Columbus Ga Family Medicine Residency Personal Statement

PGY-3

Name: Abdelrahman Aljadi
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Undergraduate: Tripoli University
Medical School: Tripoli University
Personal Interests: Travel, Reading Novels, Spending Time With Family
Future Goals: Cardiology


Name: Hani Al Salti Al Krad
Hometown: Daraa, Syria
Medical School: Damascus University
Personal Interests: Swimming, Watching Movies, Walking Out in Nature
Future Goals: Interventional Cardiology


Name: Elise Sturm Anderson
Hometown: Huntington, West Virginia
Undergraduate: Chemistry (B.S.) – Marshall University & Exercise Physiology (M.S.) – Marshall University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Equestrian, Tennis, Travel, Target Shooting
Future Goals: Interventional Cardiology


Name: Hesham Awadh
Hometown: Aden, Yemen
Undergraduate: Azal Haddah Modern School
Medical School: University of Jordan
Personal Interests: Cinema/Soccer/Literature
Future Goals: Pulmonary/Critical Care


Name: Hassaan Raza Jafri
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Medical School: King Edward Medical University, Pakistan
Personal Interests: Travelling, Swimming, Music
Future Goals: Fellowship


Name: Emhemmid Karem
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Medical School: University of Tripoli
Personal Interests: Travel, soccer and outdoor activities
Future Goals: Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship


Name: Mohammed Amer Megri
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Medical School: Tripoli University Medical School
Personal Interests: Basketball, Drawing
Future Goals: Cardiology/Gastroenterology 


Name: Haitem M.G. Mezughi
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Undergraduate Education: University of Tripoli
Medical School: University of Tripoli
Personal Interests: Playing squash, soccer, traveling and meeting new people
Future Goals: Pulmonary/ICU fellowship


Name: Kristen M. Payne
Hometown: Huntington, West Virginia
Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University (B.S. in Biology)
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Running, Playing Tennis, Spending Time with my Husband and Step kids, Watching Movies, Cooking
Future Goals: Primary Care


Name: Amjad Sattout
Hometown: Syria
Medical School: University of Aleppo
Personal Interests: Photography
Future Goals: TBD


Name: Brandon Shiflett
Hometown: Shady Spring, West Virginia
Undergraduate: Concord University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Movies, Technology, Home Improvement
Future Goals: TBD


Name: Justin Smith
Hometown: Dorton, Kentucky
Undergraduate: University of Pikeville
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Golfing, Running
Future Goals: Fellowship


Name: Mohamed Tashani
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Medical School: University of Tripoli
Personal Interests: Camping, outdoor activities, swimming and bowling
Future Goals: Cardiology Fellowship


Name: Haresh Visweshwar
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Undergraduate: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Running, Hiking, Swimming, Rock Climbing
Future Goals: Fellowship - Undecided


Name: Emnet A. Wassie
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Undergraduate: Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine
Medical School: Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Spending Time with my Family, Running, Singing and Gospel Music
Future Goals: Hematology/Oncology Fellowship then Academician


PGY-2

Name: Simon Abdallah
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate: University of Balamand Faculty of Sciences (B.S. Biology)
Medical School: University of Balamand School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Playing the Piano, Playing Basketball, Watching Scientific Documentaries
Future Goals: To become a physician scientist in the field of endocrinology or gastroenterology


Name: Waiel Abusnina
Hometown: Zliten, Libya
Medical School: Tripoli University
Personal Interests: Motorcycling, chess, and traveling
Future Goals: Interventional Cardiology


Name: Nabil Al Zaeim
Hometown: Syria
Undergraduate: Egypt
Medical School: 6th of October University, School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Biking, Picnics, Table Tennis
Future Goals: TBD


Name: Obadah S. Aqtash
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Medical School: University of Jordan
Personal Interests: Traveling, sports, and cooking
Future Goals: To pursue a fellowship


Name: Lonnie Berry
Hometown: Chapmanville, WV
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Hunting, fishing, spending time with family and friends, sports, and church.
Future Goals: Fellowship or Hospitalist


Name: Yoseph Elala
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Medical School: Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty
Personal Interests: Playing and watching soccer


Name: Hisham Hirzallah
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Medical School: University of Jordan
Personal Interests: Biking and video games
Future Goals: To pursue a fellowship


Name: Yasir Jawaid
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Undergraduate: Baqai Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
Medical School: Baqai Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
Personal Interests: In my free time I like playing soccer and listening to music
Future Goals: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


Name: Damir Kusmic
Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Personal Interests: Movies, guitar, and weight lifting


Name: Sammy Nassri
Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina
Undergraduate: Wofford College
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Science fiction, classical music, languages, and cooking.
Future Goals: I plan to be active in international medical relief and refugee advocacy. I hope to be involved in student and resident education.


