Consults

Through the course of medical education, students learn to call for “consults” from various medical specialties. Yet, consults can come in many forms — from social work, nutrition, law, ethics and policy. There is also much to be learned from premedical and post-bacc students, who may be walking into medicine with a fresh set of eyes. “Consults” invites experienced non-clinicians and undergraduates to contribute pieces relevant to the medical student community.

Abhi Dalal (1 Posts)

Pre-Medical Guest Writer

UC Berkley


Abhi Dalal graduated in 2017 from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in south and southeast asian studies. He is currently a research associate at UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities, where he is involved with community-engaged mental health research. Abhi enjoys teaching older adults mindful yoga at Parkview Community Hospital, feeding the homeless over the weekends, and attending to Latino patient needs at Tzu Chi Mobile Clinic. Abhi’s dream is to become a patient-centered primary care physician that also partners with communities on health and disparities.




Rebirth of the Savior of Births

I had always thought of medical professionals as society’s heroes who could do no wrong, but with my own personal experiences in the back of my mind, I discovered the reality was far more complex.

The year was 2011. I was thirteen years old, and school had just let out. I walked back home, exactly four blocks away from school, left-right-left-right, lub-dub, lub-dub.

Kartik Iyer Kartik Iyer (3 Posts)

Pre-Medical Guest Writer

University of Pittsburgh


Kartik Iyer is a pre-medical student at the University of Pittsburgh where he is earning a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in English writing. He actively researches the neuronal basis of drug-craving relapse as well as potential treatment. Also, he volunteers extensively with Foodlifeline and has already delivered 5,000 meals to his local neighbors. Because he achieved the USA Biology Olympiad Top 20 in the nation and a perfect SAT score, he offers USA Biology Olympiad and SAT paid tutoring classes. In his free time, Kartik enjoys writing and contributing to his writing group. He also occasionally explores the city's new cuisines with his friends. In the future, he would like to pursue a career in medicine, specifically in radiology.