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Sahas Chandragiri BMS’20 Found Proven Pathway to Medical School at USciences

By Jenna Pizzi and Rosie DiGironomo

Published on May 19, 2020

SSahas Chandragiriahas Chandragiri BMS’20 comes from a family of doctors. His father and grandfather are both physicians. His brother is already pursuing medical school.  

Chandragiri will be attending Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ this fall following in his family's footsteps. While Chandragiri credits his lineage for the introduction to the medical field, he believes that the advising and preparation that he received from USciences has groomed him for medical school.

“Since USciences is such a small school, my pre-med advisors are able to give me individualized attention, help me choose my classes, and give me ideas of volunteer opportunities or skills that will help an application to med school,” said Chandragiri, graduates with his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.

Chandragiri will be getting ready to start his journey to becoming a physician this fall and is ready for the unexpected challenge that lies before him. The COVID-19 pandemic has made many prospective doctors realize not only the massive responsibility but the essentialness involved in the profession. 

“Physicians, as well as health care providers, have the profound ability to affect not only the health but also the mindset of people in crises,” said Chandragiri. He further notes that globally there is lack of health literacy and this is contributing to the response towards the pandemic. Increasing public health awareness is something Chandragiri feels passionate about. 

“It is the duty of physicians to help patients understand what is being done and why. The weight of this impact is not something I take lightly, and it has made me all the more excited to begin my journey into medicine!”

Chandragiri said USciences helped him make his application to medical school stand out from the rest. Chandragiri played tennis and golf for USciences, was a member of the University’s Pre-Med Society, became a USciences Ambassador, and was also the Vice President of Circle K (a volunteer organization). He stated that though USciences is a small school, the opportunities that are available to students are that of a larger University.

It is the duty of physicians to help patients understand what is being done and why. The weight of this impact is not something I take lightly, and it has made me all the more excited to begin my journey into medicine!

-- Sahas Chandragiri

“I started thinking about studying like it is tennis practice and exams like matches,” said Chandragiri. “I got so into it and it was fun and challenging. I realized I actually enjoyed learning new material, studying hard, and the process of learning.”

Being a part of the University’s pre-med program has given Chandragiri insight into what medical schools are looking for in applicants and the opportunities to ensure he has those attributes and is prepared for the challenging coursework ahead.

“I learned so much more about the people and so much more about the program because it is a smaller school and I get individualized attention from my advisors,” he said. Chandragiri said the University’s partnerships with several medical schools is also beneficial because it provides a clear pathway to future success and a roadmap to follow which has helped others before him succeed. The program offers shadowing experiences and opportunities for students to strengthen their future applications to medical school.

Additionally, USciences is a small University with the benefits of a big institution, he said. The campus feels suburban, providing a quiet place to study, plenty of green space, and a close-knit community but at the same time you can easily access Center City and the heart of University City’s neighboring universities and the restaurants, shops, and activities they have to offer.

“It is a perfect place where you aren’t overwhelmed and you have a place to study and work hard, but you can walk five minutes in any direction and you are in the heart of the city with all the benefits,” Chandragiri said.

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