Hiral Patel (DO ’22) March 31, 2022
Match Day 2022
Students from the class of 2022 are celebrating the next step in their professional
journey. Here they share what has inspired them along the way and what advice they
would give to new students.
Where did you match?
University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Prisma Health, Greenville, South
What specialty have you chosen to pursue and why?
I chose Internal Medicine because I believe it would allow me to provide comprehensive care to my patients
while addressing various organ systems. Additionally, I am able to serve as their
primary doctor during their hospital admission and provide that continuity of care.
Also, I am interested in pursuing a subspecialty fellowship later down the road.
How did you feel when you found out you matched?
I was beyond thrilled to know that I would be heading to South Carolina. It still
feels unreal to be at this part of the medical school journey! My program really stood out to me during interview season, and I am really
excited to be a part of the team at Prisma.
What advice would you give to year one medical students just starting their journey?
The entire process seems really daunting, but I think it’s truly important to enjoy
each portion of the journey because it won't be the same as the next. Take your time
with patients on rotations because there are always learning opportunities and you
are laying the foundation to be a kind and compassionate physician. The next couple
of years will help you figure out what aspects of medicine are attractive to you.
It’s not always a clear-cut answer, and you'll like multiple specialties along the
way (and that’s ok!). Also, it’s so important to take those mental breaks and go do something fun to get your mind off school!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Medical school has introduced me to life-long friends that have always been there
for me. I think it's important to build a strong support system with friends and family
because there will definitely be rough and stressful days along the way. Grateful
for everyone because it truly does take a village!
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