By: Mohak Patel
Academic S.M.A.R.T Goal.
S- By the end of my academic career, I want to achieve a 95% average in math. I have always been able to achieve steady 90's, but I know I can do better. I will take steps along the way to achieve this 95% average.
M- I can track my goal by keeping all my math tests that get graded and handed back. Using the scores that I get on these tests I can find my average, or a brief idea of what it could be. As long as I consistently get 4's and 4+'s I will know that I am on my way to getting a 95% average. Another way I can track my goal is by asking for mark updates in math class and asking the teacher questions when I do not understand something. I can ensure that I thoroughly understand the concepts that we learn in class by completing extra practice drills online. I can train and practice the individual skills required in that unit, and I can ask the teacher the next day about things that I did not understand. If I consistently get great scores on the online drills, then I will know that I will do well on my test, and I can further track my goal and know that I will do well. Overall, practicing certain skills online and using the scores that I get, and asking the teacher for mark updates will allow me to track my goal.
A- My strengths include staying organized, hardworking, and independent. This means that I will know where everything is, I will work hard when I set my mind to it, and I have no problems working on something alone and I will easily be able to do this. One of my biggest weakness is procrastinating, and leaving things to the last minute. I can overcome this by doing things in small chunks and completing it over time. This way there will not be large assignments that will take me hours to complete on the last day. This will also allow me to learn more efficiently and I will be able to remember things better. To achieve my final goal, I will set 30 extra minutes every day after completing my homework to study, and make sure that I understand the material being taught. If I do not understand something in the homework or lesson, then I will ask the teacher the next day or during class about it and ask her to further explain it to me. After learning and understanding the concepts I will do well on my tests and be one step closer to achieving my goal of having a 95% average in math. Another way I can take my skills further, and understand the material better is by doing more than just the homework, and going above and beyond to learn more about what was taught in class. This could include other ways, to solve equations, or even other concepts.
R- This goal is realistic and doable because I enjoy doing math, and due to it being so prevalent in today’s lifestyle I would like to improve my math skills. Another reason why this goal is important to me is because in order to go to the Biology program at University of Toronto you need a minimum average of low 80’s to high 80’s. And I might as well boost my average doing something that I love, math. I already have 90% average in my highschool career so far, and would like to continue it throughout the rest of my academic career. I have set this goal because I know that I can do it if I set my mind to it, and put enough time and effort. Overall, I believe that this goal is realistic, and will help me further in life if I am able to accomplish it.
T- I plan on accomplishing this goal by the end of my academic career. Some other small goals that I will take along the way include asking questions when I do not understand something, completing my homework everyday, paying attention during lessons in math class, and by completing extra work regarding the topic that we are learning in class. Overall, I believe that if I try hard enough and believe in my self I will be able to accomplish my goal.
Volunteering S.M.A.R.T Goal
M- I will measure my process by tracking all of the hours that I completed. This will show me if I am on the right track or if I must volunteer more frequently. I will add up the amount of hours that I work day by day, and I should be able to calculate how many more I need. If I get more than 50 that'll be even better.
A- In order to reach this goal, I must make it a priority to complete a few hours every week. If I complete 10 hours each month starting this month, then this goal will be reached by the end of September 2016. Therefore, I will have ample amount of time to achieve my goal and perhaps even go above and beyond and reach even higher. I will complete at least 2-3 hours every weekend over the summer break and this will add up to many hours. If I complete them all this summer then I will not have to worry about them in grade 12 and I can focus on studying and getting good grades.
R- This goal is realistic and doable because I have already completed 20 hours of community service without even trying and it was actually quite fun. If I actually do more research and find places to volunteer I believe that I can complete these hours while having fun over summer break. One place that I have found that sounds really fun is the at the Canada Day event. It even says there will be free food so, I am definitely going to go there. This goal is important to me because I plan on completing all the hours before grade 12 so I can focus on getting good grades so I can get into the university program of my choice. If I complete all my hours before grade 12 I will also have extra free time that I can use to study, or relax and will take a big weight off my shoulders. My cousin is in grade 12 right now, and she did not complete all her hours yet. Now she has to take every weekend off and every opportunity she can to earn hours because they are mandatory to get a Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Overall, completing my hours early will allow me to relax in grade 12 and allow me to focus on my studies.
T- I plan on completing this goal by the end of my academic career, but I will do everything I can to complete at least 40 before grade 12. Some other smaller goals that I will take along the way include trying to complete at least 2-3 hours every weekend, and doing research on places that sound fun. Because the last thing I want to do is waste my weekend doing something boring. Overall, if I complete at least a couple hours every weekend I will easily be able to accomplish my goal.
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I am a certified radiologist looking for a position at a Hospital, that will allow me to use my teamwork, communication, and radiology skills to the fullest of potential.
