This is my view about life. Mankind won so many battles in the war towards achieving ‘Health for all’ with eradication of infectious diseases like smallpox in 1980, when the WHO declared the world a ‘Small Pox-free’ place. We are on the verge of successfully eradicating the menace of Poliomyelitis from our society. There are many more battles to be won, and a collective effort is needed on a global scale. To contribute to this cause, I have decided to undertake higher education in the field of Public Health. My eventual objective is to implement the principles and concepts I will learn to tackle some of the most formidable diseases faced by us today as a species.
Since my early days at school, I have had a deep interest for the health sciences. This interest stemmed from an innate concern for life. As a child I would wonder what ‘life’ actually was and why it would wither away. In the high school, I took a course of first aid and emergency medicine in medical division of National Cadet Corps for two years 8th and 9th. This invoked my interest in biological sciences and I scored the highest 84.13% with 91% in science at the Secondary School Examination (Grade 10th), standing 1st among 1000 students. I appeared for Higher Secondary School Exam (Grade 12th) and scored 79.17% with 88% in science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Thereafter I prepared for the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) for whole one year 1998 to 1999. I scored 121.5 out of 150 in the exam, standing 530 among 2,00,000 students in the state and secured admission in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur – the Asia’s largest hospital and most sought college for medical studies in India.
At GMCH Nagpur, my interest in Public Health developed during the course on Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) in 2nd year of my undergraduate program. The exhaustive curriculum along with the fieldwork gave me a lot of exposure to the administration as well as executive of the National Disease Control Programs. We learned about simple yet inexpensive and effective techniques to tackle even the most formidable diseases, apt for developing countries. A Health Education Program of the slum population was implemented after a survey of their neighborhood. It gave an insight into the functioning of Public Health system. An attempt to find fallacies and suggest simple implemental corrective measures was made for the population group.
About my academics at college level, I have presented the seminar on ‘Atherosclerosis’ in very 1st year of my undergraduate program. In 2nd year I participated in ‘Star Research Project’ of Pathology Department and worked under microbiology department for ‘Trypanosomiasis Investigation’. I have attended symposia such as ‘Rational Use of Antibiotics’ organized by Medical Council of India through Microbiology department, ‘Critical Illness in Pregnancy’ organized by Indian Society of Critical Care. I participated in ‘Epidemiological Skill Development Program’ at the start of my internship. I presented seminar on ‘Current Trends in Epidemiology of Leprosy’ in skin department. I have also done my research work in community medicine on the topic ‘Knowledge Attitude & Practices to control AIDS in Rural Area’. The paper publication work on the same topic is in progress. The paper is likely to publish in ‘Indian Journal of Community Medicine’ in June 2006. I keep updating my knowledge by reading Journal of Public Health, Journal of Epidemiology, European Journal of epidemiology etc. All these things will help me a lot while doing my research work further in Public Health from University of Manchester in UK.
I have worked as a house officer at Dr. Vinod Gandhi Pediatric Hospital for 6 months. There I managed emergencies at night especially acute gastroenteritis, pneumonia, and asthma cases. I delivered my administrative skill while maintaining discipline in staff members. I developed the team further so that I could get best results from them.
I am not only a person focused on his academics but also a social one. Being the member of Indian Red Cross (+) Society, Nagpur branch, I have participated in various health camps related to AIDS & Blood Donation. I am also the active member of ‘National Dowry Elimination Society’ and ‘Vikalpa India’- the NGOs. I was the Coordinator in India for ‘The Professional Career Development Seminar’ organized by Innovate Medical Limited, UK. I am interested in Classical Music. To add further I have passed up to second-degree exam for classical instrument ‘Tabla’. I am also interested in adventure sports like trekking.
Currently I have founded my own NGO ‘Sanjivani Health Care Center’ (SHCC). Under the aegis of it, I am doing Hepatitis B Vaccination for High Risk Group. In collaboration of SHCC with Indian Red Cross Society, I am working on spreading the awareness of AIDS in rural population
I plan to join Masters in Public Health (MPH) in University of Manchester for fall 2010. I intend to do my majors in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I plan to follow-up MPH with a Ph.D. and work in the field of Public Health with World Health Organization. This is driven by my belief that improvement in infectious diseases is the key to improving the quality of life. Your institute has a sound research base in field of public health specializing in epidemiology. My research interest matches with the research in epidemiology. Masters Program at Manchester University would give me a technological edge in the field of public health and help me in fulfilling my aim of becoming a part of the noble cause of eradicating diseases. I would greatly benefit from this program and hope that it will be a symbiotic relation. With the already acquired skills in the medicinal field, I am sure I would be a great asset to the university.
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