Berks County Medical Society Medical Record Winter 2019 - 20

M e d i c a l R e c o R d F e at u R e

Beyond Brown,
Berks County, & Kenya:
Experiences of a
Pre-Med Student
by Sai Kurapati

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his past summer, I was blessed with some of the most life-changing
medical experiences I've ever had. Fortunate enough to shadow two of
the most talented doctors I've worked with, my experiences this summer
ranged from being in an OR in my own local Berks County community to an
OR in a country on a continent I never imagined I'd have the opportunity to
travel to.
Reflecting on my times with each of the physicians, Dr. Pathanjali Sharma
from Penn State Hershey St. Joseph's Medical Center and Dr. Fred Otsyeno from
Jomo Kenyatta National Hospital in their respective specialties of vascular surgery
and orthopedic surgery, to say that "I learned a lot" would be an understatement.
To say that my passion for this profession has only intensified would be a true
statement.

Dr. Fred Otsyeno and Sai Kurapati after scrubbing
in on an orthopedic surgery at the Kenyatta National
Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya

Looking back on some of my initial volunteering days at St. Joe's when I
helped out in the Vascular Institute office with faxing records and filing patient
charts, I remember quite well with how much awe I would look at Dr. Sharma
on the rare occasions I managed to catch a glimpse of the busy man. I was a shy,
silent 15-year-old. I quickly befriended all of the nursing and office staff, but not
once mustered the courage to even say hello to Dr. Sharma. I never imagined a
few years into the future, I'd have the opportunity to stand beside him in the OR.
I think one of the most memorable procedures I was able to scrub in on
while shadowing Dr. Sharma was actually one of the simpler ones I had seen:
a debridement and wound vac placement. Though it certainly wasn't the most
exciting surgery to stand through, it was one of the most eye-opening. I had
shadowed Dr. Sharma throughout that week and noted how invested he was in
the patient's case, as he was in each of his other patients' cases as well. Watching
all of Dr. Sharma's preparations pre-procedure, the care and caution that went
into the actual procedure, and the follow-ups on patient recovery post-procedure,
I realized that being a doctor is not just a profession; it is a lifestyle.
In Dr. Sharma's case, it is a lifestyle he is not only admirable at, but also one
he himself clearly admires. I have had 200+ hours of shadowing experiences, but

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