Name: Yazan Nu’man
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Medical School: Hashemite University –Ibn-Sina Medical School
Personal Interests: Artificial intelligence and genetics
Future Goals: Hematology/ Oncology Fellowship


Name: Xiaoliang Qiu
Hometown: Shandong, China
Undergraduate: Jining Medical College
Medical School: Peking University Health Science Center
Personal Interests: Badminton, history, soccer
Future Goals: Fellowship


Name: Rahoma Elharari Saad
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Medical School: University of Tripoli Faculty of Medicine
Personal Interests: If I am not in the hospital, you can find me playing my favorite sport, soccer. I also enjoy playing tennis, running, grilling out, and trying new restaurants. Since I grew up in Tripoli, I am not used to these hills and forests so I want to explore the natural areas in West Virginia.
Future Goals: My plan is to pursue a career in Gastroenterology.


Name: Mena Shehata
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Undergraduate: Qasr Al-Aini University
Medical School: Qasr Al-Aini Faculty of Medicine
Personal Interests: Soccer, reading and biking
Future Goals: Fellowship


Name: Laurie Suzanne Wilson
Hometown: Griffin, Georgia
Undergraduate: State University of West Georgia (B.S. in Biology) & Tulane University School of Medicine (M.S. in Clinical Research)
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Drawing, Painting, Movies, Motorcycles
Future Goals: General Internal Medicine, Medical Missionary Work


PGY-1

Name: Jason Adams
Hometown: Chesapeake, OH
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Boxing, basketball, football, the outdoors and music
Future Goals: To finish my training and serve my community. To do my part to make Huntington, WV a role model city.y


Name: Jason Ballengee
Hometown: West Portsmouth, OH
Undergraduate: Miami University (of OH)
Medical School: University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Running, soccer
Future Goals: Pulmonary / Critical Care


Name: Ryan Carroll
Hometown: Proctorville, OH
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
Personals Interests: Playing saxophone and bass guitar, running, and traveling
Future Goals: Infectious Disease or Critical Care Fellowship


Name: Zachary Curtis
Hometown: Morgantown, WV
Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Snowboarding, traveling, hiking, photography
Future Goals: Cardiology


Name: Matthew Laroe
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
Personal Interests: Golf, tennis, working out, exploring WV, family, and my black lab named Char.
Future Goals: Endocrinology or Primary Care


Name: Kanaan Mansoor
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Undergraduate:
Medical School: Ziauddin Medical College
Personal Interests: Traveling, video games
Future Goals: Hospitalist


Name: Greg Parkins
Hometown: Boone County, WV
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Golfing, bass fishing,
Future Goals: Gastroenterology


Name: Julia Parsons
Hometown: Prestonsburg, KY
Undergraduate: University of Pikeville
Medical School: University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Spending time with my family, kayaking, hiking, crafting
Future Goals: Hospitalist


Name: Yonas Raru
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Undergraduate: Gondar College of Medical Sciences
Medical School: Gondar College of Medical Sciences
Personal Interests: Soccer and tennis
Future Goals: Be a great husband, father, and hospitalist


Name: Maira Rizwan
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Undergraduate: Dow Medical College
Medical School: Dow Medical College
Personal Interests: Reading, watching movies, running
Future Goals: Undecided


Name: Gaurav Sahay
Hometown: Ottawa, Canada
Undergraduate: University of Western Ontario
Medical School: American University of Antingua
Personal Interests: Tennis, soccer, cooking, reading, traveling/backpacking, surfing
Future Goals: Pulmonary / Critical Care, Cardiology


Name: Samir Shah
Hometown: Point Pleasant, WV
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Travel, tennis, music, movies, and exercise
Future Goals: Be a fantastic physician serving the West Virginia area.


