My name is Reena Patel and I graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2006 with a major in Biology. It has always been a life long passion of mine to become a physician. My interest in medicine began at a young age and I knew that medical school was the path for me. This decision was further solidified during my years at CBU. After struggling with the MCAT, I decided that I would not give up dream and pursued other options. I applied to medical school in the Caribbean and was accepted. Initially, I was terrified at the thought of leaving home, but I knew I could not pass up this opportunity. I attended the American University of Antigua Medical school in September of 2007 and spent 16 months there completing my basic science courses. After that, I started my clinical rotations back in the states. Being a part of a foreign medical school had it challenges. I had to be extremely aggressive as far as trying to get my clinical rotations set up so that I did not lose time. I traveled to many places including Miami, Atlanta, New York, and Baltimore. Through my many experiences during my clinical rotations, I had finally decided that Family Medicine was the specialty that I wanted to pursue. The decision was simple. Family medicine would allow me to see all ages and a diversity of medical diagnoses. I applied to many programs throughout the states, mostly those closest to Memphis because I wanted to be close to home. Also being a foreign medical graduate, I knew that it would be much harder for me because I was competing with US graduates. I was very fortunate to receive many interview opportunities and was especially ecstatic when I got an interview at the UT Family Medicine Residency Program. I was sold immediately. I did rank UTFM number 1 on my match list and was very excited to learn that I would be joining their program starting July 1, 2012! As I am near to completing my 2nd year of residency, I am proud to say that I am going to be one of the Chief residents for our upcoming year. I am so thankful and blessed to do what I do. I love going to work and the diversity of medical problems that I face on a day-to-day basis always keeps my job interesting. On a typical day clinic day, I can see a newborn, teenager, adults, geriatric patient, and obstetric patients that come in for prenatal care and women with gynecological complaints. I am comfortable with managing ICU patients and delivering babies. My job is definitely what you would call full scope family medicine!
As I think about my 4 years at CBU, what I remember most is a strong science curriculum, excellent and caring professors, and camaraderie among the university. It is that strong education that I received at CBU, which is the groundwork of the knowledge that I have acquired today. Two notable professors that really impacted me were Dr. Fitzgerald and Dr. Ogilvie. I am glad that I chose to go to CBU and I know that the experiences and knowledge that I gained there have got me to the place I am at now. I have a little over 1 year of residency left and then hope to join a group practice in Memphis, Tennessee. I look forward to what my future brings!