Nuclear Medicine Personal Statement

Growing up in Saudi Arabia, first under the post-Gulf war setting and then the Sa’dah War of 2009-2010, increased my passion for learning more about saving people in and out of my community. I visited hospitals, and during these visits, I always wince at the pain and agony I see in most of the patient’s eyes. At some point, I questioned myself whether there was any possible way of treating without pain and my research began. At the end, I chose nuclear medicine in order to learn how to apply radioactive substances in diagnosis and treatment of disease in a safe and painless manner.

Graduating from High School in 2003/2004 made me appreciate that I needed to learn more about my field of chosen study. I studied at the Health Manpower Training Institute for a period of 2 years and attained a diploma in Radiology. During this period, I improved my skills in experiment and methodology thus motivating me to seek further study from Long Island University in nuclear medicine.

Then in the year 2007, I got certified as an X-ray technician from the Saudi Commission of Health Specialties. I then worked in Saudi German Hospital in X-ray department for two years, enabling me to gain more knowledge and skill in the field of radiology. With a Grade Point Average of 4.6 out of 5, I decided that my brain was strong enough to study nuclear medicine.
My work and mission have made me to accomplish a lot during the buildup for this course. I am an expert in X-ray conventional procedures, portable procedures such as the recovery room, Intensive Care Unit, inpatient and outpatient. I am also knowledgeable with fluoroscopy and CT scan, the use and procedures of the operation room and of course, nuclear medicine.
Since English is my second language, I have trained myself to work harder and manage my time wisely. This has come in handy and helped my studying at Bloomsburg University to be swift. I have been at the University of Bloomsburg for two years now studying medical imaging.

During all this time as a medical imaging student, I have come to realize that I want to specialize in the field of nuclear medicine. I have worked with a lot of professors’ and students from different backgrounds who have motivated me to wholeheartedly pursue a career in medical imaging. I still have more to learn about human perception and cognition in nuclear medicine and this strengthens my passion.

The time I have spent in the operating room and ICU, have enabled me to bond with the patients as some of them impact my life without even sharing their stories. This has helped me improve my description of a patient form someone who complains about pain and looks in agony, to a person that I put before myself and by helping them, I help myself become a better person, I help my nation, I help the world become a better place. My runs in and out of medical facilities and my zeal for nuclear medicine increases with every exposure and I believe that I am Long Island material, a person who is principled and focused.