keck School o Medicine at the University o Southern Caliornia. The experience at USC transormed my thinking. I was ortunate enough to work with world-class researchers, including Dr. Giri Ramsingh, at Keck’s University o Southern Caliornia Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ramsingh, recognizing my diverse experience and experse in biostascs, provided me withan opportunity to do epidemiology research in cancer. I studied the outcome o acute lymphoblasc leukemia (ALL), comparing two dierent molecular subtypes (Philadelphia chromosome (Ph+ and Ph-). In 2004, targetedtherapy using tyrosine kinase inhibitors was frst introduced in cancer, targeng the usion protein produced by Ph chromosome. Prior to 2004, Ph+ ALL had a signifcantly poor outcome compared to Ph- ALL. We invesgated whether the introducon o tyrosine kinase inhibitor or Ph+ ALL made a signifcant impact on the disease. We used a naonal cancer database to compare the outcome o Ph+ ALL paents to Ph-ALL paents beore the introducon o tyrosine kinase inhibitors and aer its introducon. Our research concluded that ollowing the introducon o tyrosine kinase inhibitors, the outcomes o Ph+ and Ph- ALL were idencal, with even a trend towardso  beer outcome or Ph+ ALL. This showed the signifcant benefcial impact tyrosine kinase inhibitors have had in this disease. The manuscript or this study was published in the presgious Brish Journal o Haematology and I was credited as the First Author. The manuscript was also accepted or presentaon at American Society o Hematology in Atlanta, December 2017. In addion to this, I worked on various projects with Dr. Howard Liebman and Dr. Ilene Weitz in Hematology at USC. My me at USC also gave me exposure to paent care as I aended mulple clinical rounds with the medical team at the cancer center. This enriching experience ormalized my decision to join medical school and pursue a career as a physician.  I am aware o the complex and mulaceted role a physician plays impacng the lives o paents: a researcher, a caregiver, educator and a counselor. I believe that the incompleteness in my educaon and training would be resolved as I pursue a career as a physician. I have aced many obstaclesin my lie that have only intensifed the fre I eel to learn more. I strongly believe that because o these, Ihave developed a dedicaon to achieving the goal o becoming a physician and a researcher. I am prepared or the rigorous process o medical school, a career as a physician, and helping the lives o paents. I am confdent that medical training will provide the skill and knowledge to work as an academic physician caring or paents and conducng health outcomes research. I hope I will be given an opportunity to interview with you. Thank you or considering my applicaon.
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