Why I Aspire to Attend Medical School


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My journey commences from the city of Lahore, Pakistan. As the son of a military officer, from a young age, my grooming involved discipline and structure, yet enough space and luxury to pursue my passions and goals. However, our time in Pakistan was limited, as religious extremism and government rulings made it nearly impossible for people of my faith to live freely. My dad took a very painful step and sacrificed what he built over a 25-year career for the betterment of our family. We emigrated when I was only three years old. As refugees, we were welcomed with open arms in Canada and quickly built a life for ourselves. I believe that a lot of who I am as a person is embodied in the struggles of my family, and in particular, my father. When I look at what we have sacrificed to be here today, I cannot think of a stronger motivation to work hard and do everything I can to make the most of my opportunities.

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My passion for science derives from my upbringing. From an early age, I enjoyed presenting and creative projects. Thus, naturally I thought I would thrive in business courses. However, after pursing the International Business and Technology Program in conjunction with taking courses in the natural sciences during high school, I quickly figured out that my true calling was science. I was particularly fascinated by the intricacies of the human body, and the relationship between our physiological and psychological well-being. Consequently, these self-discoveries resulted in me graduating with a BMSc with an HSP in Physiology.

My biggest takeaway from this program is that humanity has only touched the surface of scientific knowledge, with more to be learned in every corner. During my fourth year, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Douglas Jones, a cardiovascular physiologist I regard highly. Working with him on understanding the prognosis of cardiac arrhythmia was the first time I truly comprehended how much we do not know, as we are still only scratching the surface of comprehending conditions such as atrial fibrillation, a prevalent ailment in our society. I believe the clinician-scientists of tomorrow will play a meaningful role in understanding and, one day, treating debilitating conditions such as this.

This experience, as well as my peer-mentorship roles at Western as an orientation week leader and later as a leadership and mentorship program leader, have helped me realize how important knowledge is, and more critically, taught me the importance of sharing what you know. As a tutor for numerous courses, I have had the privilege of seeing my passion and hunger for learning and teaching grow. I am highly motivated to pursue medicine, as it permits me to be an exemplary leader, mentor, and counselor, while following my inner drive to unfold the mysteries of science. To that end, I have recently started working as a business developer. The primary reason for this entrepreneurial venture is to continue developing my leadership skills in a real-world context. Additionally, I want to bring about positive change throughout the world, thus, I have also started a small non-profit organization of my own. This organization will help fund the worldwide initiatives we are undertaking, such as providing educational supplies, raising awareness for the importance of healthcare and education, helping female entrepreneurs in paternalistic societies, and improving access to clean water. One of my hopes as a clinician is to further understand and take the proper steps to address problems afflicting impoverished populations globally. By pursuing a range of research experiences from core wet-lab work to patient-centered clinical work, I hope to eventually conduct my own research. Only through inquiry and persistent exploration can we hope to see a world free of traumatic conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Hence, this year I am also participating in several clinical research studies to observe how the pure sciences translate to clinical work. I currently work with Dr. Istvan Mucsi, a transplant nephrologist, studying the cultural and psychosocial barriers associated with accessing kidney transplantation within the South Asian community. I wish to take what I learn from this study and share this knowledge with members of my own community who may not be familiar with the various healthcare options available to them. I aspire to attend medical school for all the aforementioned reasons, and more.

When I was 5 years old, my uncle asked my dad what he wished I would become when I was older. His response was, “I hope he becomes a good human.” Hence, though some of my reasons seem idealistic, they stem from a desire to learn while hoping to make a positive change in my own life and the lives of those around me. Medicine provides me with the unique opportunity to do justice by others while practicing something that I love and that challenges me on a daily basis. As a physician, the world is your oyster: you can teach, research, do social work and even work as an entrepreneur, all the while knowing that each and every day of your life makes an impact on someone else’s. For me, that is the greatest reward of this profession.

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