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PGY2 — Class of 2028

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Undergraduate Degree: 2017 – University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

Graduate Degree: MS in Health & Medical Sciences, 2020 – UC Berkeley School of Public Health

MD: 2023 – University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) 

Hobbies: baking and eating pastries, reading and writing poetry, exercising (yoga, lifting, running, horseback riding), mentoring students (especially those underrepresented in medicine/academia) 

Why Otolaryngology?

Shortly after I discovered otolaryngology, I was committed. Every aspect of otolaryngology matched up with my goals and values: that it allows me to serve patients of all ages and identities; the profound impact we have on quality of life through hearing, breathing, speaking, and swallowing; that we consider both form and function; the surgical meticulousness given the territory; the breadth of work, from major operations to minor procedures in clinic; and, above all, the people — the culture of humility and kindness, and potential for promoting health equity. 


Fun Fact: I am a published poet and the founder and Executive Director of Afghan Clinic, a nonprofit I founded in medical school to promote immigrant health. 

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