Name: Brent Thornhill
Hometown: Pecks Mills, WV
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and dogs, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing
Future Goals: Cardiology Fellowship and practice in WV


Name: Anthony Thorpe
Hometown: Vienna, WV
Undergraduate: Alderson Broaddus College
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and son named Simon
Future Goals: Primary Care/Hospitalist


Name: Bhavana Vemula
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Medical School: BLDEU’s SHRI B.M. PATIL Medical College
Personal Interests: Badminton, swimming, movies, spending time with family.
Future Goals: Fellowship


PGY-1 (Preliminary Residents)

Name: Oksana Bailiff
Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
Personal Interests: Travel, skiing, scuba diving, Nascar
Future Goals: Dermatology


Name: Jason Childress
Hometown: Huntington, WV
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
Personal Interests: Spending time with wife & kids, golf, fishing, basketball
Future Goals: Radiology


Name: Frank Fofie
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD, Tema, Ghana
Undergraduate: Howard University
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
Personal Interests: Cycling, basketball, classical music, rock n’ roll, running, travel, being with wife & son
Future Goals: Radiology


Name: Ian Guerrero
Hometown:
Undergraduate: Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Personal Interests: Hiking, trail running, half and full marathons, swimming, playing basketball
Future Goals: Primary Care or Hospitalist; also open to Sub-specialization/Fellowship


Name: Eamonn Maher
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Hiking, trail running, half and full marathons, swimming, playing basketball
Future Goals: Primary Care or Hospitalist; also open to Sub-specialization/Fellowship


Name: Vivian Minkemeyer
Hometown: Wheeling, WV
Undergraduate: West Virginia Weslyan College
Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
Personal Interests: Yoga, Cooking, my dog
Future Goals: Radiology – Possibly Peds or Mammography


Name: Dipali Nemade
Hometown :Mumbai, India
Undergraduate: University of Toledo
Medical School: MGM Medical Colege & Hospital, Navi - Mumbai
Personal Interests: Watching movies, comedy, spending time with family
Future Goals: Neurology


Name: Kevat Patel
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical School: American University of Integrative Sciences
Personal Interests: Basketball, bowling, reading non-fiction novels, music
Future Goals: Nephrology Fellowship


Name: Cherah Pryce
Hometown: Virgie, KY
Undergraduate: Eastern Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Interests: Crafting, reading, anything outdoors, spending time with family
Future Goals: Radiology


Name: Madhulika Urella
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Undergraduate:
Medical School: Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences
Personal Interests: Spending time with my son & watching movies
Future Goals: To be remembered by patients as a caring and good physician


Recent Alumni

Name: Ahlim Al.Sanani
Hometown: Benghazi, Libya
Undergraduate: Garyounis University
Medical School: Garyounis University
Personal Interests: Having fun with my Family
Post Residency: Nephrology Fellowship, Marshall University, Huntington, WV


Name: Fathia Alfakeri
Hometown: Libya
Undergraduate Education: Garyounis University
Medical School: Garyounis University
Personal Interests: Cooking, Fine Arts, and Socializing
Post Residency: Hospitalist, Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, OH


Name: Emad Alkhankan
Hometown: Homs, Syria
Medical School: Albaath University
Personal Interests: Electronics and Swimming
Post Residency: Pulmonary Fellowship, Marshall University, Huntington, WV


Name: Ahmed Amro
Hometown: Palestine
Medical School: Jordan University
Personal Interests: Swimming, Traveling, Soccer, Riding Horses, Reading, and Teaching
Post Residency: Cardiology Fellowship, Marshall University, Huntington, WV


Name: Shada Attraplsi
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Undergraduate: University of Tripoli
Medical School: University of Tripoli
Personal Interests: Tennis, piano, swimming and reading
Post Residency: Hospitalist, Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA


Name: Michael Banks
Hometown: Point Marion, PA
Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Medical School: Marshall University
Personal Interests: Meditation, Training, and Martial Arts
Post Residency: Hospitalist, Our Lady of Bellefonte, Bellefonte, KY


Name: Hazim Bukamar
Hometown: Tripoli, Libya
Medical School: University of Tripoloi
Personal Interests: Soccer, Traveling, and Swimming
Post Residency: Pulmonary Fellowship, Marshall University, Huntington, WV


