University of Rochester '14 | University of Connecticut School of Medicine '19
Pooja is originally from Berlin, Connecticut. She graduated from University of Rochester with a B.S. in Biology and is planning on attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Outside of work, Pooja enjoys spending time with her family in Boston and Connecticut and doing dance and yoga. At KDDS, she worked with Barbara Starr, NP, and has helped to organize the housing for all of the incoming gap students.
“While in college, I focused on laboratory and leadership experience, but I had not obtained a significant experience in a clinical setting actually working side by side with physicians. My experience at KDDS was far more valuable than any previous volunteering or shadowing experience because I was spending 40 or more hours a week actually seeing and talking to patients and learning from the doctors. I not only learned how to get patient histories, fill-out medical charts and assist with procedures, but also learned how to communicate with pharmacists, the intricacies of insurance and billing, and how to manage a physician’s schedule. This inside look into a medical career strongly affirmed my goals of becoming a physician, and also helped me go into medical school more confident and prepared. Now as a first year medical student, I find that I am more comfortable speaking with patients and obtaining relevant information than some of my peers who missed out on such an in-depth clinical experience. Furthermore, I have made contacts with physicians and other medical students across the country that have helped strengthen my professional network.” -Pooja Patel