From Hunter to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

I received this message recently from one of my amazing students, and I could not be more proud of him! I know Shaheen will be an incredible doctor!

"Dear Mayya,

How are you? I am so thankful for your help with General Chemistry in the Spring of 2012. Now I am starting medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and I could not have done this without your help! I just wanted to write to you because I really appreciate the time you took to help me. Best, Shaheen Malick"

Here is some advice to current and future premed students:

1. What inspired you to be a doctor?

I gained quite a bit of exposure to patient populations, the elderly, disadvantaged youth, the homeless and children with various developmental illnesses performing classical music for them. Playing music for all of these people over several years gave me the chance to reflect on health and socio-economic issues. I simultaneously became more fascinated with biology and began to realize, through research, that physicians play a wide variety of roles in society. A physician deals with all of the factors involved in human health from the societal causes to the genetic causes. Moreover, through readings on current events such as the healthcare insurance landscape in the U.S., I found that the role of a physician is also being redefined. All of this excited me and drove me to do whatever it took to be