Name: Fikirte Feleke
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Undergraduate: Addis Ababa University
Medical School: Addis Ababa University
Personal Interests: Reading books, exercising, visiting places
Post Residency: Hospitalist, Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, OH


Name: Teshome Gebrmichael
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Undergraduate: Jimma University Medical School: Addis Ababa University
Personal Interests: Watching Soccer
Post Residency: Hospitalist, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, TX


Name: Binyam Gebremedhin
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopa
Medical School: Addis Ababa University, Medical Faculty
Personal Interests: Playing Soccer and Traveling
Post Residency: Hospitalist, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Name: Murad Kheetan
Hometown: Jordan
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology
Personal Interests: Sports and Hiking
Post Residency: Nephrology Fellowship, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL


Name: Ashwini Mallad
Hometown: Dandeli, India
Medical School: Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences
Personal Interests: Art, Socializing, and Dancing
Post Residency: Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA


Name: Munthir Mansour
Hometown: Jerusalem
Personal Interests: Reading, gardening, sightseeing and traveling
Post Residency: Academic Hospitalist, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas


Name: Elizabeth Mott, MD
Hometown: Huntington, WV
Undergraduate: Marshall University
Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Hiking, canoeing, spending time with family
Post Residency: Brigade Surgeon, US Army


Name: Mina Shenouda
Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt
Medical School: University of Alexandria
Personal Interests: Running, swimming, reading, spending time with family and friends, meditation, and watching television
Post Residency: Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

The best personal statements are memorable. They paint a picture in the mind of the reader and tell a story about who you are, how you got here, and where you want to go. The personal statement is vitally important because it is frequently used to help determine who gets interviewed and ranked.

Overarching theme:

Look over your CV and think about the experiences before and during medical school that inform what kind of family physicians you will become. Often there is a common thread that holds together even the most disparate of experiences – this common thread is usually one of your core values as a person. Identify this theme and write your personal statement so the reader could easily verbalize this theme in one sentence after reading your statement.

Experiences to highlight:

Use your experiences to give programs an idea of who you are. Be specific – talking about the aspects of care that you like in Family Medicine is good, but it’s even better when programs can see how your personal experiences reinforce aspects of family medicine that resonate with you as a person.

It’s okay to include patient vignettes and talk about your accomplishments, but be sure to relate it back to yourself. How did the experience impact you? What did you learn about yourself? How will the experience make you a better family physician? What about the experience demonstrates your commitment to the discipline of family medicine, your ability to work with others, your ability to work with patients?

Choose one experience and tell a story. This is a good way to open your statement, to develop your theme and make it memorable.

Commitment to specialty:

Talk about why you are choosing family medicine. Programs want to know why your’e attracted to a career in family medicine. What experiences convince you that this is the right field for you?

Strengths that you bring:

What do you bring to a program? What are you naturally good at? What specific skills do you have that will serve you well in residency?

Future plans/what you are looking for in a residency program:

At the end of this long road of school and training, what kind of work do you see yourself doing? What types of training do you want during residency to be able to accomplish this goal?

Organize your statement:

There are many ways to organize your statement to get these points across. One common way of organizing the personal statement is a three paragraph form reminiscent of those essays you had to write in high school. To use this approach the first paragraph tells a story to open the theme, the second paragraph fleshes out other experiences that highlight the them and discuss your commitment to family medicine, and the third paragraph reviews your strengths and future plans/training desires. However, this is a personal statement and you are free to write and organize it as you desire.

Do:

  • Write in complete sentences.
  • Use the active voice.
  • Make your writing interesting – use a thesaurus and vary sentence length and structure.
  • Have other people read your personal statement and give feedback.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to work on your statement and revise it based on feedback.

Don’t:

  • Rehash your CV or write an autobiography.
  • Use abbreviations – spell things out.
  • Violate HIPPA.
  • Start every sentence with an “I.”
  • Make it longer than one page, single spaced, 12 point font.
  • Have spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Write a statement that could be used for several different specialties (i.e. one that talks about wanting a primary care career but not specifically family medicine). If you are still deciding on a specialty and applying to different fields, write two different statements.

Sample Outlines for Personal Statement

 

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