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My desire to specialize in Family Medicine developed over a lifetime of observations and experiences that taught me the significance of primary care Growing up in Nigeria and India I was aware of the lack of access to health care that plagued both countries My family moved frequently throughout my childhood during our travels my mother kept a book entitled Where There is No Doctor This book guided her when she needed medical advice in many of the remote areas where we lived From a very young age my curiosity was piqued about the idea of living in a place where there was no readily accessible medical help As I grew older I witnessed firsthand the impact of trying to remain healthy without access to preventive healthcare and medical treatments My father was a diabetic he was an avid golf and tennis player and outwardly he appeared healthy His work required frequent air travel and following a long flight he developed a DVT That untreated DVT progressed rapidly into a fatal pulmonary embolism Looking back I frequently wonder if his death could have been prevented with better access to primary care My father only visited a doctor when he was seriously ill and because he never developed a lasting relationship with any primary care physician he did not have a single doctor that continued with direct follow up his care His memory my personal experiences and my clinical training have inspired and affirmed my decision to pursue a career in Family medicine While attending medical school in Dominica I have been fortunate to participate in numerous community outreach events for the medically underserved population of the island During my Basic Sciences coursework I helped organize preventative health fairs to provide the local community with simple health screening tests such as cholesterol blood glucose and blood pressure followed by general health counseling for each patient Data collected was added to their medical record books which Dominicans
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