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Shivani Wadnerkar – PEDS 421

February 28, 2019

“UNC is an excellent place to be at. You often read about UNC being one of the top medical schools in the country, and when you’re actually here you realize why they mean that. I think it’s because academics is so ingrained into clinical practice are every level. Everyone who is at the hospital is learning, the residents, students and fellows are all learning.”
— Shivani Wadnerkar – Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (India)

Muhammad Dawood Sheikh – MEDI 406

February 22, 2019

“The advice that I would want to give would be to take things one step at a time guys and to not overthink about how you are performing in your elective. Just remember that you’re here to learn and focus on the learning part and honestly everything else just falls into place.”
— Muhammad Dawood Sheikh – The Aga Khan University (Pakistan)

Simranjit Kaur – MEDI 407

February 22, 2019

“This is my third elective in the States and has definitely been the best so far. The reason I say this, is because UNC has a good patient load, I saw a variety of cases and got sufficient hands on experience both on the liver and luminal side. I got the opportunity to see procedures I had just read about in books”
— Simranjit Kaur – Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (India)

Noor Shoukat – SURY 410

February 20, 2019

“[My residents] treated me like an actual intern and not like a student. Even though it was tough in the beginning it was very helpful to boost up my confidence and get an idea of what it would be like to be a resident in the United State. I ended up doing a lot of work because they pushed me to it. This made me realize that I can fit it into the system. ”
— Noor Shoukat – Shifa College of Medicine (Pakistan)

Samia Ellias – SURY 428

February 19, 2019

“I think it’s important for medical students doing surgery to know that it’s not just the residents you learn from. It’s also the nurses and everyone else. You must introduce yourself and write your name on the board so people can help you. They are going to teach you a lot beyond what is happening in the surgery.”
— Samia Ellias, Topiwala National Medical College (India)

Sherley Chhibber – MEDI 481

February 15, 2019

“This has been a great experience for me and has been new for me. We are here 5 days a week, we do research and read about it. And then finally we go to the clinics and see the patients and they are exactly how we read it.”
— Sherley Chhibber, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (India)

Nishad Barve – MEDI 413

January 23, 2019

“The entire nephrology team is very thorough with their patient work up. I learned how to analyze urine samples and was also able to witness the placement of a dialysis catheter. The rotation also helped me polish my case presentation skills.”
— Nishad Barve, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (India)

Patrick Cherfan- SURY 428

January 18, 2019

“I chose a rotation that was technically hard and advanced, laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery, I didn’t expect to be able to give a hand since it is very technical and way beyond my level. But I was taught a lot about those procedures and techniques. I was able to train through simulation in the lab and residents were always there to help and give me tips. They taught me some tricks on how to perform those procedures even though I couldn’t do them on real patients, which is what I was prepared for from the beginning.”
— Patrick Cherfan, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Rukhsaar Khanam- MEDI 408

January 17, 2019

“The diseases are so new and so complex in this elective. For example, UNC is giving patients treatment that is not provided anywhere else. I felt that this was the forefront of treatment and UNC is using cutting edge technology. I’ve never seen this type of patient care before, it’s very up to date. These are things I never would have experienced anywhere else.”

— Rukhsaar Khanam, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (India)

Ishani Mehta- PEDS 445 & PEDS 426

June 22, 2018

“It can be very overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time in the US, it can be very intimidating, so just be yourself and there’s nothing to be afraid of. That’s what I learned because I was scared when I came. Just be confident about what you know and what you do because the way that they do things here can be very different from the way they do things in your home school, and you might feel a little out of place or you might start doubting yourself, thinking that you don’t know stuff. But it’s alright, I think people here understand that you’re from a different background, so it’s alright to just be yourself.”

— Ishani Mehta, Topiwala National Medical College (India)

Rishanki Jha- MEDI 475 & MEDI 414

April 28, 2018

“I really liked both of my electives, and they gave me two different experiences, but were both really enriching. I definitely feel like I am more ready to join the American medical system. My skills in terms of note taking, history taking, and examinations have really gotten better because I have had amazing residents and attendings and fellows who have always been so forthcoming and very willing to teach.”

-Rishanki Jha, Kasturba Medical College (India)

Saamia Javed- MEDI 406

April 27, 2018

“It was interesting because it was so fast-paced. In the morning, we had morning rounds and I’d never done that! So, as a medical student being exposed to that was fun because I got to see and take care of so many patients on my own.”

– Saamia Javed, C.M.H. Lahore Medical College (Pakistan)