Virtual Resume

Monica Sabbineni


Academic SMART Goal

S - By the end of grade 12, I want to have an overall average of 90% in all eight of my university level courses.

M - I can do this by studying what I have learned so far in each course on specific days for at least 45 minutes alongside balancing homework from those courses as well. Since grade 12 will be harder than grade 10, the studying time must be longer than my current study time of 30 minutes. I will increase that time to at least one hour three days before large tests. As I want to go into the medical field, I will focus more on the three science courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics). As a result, the study timings for these courses whenever there is a major test will be one and a half hour instead. In order to measure my progress, I will set checkpoints after every big test, the progress report, and midterms to see where I need to improve. These marks will be recorded, so that I can reference back to them. Furthermore, I will do the same with recording my marks for the rest of grade 10 along with grade 11 to adjust my outlook on grade 12.

A - Specifically, I will study for each of course that I have in one semester on certain days. I will study for my period one course on Monday, my period two course on Tuesday, my period three course on Wednesday, and my period four course on Thursday. I will spend Friday working on the course that I feel I am struggling in, and my weekends will be spent reviewing my notes for any upcoming tests. Before grade 11 and 12, I will review some major concepts during the summer before because I will become more familiar with them. By the end of grade 11, I want to have an average of at least 88% so that I can bring it up higher in grade 12.

R - My marks have been fairly high so far because in grade 9 my average was 93% overall, and also because I got a 96% in total the first semester of grade 10. Also, I realize that the senior years will be much tougher, so I know that it will be difficult to maintain an average similar to those. Therefore, I will try for a 90% as it is still within my standards and is realistic as well. This is an important goal for me at this time in my life because I want to get in university that have a good reputation for their medical program, such as Queens, and they require very high marks.

T - The time frame for my goal is from now until June 2018 when I graduate secondary school. The checkpoints for my progress will come up every two weeks or so for the next two and a half school years, so I will work along that timeline so that I will remain updated throughout the rest of my high school career. I will continue to set smaller expectations; for instance, I will aim to gain a 90% or above on major tests or increase my average by one percent every mark update.

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Volunteering SMART Goal

S - By the time I graduate high school in grade 12, I want to earn 225 community service hours. I will complete 25 hours in grade 11 and 25 hours in grade 12 as I already have 175 hours. I would like to gain these volunteer hours at the Brampton Civic Hospital and a medical clinic.

M - To measure my progress, I will have an ongoing record of the various activities I plan to do, the ones I have completed, how many hours I plan to have within the time frame of that school year, how many hours I have completed, and how many hours I need. I know that it is required that you volunteer for at least 6 months at the hospital, so I will begin in July and end in December in my grade 11 year. I will follow a similar format of volunteering for my grade 12 year, except that I will do it at a clinic instead.

A - In order to reach my goal, I will spend a minimum of one hour every one to two weeks during the school year and two hours every week during the summer. In case I am unable to get into a certain place, I will apply to several different hospitals and clinics within the area to increase my chance of acceptance. My homework must be finished before so that I can make time for volunteering during the school year, so this requires me to adjust my studying and homework schedule according to when I need to volunteer. I need to get references as well and create a resume, so I must work on and complete those two before I finish grade 10.

R - I have already gotten roughly 175 hours so far within approximately two years all the while balancing my studies and maintaining an average above 90%. Despite grades 11 and 12 being harder than the junior years, I still believe that I can get 50 hours in total based on that. It is important for me to gain volunteering experience in the medical field in specific because lots of people want to go into that field nowadays, and in order to get into my preferred university, I need to stand out. Experience is a good opportunity to do so, and volunteering would show that I am well-rounded and interested.

T - The time from for this goal is from now until the end of high school. Along the course of the next two years, I will follow a set plan in order to be timely; my resume and references will be done by the end of semester two so that I can apply, and I will check to see how many hours I have received in total every two months. For the summers before grades 11 and 12, I hope to have about 10 hours done each, and do the rest of the 15 hours during the school year. If I know that I am behind on my plan, I will try and set a goal at that time (such as volunteer an hour more) to bring my hours up to the point at which I should be.

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Preparing for Transitions and Change

Preparing for Transitions and Change

Future Resume

Monica Sabbineni

123 Nowhere Street, Brampton, ON, L6P 2R5



To attain the full-time position of Medical Oncologist at The Hospital for Sick Children.


Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

2026 – 2030

· Medical residency in Oncology

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

2022 – 2026

· Medical Doctor (MD)

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

2018 – 2022

· Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)


· Excellent verbal and written communication

· Fluent in English and French

· Customer service

Work Experience

Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, Kingston, ON, K7L 5P9

2027 – 2030

Resident Oncologist

· Worked under certified oncologist

· Attended to patients and assessed cancer development

· Prescribed treatment approved by supervising oncologist

Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, ON, K7L 5G2

2026 – 2027

Medical Intern

· Performed medical procedures such as biopsies

· Discussed prognosis with head physician

· Interviewed, examined and counseled patients

Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON, K7L 2V7

2018 – 2022

Part Time Medical Administrative Assistant

· Scheduled and confirmed medical appointments

· Coordinated consultations, lab tests, diagnostics, and bookings

· Greeted and organized patients prior to their appointment

Volunteer Experience

Queen’s Helping Hands, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6


First Year Representative

· Raised money through events and fundraisers

· Represented first year students and suggested ideas given by them

· Worked as head facilitator of Cuts for Cancer in order to encourage hair donation


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Certifying Exams


Honour Roll

2018 – 2026

Michael Brown Memorial Award in Oncology


Medical College Admission Test


Extracurricular Activities

Queen’s InvisAbilities

2018 – 2026

· Aided in breaking down societal misconceptions associated with unseen illnesses

· Organized programs such as InvisAble Yoga and Lending Library

Project Red

2018 – 2026

· Promoted healthy living amongst students attending Queen’s University

· Coordinated the Annual Charity Fashion Show for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

French Club

2018 – 2026

· Conversed with beginner French speakers to improve their fluency

· Hosted diversifying learning experiences such as movie nights and potlucks


Jason Ross

Medical Oncologist, MD

Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario

25 King Street West

Kingston, ON, K7L 5P9


Karen Goel

General Physician, MD

Hotel Dieu Hospital

166 Brock Street

Kingston, ON, K7L 5G2


Challenges and Solutions in Oncology

As an oncologist, I will have to face many challenges and will also have to deal with them appropriately. Oncologists are specialized doctors who diagnose and treat different types of cancer. When the patients are first referred to an oncologist by their family physician, they develop feelings of anxiety, panic, and fear because they are worried about how the diagnosis of a possibly terminal disease will change their life. So, a major challenge oncologists face is dealing with sad and crying patients. It is a difficult job to give news that a person is sick in a way that cannot be cured completely, and it is even more difficult when that person does not take the news well. It is highly unlikely that the patient will be completely emotionless to their diagnosis, so a solution is to listen to what they have to say and be empathetic. As a result, the patients will feel better cared for and understood. Also, doing so helps establish trust and confidentiality, as the patient will feel more comfortable putting the future of their treatment in my hands. Another part of the solution is to be honest and clear by telling them what can be done to help them get better. I should not be overly emotional when delivering the news nor should I be emotionless, as either would make the patient feel worse; rather, I should make them feel connected by being sensitive and aware of their emotional state. It is not enough to merely diagnose and treat the cancer—there are emotions in play, so I need make sure my reaction and actions assure each patient that I am there to support them.

Furthermore, the patients are not the only ones emotionally affected by the hanging weight of a diagnosis; it will affect me too. Most patients coming into my office will leave with a new and unwanted piece of information, and I will constantly be ridden by fear and sadness about how my actions may have negatively changed their lives. As a solution, I should perform very thorough examinations, refer the patients to further testing if required, and be knowledgeable about all the cancers. In turn, I will know the diagnosis that I made is right, and that I am helping the patients for the better by providing them with treatment specific to their cancer type, not making everything worse. In addition, I should think of the positives in each of the patients’ futures; they will be treated better than they would have if they were not diagnosed in the first place, and their life will be extended through therapy. Another resolving step I can take is to understand that it is okay to be emotionally affected similarly to the patient; after all, I am still human. And even when I witness a death that I am not able to stop, I need to look at the bigger picture—although I cannot save everyone completely, I can help as many people as possible live as long as possible. All in all, I can help myself recover from the emotional impact by looking at the positives and how I have put my best effort into giving treatment plans to my patients that will ultimately make their lives better.

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