Class of 2017 Graduate’s Goal Is to Become a Pediatrician
Aspiring pediatrician Shubhankar Joshi is a people person. And when he came to UMass Boston four years ago from Billerica Memorial High School, it didn’t take long for him to reach out to others, get involved in campus activities, and contribute to the Boston community, all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.
After taking part in the Freshman Leadership Institute, which gives freshmen a chance to meet their peers before starting school and helps them prepare for leadership positions at the university, Joshi was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students, and elected president. He has since served as an orientation leader, president of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and active member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the international pre-medical fraternity. With his fraternity “phamily,” Joshi participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, volunteered at Perkins School for the Blind events, and organized blood drives for Boston Children’s Hospital.
“I’ve found some of my best friends within that chapter,” said Joshi, a biotechnology major. “To achieve the goal of reaching medical school, I can’t do it alone. I need help. And the help I’ve found was in my peers. We helped each other, actually, climb the ladder of success and gain other volunteer experiences, helped each other with clinical experience, helped each other gain research experience, and helped each other thrive in this community called UMass Boston.”
The College of Science and Mathematics’s pre-med Freshman Success Community has also been a source of support for Joshi, and he supports his peers in both CSM and the Honors College. He is a Freshman Success Community peer mentor, a CSM dean’s ambassador, and one of five Honors College ambassadors.
“I sometimes wonder how Shubi finds the energy to do all the things he does and does so well–with a smile and spirit that makes everybody who meets him feel personally supported,” Honors College Dean Rajini Srikanth said.
As a junior, Joshi worked with Professor of Biology William Hagar, researching an enzyme found in grapes to find the optimal time when the fruit would be ripest. The aim of this experiment was to create a laboratory-based project that could be used to teach biochemistry students about enzyme kinetics. Professor of Biology Manickam Sugumaran served as Joshi’s faculty member on his senior research project on the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase attacks compounds that are the precursors to melanin, which is responsible for the skin and hair color found in all animals.
Joshi’s commitment to service extends beyond UMass Boston. For the last 11 years, he has been involved in Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, an international nonprofit focused on organizing Hindu youth and developing leadership skills through athletics and academic activities. He is currently a volunteer at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he visits with children in the Surgical and Solid Organ Transplant Unit.
“If I can make at least one child smile, I would consider that day to be a success, regardless of whatever else happens that day. Children are the life and soul for me,” Joshi said.
Joshi says before medical school, he wants to first become licensed as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and help the patients that he currently works with as a volunteer in a new capacity.
“[I want to] help them with their treatments, help take their vital signs,” he said.
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