Sagar Shah ’10 begins med school in Hawaii

Congrats on getting in to med school to Sagar Shah ’10!  Sagar is attending the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.  He has promised to spend more time in the hospital than on the beach! Aloha!

We asked Sagar about why he chose Hawaii and what his experience has been like so far. Here’s his answer:

I picked Hawaii because everything about the school seemed like a place I could see myself at when I interviewed. The people were very inviting, the school focused on teamwork rather than competition, and the curriculum was not based on lectures. Rather than memorize, regurgitate, and forget, the school focuses on PBL or problem based learning where students actively learn and teach each other. It is a method of teaching that also works as their average STEP-1 scores(boards) are ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Last week was orientation week and we had our white coat ceremony. It was a very symbolic moment, and I really think all of us were taken aback by the significance of the ceremony after taking the Hippocratic oath. Classes have already begun in full swing and I’ve started to get busy. I definitely miss UTD and my family back home. The five hour time difference isn’t always the best when you want to talk to family, but I’m enjoying my studies and learning quite a bit about the new culture here. I don’t think I’d be here if it wasn’t for the help and support of the McDermott Program. I count my blessings everyday! 



Can you spot Sagar? sagar1