Lessons Learned from Parth Desai

In case you missed last fall’s Career Conversation with Path Desai, Research Analyst, Committee on Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you can read more about the conversation here:

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The panel with Mr. Parth Desai was highly informative. When I first heard about it, I was very surprised. Why so? Well, it was just the fact that the panel speaker had taken a career path that was out of the norm. Let me explain;

Like many science majors at BC, Mr. Parth Desai was a Biology Major with a concentration in pre-medical studies. The plan was to attend medical school post-undergrad. This is the very traditional pathway to becoming a physician here in the States. Mr. Desai, on the other hand, opted to take another route. He attended a master’s program in public health after his time here at Boston College. What he received from that program was most unexpected. Rather than just strengthening his foundations in science and making him a better candidate for medical school, the master’s program opened a variety of career pathways and exposed him to experiences that most traditional pre-medical students never have the chance to. These pathways and experiences were not just limited to medicine and the sciences but covered a broad spectrum such as law and politics.  In effect, making Mr. Desai a more well-rounded physician candidate. It just goes to show you that there are always different pathways to a certain goal. This Career Conversation has really opened my eyes to the varied possibilities that a pre-medical student could take before he/she commits to medical school.

-Tony Do, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2014

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