Emmanuel Akuna, Student
Hometown: Delta State, Nigeria
USMLE STEP 1 Score: 260
About: I am from Delta state, Nigeria. I am a current MD 6 student at Windsor. I was one of the nominees for best student during my MD 5 and won other several awards including most athletic and most likely to get a 250 in Step 1. I have been involved with the Student for Health organization where I have had the opportunity to learn and provide health service to the St. Kitts community as a student.
Advice: I believe studying for the step starts in your first semester. Study not just to pass class exams, but with the intention that you will need the information for the boards and to help your patients. Familiarize yourself early with the materials that you will need for the step, this will help build a solid foundation that will help you tremendously during your dedicated step 1 study period.
Amer Khan, M.D.
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Residency: Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
About: Dr. Amer Khan is from Boston, MA. He studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is currently serving as Chief resident in his PGY-3 year at EVMS. In this role, he has the opportunity to work very closely with fellow residents, faculty and teaching medical students in addition to his clinical duties.
Advice: Work hard and try to enjoy your chosen field of study because in medicine your job is going to be a very significant part of your life. Do your best to learn as much as you can at every step of your education as it all comes together in the end when you begin to practice medicine, regardless of your chosen specialty. This attitude will ensure success not only on your board exams but also when you are in residency training and beyond. Do not simply be content with the present, stay ahead of the game and plan early to ensure you are prepared what is ahead.
Karim Vellani, M.D.
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Residency: Family Medicine, University of Toronto
About: Dr. Vellani finished his residency in Family Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital at the University of Toronto in 2014. During his residency he won the prestigious University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine Clinical Excellence Award. After residency, he initially held numerous roles in the community including acting as a family physician, hospitalist, medical educator and methadone prescriber. He then proceeded to join a Family Health Team at the University of Toronto where he serves as a full time Academic Family Physician and Lecturer. He also holds various administrative roles at St. Michael’s Hospital including the site lead for Quality Improvement and Information Technology.
Advice: Get a wealth of broad exposure in medicine, network, good work-life balance.
Jesse Morse, MD, MBA
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Residency: Creighton University, Family Medicine, Omaha, NE
About: Dr. Jesse Morse transferred into Windsor University into the 5th semester Carbondale campus. He rotated through multiple hospitals in Chicago, IL, Shreveport, LA and Norfolk, VA. Dr. Morse has simultaneously completed a master’s degree in Healthcare Management.
Advice: To understand the topic and review it again. You are not studying for just one exam but for a successful career in medicine.
Jocelyn Joseph, M.D.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Residency: Ghent Family Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School
About: Dr. Jocelyn Joseph is from Chicago, IL. She did her undergraduate at Michigan State University where she received a bachelor of science in Human Biology. She is a 2nd year resident at EVMS. Dr. Joseph is involved with research on chronic pain management and metric project on hypertension.
Advice: To do well on boards, apply yourself, and to make connections at conferences.
Joseph Howard, M.D.
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine, General Psychiatry, Atlanta, GA
About: Dr. Joseph Howard attended the University of Southern California and earned his BA in Psychology with minors in Natural Science and Spanish. Following undergrad, he worked as a medical assistant for 6 months prior to beginning medical school. Following 5th semester, Dr. Howard transferred to Windsor University to complete his Clinical Sciences. Today, he is a PGY-II Psychiatry resident at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
Advice: Remember why you chose to go to medical school and stay focused during your basic and clinical sciences. Passing board exam scores should not be the goal, rather exceptional scores. Understand the residency application process and avoid delays by having test scores, letters of recommendation, deans letter, etc. ready by the first day of submissions.
Dr. Jagraj Singh Brar
About: Dr. Jagraj Singh Brar graduated from Windsor university school of medicine class of 2015. He is currently completing his 2nd year at Michigan State University- Sparrow Children's regional center in the department of Pediatrics. His special interests include; Pediatric critical care transport along with PICU procedures. He is pursuing a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care medicine hopefully in Canada.
