I obtained my Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree from Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India, in the year 2006. I then began did my residency in internal medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Michigan, USA. I am currently receiving my postgraduate training at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Previously, I completed 12 months rotating internship at Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research and its affiliated hospitals. As an intern, I had rotations in the departments of Internal Medicine, Community Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. I am a fellow member of the following societies and associations; American College of Physicians, American Medical Association Michigan State Medical Society and Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan, coupled with the following licencures; Educational Medical License: State of Michigan, Punjab Medical Council, India and Indian Medical Council.
My interest in cardiology uprose while I was serving as a house officer at Government Medical College & Rajindra Hospital located at Patiala, Punjab, India. I worked for 6 months in Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology as a junior resident where my responsibilities were majorly taking care of patients on cardiology floors. On one occasion, I witnessed a patient pass on because the doctors were too busy attending to other patients. The patient, smidge 11 years old, was suffering from Infectious endocarditis; a disease which as I could be told by the doctor is very curable with a timely diagnosis and treatment. The main cause of this patient’s death was, therefore, lack of timely medication as a result of a global acute shortage of cardiologists. My desire to practice cardiology was further heightened when serving as a house officer a Janak Surgical Center, Patiala, Punjab, India and Sadbhavna Heart and Medical Institute, also located at Patiala, Punjab, India. Admittedly, these two postings helped me gain experience in history taking, clinical evaluation & assessment of patients, diagnostic planning and management as well as get involved in surgical procedures such as appendectomy, colostomy surgery, herniorrhaphy, cholecystectomy, TE fistula repair and various other surgeries.
I incessantly offer myself for voluntary service whenever I get the opportunity. For 12 months, while in my third year, I volunteered in the National AIDS Awareness Program initiated by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to make the general public aware of the modes of transmission of HIV and methods to stop its spread. During the same period, I was a Family Health Advisory Program volunteer in which I was involved with a low-income family from urban slum area in the city of Amritsar assigned to me by the Department of Community Medicine. As part of the program, I was a supposed to educate the family about health benefits, vaccinate their children as well as counsel them in STD’s and HIV, among other things. My longest voluntary service was to the Pulse Polio Program in which I volunteered for close to three years. Basically, the program was about the administration of OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) to children under the age of five years.
It is also worth noting that I have been involved in the joint authorship of more than ten articles that have been published in several medical journals including Heart Failure Reviews, Clinical Cardiology, and The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. I have also participated in a plethora of conferences and meetings. For instance I am, together with three others, supposed to give a presentation on Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in peripartum cardiomyopathy at the International Academy of Cardiology, 17th World Congress on Heart Disease, Annual Scientific Sessions 2012 to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 27-30, 2012. On the same note, I have received numerous honor and awards for my exemplary works as a medical investigator.