Aysha13 4 / 6 Oct 30, 2016 #1Chevening is looking for individuals with strong networking skills, who will engage ....Being born and bought up in Saudi Arabia, then moving to India my home land in 2011 was a tremendous adjustment on my part. One of the advantages of growing up abroad that it helped me build a good network. Since Saudi Arabia has a large population of expats from all around the world, I grew up in a multi ethnic society. Connecting with people from different countries and culture, building and enduring mutually beneficial relationships enhanced my networking skills.Professional networking and good communication skills plays an integral part in a physician's life. I learned its value when I started working as a general physician here in Lucknow, India. Once I had a patient who was assigned for a gall bladder removal surgery. He was working in Saudi Arabia and was back to homeland for his annual leave, which was due to an end in two days. Worried about how to proceed with his operation when he has to travel the next day and since his diagnosis was made late he did not have time to extend his vacation. That time I remembered one of my colleagues from Saudi Arabia, who happens to be a surgical resident now in one of the well-known hospitals there. I explained to the patient that if he agrees I would contact and request her to handle his case and guide him to the best and most affordable hospital for his surgery over there. Since the patient was delighted and ready for the opportunity, I made the call did the necessary arrangements and helped the patient receive his surgery in Saudi Arabia while I remain here in India. This was only made possible through networking skills.I believe networking in my field is of crucial importance as meeting doctors from all around the world and from different specialities and backgrounds could be an essential step in climbing the career ladder as well as providing a holistic patient care. I'm highly committed in making and maintaining new connections by reaching out to people introducing myself and exchanging contacts for professional or personal interests usually through seminars, conferences and medical events.Chevening scholarship would give me the perfect opportunity to expand and enrich my network through meeting other aspiring scholars and sharing our experiences together. It will be a privilege being part of the vibrant Chevening community to benefit and motivate each other towards reaching our goals and building a better future for our countries.