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 California State University, Fullerton

Chetan Gairola

Chetan Gairola

About me:

I graduated from high school about six years ago.  I did not know what I wanted to do in life until almost three years ago.  During my undergraduate career, I switched from English, Psychology, Undecided, Physician Assistant, until finally settling on becoming a physician, with an undergraduate focus in Biology.  This decision came from my summer program at UCLA, known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), which convinced me that there is a need for physicians in the community, and that I can be just as capable as anyone else.  After one last semester at my junior college, I transferred to Fullerton, and I have never regretted it.

Fullerton has given me everything I needed to prove myself and become an applicant that could get into medical school.  I have community and clinical volunteer work, research regarding the cranial endothermic heat source in Albacore, officer work in the Student Health Professions Association, and mentoring under my belt.  I was lucky to obtain wonderful advisement from my research advisor, Dr. Dickson, as well as my biochemistry professor and pre-medical advisor, Dr. Goode.  Meet and know your professors, especially the ones who want you to succeed.  Through SHPA, I was able to belong to a community of students who had common goals and would have to undertake the same hardships and stress that I would.  It was a good support system, and one that educated me as to what else was out there.  Medicine wasn’t just medicine, it was a plethora of disciplines that, eventually, I would have to pick just one from.  This was both an exciting, as well as another stressful thought.

It has been a long journey, and it is humbling to realize as I leave this chapter behind, a new, much longer chapter is opening up before me.  I know this will fly by, and soon enough, I will be treating patients.  I will be attending Touro University (Vallejo, CA campus) in August of 2009 as part of the Class of 2013.  I hope my advice and mentoring will be remembered and taken into account by the current students who I leave behind and that they will become the competitive applicants I hope for them to become.