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student was hooked. He made a straight run towards becoming
a surgeon and never looked back. He continued to seek and get
mentorship and advice from the surgeon throughout his college
and medical school years. His motivation to come to the U.S. was
due in part to the influence of the mentor and in part due to a
lack of good post-graduate training programs in India at that time
(the early 1970s).
Dr. Sharma's training in the U.S. took place at Cook County
Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and in New York City at hospitals
affiliated with New York Medical College. He practiced vascular
surgery in New York for 15 years, also teaching at New York
Medical College during the last 5 years of his stay in New York. A
job opportunity prompted him to move from New York City to
this area about 25 years ago, and the people of Berks County have
been benefiting from his skills as a vascular surgeon ever since.
During his early years in the U.S. Dr. Sharma dealt with
homesickness, and the challenges of adapting to a new diet, new
culture, and surgical training were compounded by the need to
maintain his rigorous work schedule while also meeting family
expectations both in the U.S. and back home. The support that
allowed him to persevere came mainly from other physicians
from India, who knew exactly what he was going through and
who made a point of looking out for each other. Over time, his
professional success exceeded his expectations and validated his
decision to make the difficult transition to a career in the U.S.
Dr. Sharma's advice to young International Medical Graduates
who are currently making this transition is: "Consistent good
performance, citizenship, and tolerance will lead to your
gaining acceptance and respect from the public and from your
professional colleagues more readily in the U.S. than in any
other place in the world. No other country will afford you better
opportunity and fairer treatment."

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We asked Dr. Sharma to say a few words about his reasons for
making his gift, and what follows is his response:
"Serving on the executive council of the BCMS I have had the
opportunity to observe the "President's Internship" program. I
believe it is a great concept and affords young people who are
interested in medical and paramedical fields as a career choice a
valuable experience and resume booster. As programs go, it is
relatively inexpensive, and the dedication shown by the members
of the medical society to seeing these young people succeed is
admirable. In order to fund this program the society is always
seeking sponsorship. Although the society always comes up with
the funding, I thought it would be nice to have a perpetual source
of funding for it while the other sources of funds can be put to
good use for other educational endeavors. This idea motivated
me to make a donation to the educational trust fund. My hope is
that the funds would be invested and the growth can be used for
the internship stipend. Having said that, I leave the final decision
on how to spend the money to the Executive Council, since I
believe in the collective wisdom of this body to use the funds for
needed educational efforts."
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