How did you choose your Cambridge International subjects?
At school I wasn’t quite sure whether to follow a career in medicine or biomechanical engineering, so I chose to study Cambridge International A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Although my ambitions guided my choice, I was also very impressed with the teaching methods used by Cambridge, such as classroom presentations and seminars, and the emphasis on student-teacher interaction. These methods made concepts very easy to grasp, especially as a Cambridge school ensures an environment conducive to learning and growth.
How did your Cambridge qualifications support your move to university?
I eventually decided on medicine as a career, and went to Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, in Mumbai, to study for a MBBS degree (a joint degree in Medicine and Surgery). When I went to university I found that the Cambridge curriculum had certainly equipped me with essential skills and knowledge, and had also taught me application-based learning and helped my personal development. For example, as a result of my Biology and Chemistry studies I was able to gain a better understanding of human physiological processes earlier on in my degree course. My English Language studies also helped my fluency and confidence, and I have since made many presentations at work and at conferences, and also published several articles in medical journals, all in English.
Did you also take part in extra-curricular activities at school and university?
When I was at school I discovered that I was good at putting pen to paper, so I continued this hobby at university and was the editor of two of my College magazines. At present, I use my writing skills for medical writing which involves preparing and publishing research articles and case reports.
How has your career developed since university?
After graduating with my MBBS degree I completed a Master’s in General Surgery at Seth GS Medical College. After finishing my Bond service in 2020 (a compulsory work period in a state-run hospital) I became an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Surgery at the Grant Government Medical College & Sir JJ Group of Hospitals (also in Mumbai) as I wanted to experience a different spectrum of patients and a new work environment.
Now I am back at Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, again as an Assistant Professor. However, I have also passed the MRCS exams (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) and am in the process of applying for a general surgery post in the UK. I then intend to become a Fellow of the RCS and eventually work in robotic surgery.