Advice: Doing well on boards but also giving 100% no matter where you are (Classes, rotations, volunteer work etc). You will never know what you will end up enjoying or what important person you will meet and/or need in the future. Through this journey there will be hardships, accept that and take time for yourself. When the time comes for an interview be genuine, be yourself, tell real stories and don't be scripted. When you succeed, never forget where you came from and always help others. "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease"- Sir William Osler.
Dr. Tarun Nanda
About: Dr Tarun Nanda graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine and is currently doing his family medicine residency at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. His special interests include preventive medicine as well as outpatient procedures. Tarun is looking forward to completing residency and pursuing a career in family medicine and all that it entails!
Advice: To be successful in this journey, you must believe in yourself. Be confident and always remember what's waiting for you at the finish line. Do well on your board exams, find what fascinates you and what your passionate about and work for it. Lastly, always be humble and enjoy the experience!
Dr. Sunil Tulpule
About: Matched into a Hematology/ Oncology Fellowship at the University of Nebraska
Advice: Windsor University has provided me with the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of becoming a practicing physician in the United States. From the very beginning, my basic science professors were very helpful in preparing me for the USMLE exams. Windsor University also gave me the opportunity to rotate in both large university hospitals and community hospitals in Chicago, exposing me to a diverse patient population. I felt very prepared to begin my Internal Medicine Residency, as well as for my fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. I was also able to make lifelong connections with colleagues who are also now practicing physicians in the United States, ranging from primary care physicians to anesthesiologists. I am very appreciative of all that Windsor University has done and continues to do for me.!
Dr. Jasmine Virk
About: Resident Physician in Pediatrics at Michigan State University
Advice: Always continue to learn. Learning shouldn't stop once you finish a test or a day at clinical rotations. That is what differentiates a good physician from an exceptional physician. Pick up research articles, review what you learned quickly at the end of the day, look over your notes. Have passion in what you do and you will surprise yourself on how much easier it makes the whole process and how prepared you will be during residency.
Dr. Jasmin Sandhu
About: Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Advice: A good doctor treats the disease. A great doctor treats the patient. Years of reading and studying we tend to get lost in the world of medical science. But remember, our patients are someone's mother/father/brother/daughter. Remembering this will give you the greatest skill of all: empathy.
Dr. Shaheen Fatima
About: Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Advice: The end goal, which is “Residency and Match”, should be kept in mind since the beginning of the first year. It is very important to have sturdy study plans, good research (forums are great places to look for information about how to sketch a good study plan and what to expect), focus and burning passion to not only pass the steps but to aim for great scores. Scores are the primary filters for residency interviews and the aim should always be to be above average. Nothing is impossible and no goal is unattainable. In Napoleon Hill’s words, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Dr. Abhinn Aggarwal
About: Dr. Abhinn Aggarwal graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine with the Class of 2014. He is currently completing his post-graduate residency training in Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota (Center for Family Medicine in Minot). His special interests include office procedures, urgent care, emergency medicine, surgical assisting, and research. He looks forward to practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine after his graduation.
Advice: During basic sciences, attend classes on a regular basis, try to read a little bit every day, and understand concepts and physiology rather than memorizing them. During clinical sciences, learn from your patients and attendings. They will give you a wealth of knowledge that will help you become a better physician later on. Do well on board exams. Don't forget to take time off for yourself when needed.
Dr. Vipan Kumar
About: Resident Physician in Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Sumeet Mohan
About: Resident Physician in Family Medicine at University of North Dakota
Advice: Always work on having a positive attitude before anything. There will be times through your journey in medical school when you will want to quit. It will be tough. Being committed and putting in effort will pay off.
Dr. Sushil Singla
About: Transitional Year Resident at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan
Advice: Achieving my goals of a PM&R residency was challenging and took a lot of dedication. Windsor University provides you with the tools and the means for success, but you are the one that must wield those tools to create the profession of your choice. All the best to future students.
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