Year in Medical School
Where did you complete your undergraduate education?
University of Georgia
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a first-generation, Pakistani-American student pursuing a career in medicine. I was born in New York and raised in Georgia. The most important values I was taught growing up are hard work, honesty, and good-will for others. Most of my focus in life has been on education, but some of my hobbies include sports, comedy, and volunteering whenever and wherever I can!
Why did you choose MCG and the Medical Partnership Campus?
MCG was my dream school! I am a Georgia boy, so it felt right to pursue a medical education here. Going to school in the state where I hope to practice medicine will help strengthen my roots and love for this state. The Medical Partnership Campus was attractive to me because I thrive in small group learning. I personally don`t like lectures because they can be boring and time consuming. I believe that case studies are more efficient in teaching medicine. The smaller class size, the lively city of Athens, and proximity to Atlanta were huge plus points for me.
What is your advice for someone interested in medical school?
The journey you are about to embark on will be tough. You`ll be knocked to the ground multiple times; you`ll even question if you`re cut out for the lifestyle of a physician. The most important thing is to be resilient. There is not one way to get to medical school. There is not one way to get through medical school. Most importantly, follow your own timeline. Be unique, be different, and enjoy the process.
What is a typical day for you?
6-7am: Wake up, perform morning meditation/prayer. 7-8am: Shower and eat breakfast. 8-9:30am: Morning Study Block. 10-12pm: Small Group Case Studies. 12-1pm: Lunch. 1-4pm: Afternoon Study Block. 4-6pm: Short Study Block. 6-7pm: Dinner and Netflix. 7-9:30pm: Evening Study Block. 9:30-10:30pm: Gym. 11pm: In bed.
What motivated you to become a physician?
Physicians play a versatile role in society. They treat patients, teach, research, innovate, run businesses, etc. That attracted me towards this field. Also, the amount of trust and responsibility that exists between a physician and patient is such an enormous, yet beautiful weight to bare. A simple 9-5 pm desk job would not cut it for me. I want more out of life. Becoming a physician will provide many avenues for me to give back to the world.
Favorite place to eat in Athens:
Marti’s at Midday
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?