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Doctor Of Medicine (MD) | Toronto, Ontario
May 2022 - June 2026
University Of Toronto
Degree in Health Sciences (BHSc) | Toronto, Ontario
September 2018 - September 2022
Louise Arbour Secondary School
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) | Brampton, Ontario
September 2014 - June 2018
University of Toronto Medical Training Program
Radiology Residency Training | Toronto, Ontario
June 2026 - December 2029
Pharmacy Technician | Brampton, Ontario
· Maintained inventories of medications and prescription records of pharmaceutical products
· Ensured the information on prescriptions was accurate, entered client information in databases and prepared medications for clients
January 2022 - January 2023
· Organized and planned events to welcome new students
· Worked with Grade 9's as a leader and gave them valuable knowledge
June 2016 - June 2018
William Osler Health System
Volunteer Personal Support Worker | Brampton, Ontario
· Met the needs of children, adults, and elderly patients that were on bed rest
June 2016 - June 2018
Skills and Abilities
· Language skills (Fluent in English, Gujarati, Hindi, and a working knowledge of French)
· Ability to problem solve
· Listening skills
· Strong Leadership and management skills.
· Ability to manage and organize information
· Decision making skills
· Positive attitude and behaviour
Student of the Month
Academic Honour Roll
Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences
Doctor of Medicine
Hobbies and Interests
· Drawing, and Digital Arts
· Playing Video Games
Mrs. Nguyen, High School Teacher, Louise Arbour Secondary School, 905-793-5451, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tran, High School Teacher, Louise Arbour Secondary School, 905-793-5451, email@example.com
Ms. Sidhu, High School Teacher, Louise Arbour Secondary School, 905-793-5451, firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenges and Solutions
My future career goal is to become a radiologist working for a well-known hospital. A radiologist is a type of doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases through the use of medical imaging devices. This career path comes with many advantages as well as disadvantages. Some challenges that radiologists face include, balancing work and personal life, paying off student debt, and becoming stressed out due to working under pressure.
To begin with, radiologists are required to work long, hard, irregular hours. This means that they rarely get time to spend with their family and for their own enjoyment and it is hard for them to balance work life and personal life. A radiologist can either work set hours, or be an on-call radiologist. An on-call radiologist has to come in whenever they are needed and this can range from the middle of the night, to a random time during the day. This limits the amount of things that they can do during the day because they may have to leave at any moment. Even a radiologist with set hours normally has to work more than an average person because they must keep working until a diagnosis is complete and this can range from 10 to 11 hours a day. In addition, it will be hard to take my family on trips to go places, and attend other commitments. For example, if I have children and they join certain clubs or extracurricular activities such as soccer or basketball, it will be harder for me to help them attend due to me having to work such irregular hours. I can overcome this challenge by planning ahead and creating a schedule to organize each task that I must complete on the given day. This will make sure that more than two tasks do not overlap and that I can make it to all activities that day. This schedule will be organized on the basis of my work hours, and the remainder of the hours will be dedicated to family activities, and personal life. Therefore, maintaining a daily schedule will allow me to balance work life with my personal life.
Secondly, another challenge that I will face as a radiologist is paying off student debt. In order to become a radiologist, I must complete four years of University and also four years of medical school. The cost for four years of University to get a degree in health science is approximately $24880. And to add to this school is the cost for four years of Medical $88720. So in total, after completing all my education I will be $113600 in debt. This will take a lot of hard work and dedication to pay off, and will likely cost most of my salary for multiple years to pay off. Another way that I can work to pay this off is by creating a savings account and putting money in it over the years that I am studying. This way I will have a large amount of money to go towards paying off my student debt, and will have to pay less in interest. However, the fortunate part of becoming a radiologist is getting paid while completing the residency training. The salary during residency training can range from $44000 to $80000 per year. This means that if I earn an average salary during residency training I will be able to pay the debt off in around 2 to 2 and a half years. After completing 4 years of residency training, I will have enough experience to apply to higher positions such as Diagnostic Radiologist, and I will earn the full salary of a radiologist compared to the reduced salary of a resident. After this I will be able to spend my money wherever I wish to spend it and will not have to worry about student debt.
Finally, the last challenge that I will face as a radiologist is being stressed out due to working under pressure. Saving lives can be rewarding, the responsibilities that come with being a doctor can be stressful, such as making a mistake and possibly losing a patient. All my daily tasks will impact the future of the patient that comes for diagnosis. And I will always have to keep that I mind, this will create a lot of stress and I will have to learn to cope with it. One way that I can reduce stress at this job is working with a team of doctors and nurses, and asking for help when needed. This will reduce the amount of mistakes that can be made due to the decision being made by a team rather than a single person. Another way that I can reduce stress at this job is by consulting the more experienced doctors when making certain decisions and getting their opinions on it rather than just doing it by myself. Overall, becoming a radiologist will be a very stressful job due to my decisions impacting others future, but I will be able to overcome this by consulting more experienced individuals.
In conclusion, becoming a radiologist will come with many challenges but I will be able to overcome them through the use of various solutions, and techniques. Some of the challenges I will have to face include, having a lot of stress, paying off student debt, and balancing work and personal life. But all of these challenges can be overcome by planning ahead and asking others for help when needed.