Alumni Update with Sangam Malani
I recently got the chance to interview Sangam Malani who is finishing up her 5th year at medical school.
We just learned that you are now a doctor, congratulations! What is your doctorate degree in, and what university did you graduate from?
I’ve graduated with an MbCHb; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sheffield.
When did you first know that you wanted to go into this field?
I’ve been inspired by my teachers. I’ve always had great biology and chemistry teachers and they had a knack for bringing the subjects to life! They showed me the magic in science and introduced me to the mysteries of the human body. Since then, I’ve just wanted to find out more!
My enthusiasm to learn coupled with my desire to serve people and improve communities, made medicine the ideal field for me!
Were there times when you thought you couldn’t do it? Please explain.
Yes. It was very tough, with first year being the toughest. From a class of 24 in school, I went to a class of 240 in university, that had the best and brightest students. That first year was quite challenging. I was on the verge of giving up, but my family didn’t let me. They encouraged me and by fourth year, I was in the top 10%. Hard work and dedication made a difference, but the biggest difference was the move from external to internal validation; when I stopped trying to become better than others, and instead, tried becoming the best version of myself.
I’m sure it was quite difficult. What are your future aspirations?
As things stand, I am leaning towards academic medicine, more specifically in Neurology. This would allow me to pursue research and medicine side by side. My wider aspirations include working in Public Health, with organizations like WHO to shape, coordinate and implement health care policies internationally.
Do you have any words of advice for current students at KIS that might want to become a doctor?
My advice would be to show your interest in medicine early on. Be it through internships or volunteer work. Follow science journals and keep up to date with the latest advances in medicine. It will set you apart.
Medicine is a lifelong journey of study, research and discovery. It is extremely tough but immensely rewarding! I wish all those aspiring to be doctors, all the best! We need you.
Thank you for your time, Sangnam! We wish you the best of luck, and please stop by and visit when you’re back in Bangkok.