I believe that my life is nothing but a humble anthropomorphized form of all the kindness people have showered on me over the years. Born in a family of four, where the only source of income was the inconsistent wages from auto-rickshaw driving in a small town (Chiplun), I was extremely lucky to have received education in a wonderful school with some really great teachers to guide me. Most of my schooling happened through scholarships and informal financial assistance. Courtesy good grades, I could get into BJ Government Medical College in Pune, where I studied medicine and graduated in Feb 2010.
While doing my rural posting at Ratnagiri District Hospital, I came in intimate contact with the public health system of the country, and couldn’t help feeling it was colossally inadequate. Instead of simply cursing it though, I decided to try to do strive for positive change myself. I resolved to study public health formally and then use the knowledge in advancing health systems in India. Thus, in 2011, I decided to get a master’s degree in public health (MPH), preferably from the USA which is world-renowned for its public health education. I had to wait till 2014 to earn enough to stabilize my family and then go abroad.
After my MPH in May 2015, I decided to come back to India despite opportunities to work abroad, especially because I wanted to look at India’s public health system once again with the new insights that my education had offered me, and then contribute to its advancement. Of course that made me defer my loan payment (I studied MPH on a loan), but the time spent in India (2015-16) helped me better understand several new aspects of the country, its politics, and its health policy. I am currently in a PhD degree program at Harvard University (since Sep 2016), focusing on the patient-doctor relationship and medical ethics in India. I intend to return to India to teach public health and medical ethics after my PhD.
If you find merit in my life, my thoughts, and my work, and if you are able to help, I would highly appreciate financial assistance to help me repay my educational loan. It amounts to several thousand dollars (or several lakh rupees); drawn form the Harvard University Employees’ Credit Union (HUECU), Cambridge, MA, USA. This would translate into not only helping me, but also helping many students from poorer nations who apply for loans at the HUECU, for the money paid back by former students is used to finance loans for current and future students.