Name: Preethi Kannan
Major: Public Health, Business of Healthcare certificate
HCMP Role: Intern
Other Associations: Natural Sciences Council, PLUS, Biobricks
Describe a shadowing experience that has impacted you the most:
How has HCMP benefited your professional or individual goals?
Just a few months ago, I had absolutely no idea what specialty I wanted to pursue, let alone what a career in medicine truly looked like. I had no exposure to the medical field outside of volunteering, so I had no one to ask questions about the path to becoming a doctor. HCMP has given me mentors who have helped me answer those questions and also empowered me to feel more confident about pursuing medicine. I found myself naturally drawn to many of the specialties, such as pediatric surgery, that I never previously considered.
What has been your favorite aspect of HCMP?
By far, the best thing about HCMP is the people in it. Something about bonding over Kerbey Lane pancakes and accidentally starting mini grease fires while grilling really brings you closer to everyone in this organization! In all seriousness, having an entire family of peers to share the highs and lows of shadowing and being pre-med has been invaluable.
What do you like to do in your free time?