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If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
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Sleep apnea and asthma are two commonly diagnosed respiratory illnesses. Even though there is much research on them, there is still more to be learned. Think of some of the problems you have experienced with patients. Which ones interested you most? Why? Explain to the interviewer that you are interested in understanding how these illnesses affect the oxygen supplied to the brain, which ultimately affects the patient's overall health. Are you interested in finding out if some of these common illnesses can be prevented or treated in a more effective way?
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If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
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I would want to study cystic fibrosis in order to find the best ways to manage the disease.
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Bronchitis b/c my daughter recently had this respiratory illness.
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COPD because most in todays population cigarette smoking is the factor that is hard to stop.
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CF. The disease process and typical age range of patients that it affects interests me.
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I would like to study ARDS. Because of its high mortality rate and oftentimes cause of death of people who have encountered lung injuries, I would like to develop or device a plan on how to prolong the life of the patient affected with ARDS and how to prevent severe complications.
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If I could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness it would be asthma.
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I want to study more about COPD
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I would like to learn more about ARDS
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I want to focus more on lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because my grandfather had copd and my dad long time smoker. I just want to educated myself just in case something in the future will happen. When I become educated about this illness I will focus more on other stuff and help other patients that are struggling in different issues and illnesses.
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Cystic Fibrosis. I find it interesting that it is a genetic disease and how it affects the lungs.
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Copd, the key to smoking cessation.
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Cystic Fibrosis because I had a childhood friend who had such an illness and we attended middle school together, it was heart breaking seeing him in so much distress day to day.
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It would be cystic fibrosis.
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Asthma, so much is still unknown and I would like to be part of the team that gets more answers.
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Acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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I would like to learn more about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias in newborns .
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I would like to dedicate more time to study Lung Cancer in relation to radon exposure. I believe that in society today radon is becoming more of a concern. Particularly I would like to study how Radon causes Lung cancer. As a Community Ambassador for the Ontario Lung Association, a big part of the role included educating the general public about Radon exposure and offering ways in which to prevent/ detect it. I would like to know the intricacies as to how it actually affects humans on a physiological level.
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COPD is one leading population lung disease.
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I would be interested in exploring more information and new treatments for cystic fibrosis. I've always been interested in learning more about this disease process and about how to better treat these patients.
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Asthma. My mom suffered from asthma since I would remember and I always wished I could help her more.
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For the moment, am not inform enough to choose but if I had to choose now, I would study more the trouble breathing of newborn because baby's illness intrigues me.
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With my clinical experience thus far I have a lot more exposure to adults versus the neonatal population. For me I would spend more time on how to mechanically ventilate cyanotic and acyanotic heat defects, since I was unable to receive exposure to this during my clinical rotations, thus far.
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I know this might should cliché, but I would like to study more on cystic fibrosis. I feel as though there is so much more for me to learn about this disease.
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Lung cancer in relation to smoking.
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I want to know general information about the patient, history of present illness, past medical history, occupational history, if they are a smoker, drinker, drug user. I would like to know the patient's family history.
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Asthma. Being a lifelong Asthmatic has changed my life in many ways. I would love the chance to help others overcome it.
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndomes (ARDS)
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I would like to do more reaserch on patients with ARDS
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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
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ARDS, I feel as though I have not had much experience working with this type of patient.
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Ideopathic pulmonary fibrosis. So many patients go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and the disease needs more research.
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Asthma cause I have seen my grandmother suffer from it. I would spend more time studying on it so I could help others like my grandmother that are suffering from this illness.
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Cardiac anomalies and their effect on the respiratory system and oxygenation.
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I would study asthma because I had a mild case of asthma when I was younger. I always wondered why I was called a happy wheezer when I was little.There are also many new drugs that can be used to treat asthma.
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Copd. If it wasnt copd- it would be asthma and the links with young people not managing there condition.