Dr. Kushal Naik, MBBS '13 MPH '16

You can find my career portfolio here: http://kushalnaik.blogspot.in

The unparalleled joy of medicine and its power to prevent harm and cure diseases has made me realize how much one can contribute towards society. 'Non Sibi, Sed Omnibus' i.e. 'Not For Self; But For All' is the motto of my medical school and it is indeed the most important of all the things that I have learnt.

The idea of a holistic approach to diseases comes to my mind when it comes to diseases like cancer. As a doctor one must delve into the reality of patients' lives beyond the hospital and work towards a complete state of well being. But we often see a rather narrow minded approach to diseases. Like in many developing countries, healthcare in India is mainly focused on curative health and less attention is given to other important aspects of health like preventive medicine and palliative care. My interests lie in the preventive, therapeutic as well as psychosocial aspects of diseases and public health problems. I am keen on providing care not only at the level of an individual patient but also at an aggregate level.

I am a recently graduated medical student and have finished my MBBS and rotatory internship from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital (Parel, Mumbai, India). After graduation, I have been working as a medical officer in various branches of medicine. I intend to train further and work as a primary health care provider. Before that, I will engage myself in epidemiological research of various preventable problems by pursuing a masters in public health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA). This course will help me develop the critical thinking and research skills I need to pair clinical experience with specialist-level training in epidemiology and public health.

Being intelligent does not substitute for hard work and dedication; eight years out of high school and with many accomplishments and failures I have realized the true meaning of my school motto: 'There Is No Excellence Without Labor'.

I enjoy diverse experiences, a deep conversation, and have an unbridled curiosity. I am pursuing digital photography passionately (You can find the link to my photography collection below). My idea of enjoying a holiday would be sitting in a balcony peacefully, listenin