/ Pharmacist - Personal Statement & for Commonwealth PhD Scholarship Application
Instinct of survival of mankind is the cause of development of drugs. Ancient man started the use of crude drugs to alleviate the pain and symptoms of diseases long before he started recording history. In modern times miracle of medicines is taken as granted and modern man no longer fears the diseases which wiped out whole civilizations in past. Knowledge of drug discovery, and development of efficient and refined medical treatments has not only increased the life expectancy of human race but also improved the quality of life. During my childhood I was always interested in field of research and development and biographies of famous scientists were among my favorite books. My interest in the field of medical science arose from the need to find the cure of several untreatable diseases. I always aspired to become a research pharmacist to develop modernized techniques and remedies to allay the misery of patients specifically targeting the chronic diseases.
In my undergraduate course, my research project was based on the development of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory sodium chloride toothpaste. . During this project I realized that instead of theoretical course work I enjoyed conducting practical research work. I also worked on an observational and cross-sectional population based study project to find out the most commonly used HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor in Pakistani population. To collect data for this clinical project I visited several government hospitals and had the opportunity to observe the condition of patients and lack of required healthcare facilities. For further exposure in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, I interned at Highnoon Laboratories Ltd. After completing my graduation I worked as Hospital Pharmacist at Combined Military Hospital, Lahore. During my job I got the opportunity to observe and interact with patients suffering from various maladies. My interest in research and development led me to pursue an M.Phil. degree in Pharmaceutics. Due to lack of availability of modern research labs I was unable to work on new dosage form development and had to opt other project. During my M.Phil. research, I worked on the development of a transparent Carbopol based paracetamol gel for transdermal drug delivery. Currently I am working as the Hospital Pharmacist
As a Pharmacist I am highly interested in innovations taking place in the field of medicine and hope to work on the development and design of new dosage forms. Getting a PhD degree in the field of Pharmaceutics would help me to learn the latest techniques and problem solving skills. It would train me in the stages and steps required to develop a new dosage form. This will also provide me an opportunity to observe, interact and learn from the top class scientists which are currently working to combat the diseases faced by modern man. These skills will enable me to reach my goal of becoming a research scientist in the field of medicine.One essay per thread.