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Tejas Shah, B.S.
I moved to the United States at the age of 8 from Mumbai, India. I grew up in San Diego and
graduated from Scripps Ranch HS (Go Falcons!). I attended UC Irvine where I grew an
interest in medicine through my clinical experiences doing research at the UC Irvine free
clinic, as well as the MICU where we evaluated the efficiency of the ultrasound machine as
an alternative to assist in various medical procedures. I graduated in 2014 with a B.S.
degree in Human Biology, with encouraging words from President Obama as our keynote
speaker. Afterwards, I underwent my second ACL surgery which was tough but my
experience through the ordeal furthered my interest in medicine and more specifically sports
medicine which is one of the main reasons I am volunteering in Dr. Hargens’ lab over the
summer. In early 2015, I worked in Dr. Goldberg’s lab where I assisted post-doctoral scholar
Dr. Galvao in her nerve regeneration studies, specifically quantifying retinal ganglion cells
after they have gone through multiple combinations of experimental treatments. I also tutored various high school and college
students in the basic sciences via the Varsity Tutors program.
During this time, I applied to medical school and am fortunate to be accepted into Oakland University William Beaumont School of
Medicine, where I have just completed my second year. In the summer before I started medical school, I took a memorable trip to
Thailand, where I visited Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. The ability to immerse myself in such a rich culture full of rich history
and tradition was an amazing experience, and something I encourage many others to do.
I am interested in going into Orthopedics and therefore made the decision to join Dr. Hargens’ lab over the summer of 2017. My
time here has broadened my knowledge in the medical sciences and will certainly be something I can hold onto as I advance
further in my career as a medical doctor.
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