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Alumni Spotlight: Tejas Shah '16

Dr. Tejas Shah grew up fascinated by the sciences, but did not know he wanted to be a physician until he was an undergraduate student.

At Rutgers University, he was exposed to the complexity of issues that physicians face in dealing with the application of scientific principles, the intricacy in addressing these affairs piqued his interest. Coupled with the recognition that the profound role of a physician has in the lives of their patients, Dr. Shah quickly understood what a privilege it was to use your hands and accumulated knowledge to heal others.

Dr. Shah was his high school valedictorian and entered Rutgers University with 35 AP credits, allowing him to graduate with a B.A. in Chemistry and Business Law in less than 2 years. He was inspired by his uncle, Prashanth Mally, a Ross University School of Medicine 2003 graduate. Impressed with Ross University School of Medicine's match success rate, available accelerated curriculum, and mission to address the US physicians shortage, Dr. Shah applied and was accepted to Ross University School of Medicine. He started his classes in May 2012, flying to Dominica the day after he graduated from Rutgers University, and entered into an accelerated academic track. Reminiscing about his days as a Rossie, Dr. Shah recalls hosting health clinics for the local community in Dominica. Those very small gestures of philanthropy deeply resonated with him and has helped him become a more compassionate physician.

Continually inspired by his Uncle, Dr. Mally, a practicing Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Medicine physician, Dr. Shah matched at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Anesthesiology. Once he completes his residency, Dr. Shah hopes to find a balance between academia, administration and providing high quality patient care in a clinical setting. Ultimately, he'd like to influence the way medicine is practiced and improve the deficiencies in US medical systems while maintaining the singular focus of providing excellent patient outcomes.