Mital Patel, a second-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, grew up in Sun Prairie, Wis., just east of Madison, knew two things growing up: she wanted to stay close to home, and she wanted to have a career in science.
“I wanted to integrate that science into my career, but also do something that allowed me to help people on a daily basis.”
Patel was accepted as an undergraduate at UW-Madison with only an inkling that she might go pre-med.
“The real solidifying thing that happened in my life and made me want to go to medical school is that my grandfather got really sick during my freshman year,” she said. “He had a really bad lung infection, and he was in India at the time and not getting the best care.
“When he was able to come home, he was hospitalized just a quarter-mile from my dorm, and I spent a lot of time by his bed just watching the treatment that he got, how well the doctors and nurses treated him, and that made me want to be that person, who could help the person who was in pain and also the family around them.”
Patel went on to major in medical microbiology and immunology at Madison, and it’s no surprise where she first looked toward medical school.
“I was actually very interested in Madison, and I wanted to stay close to home – I’m very close to my family,” Patel said. “But after I interviewed at MCW, I kind of fell in love with the program. My interview here just made me feel so comfortable.
I was really interested in the curriculum as well.” Patel cites faculty mentorship and MCW’s “Discovery Curriculum” as other key factors in her decision to attend MCW.
“The courses I had last year made me feel so well prepared for the things I’m presented with this year – which is not something I’m hearing from a lot of my colleagues at different schools, who have to do a lot more refreshing. I just feel so much calmer about it than they seem to – as calm as any med student can be!”
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