First-year medical school students reflect on studies during pandemic

Med School Journey

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona’s future medical doctors are back in class in the middle of a pandemic at the University of Arizona. While the learning might look a little different, these students’ passions haven’t changed.

“Honestly, I’ve been set on medicine — it sounds cliché — but since birth,” said Mihir Shah, a first-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

It’s not the start to medical school Shah probably dreamed of as a kid, but a reality in the time of COVID-19.

“In short, it’s different,” he said.

First-year medical students were able to get some of their instruction in-person, most classes have been moved online. Eli Thompson, another first-year student, said it makes for an added challenge to tough school work, but another teaching moment.

“I think we’re becoming a very adaptive community, and I think that’s good for future physicians to be able to adapt,” Thompson said.

While the world adapts and changes during the COVID-19 outbreak, one thing has not: The passion these two students, have as they start their medical journey.

“For me, my passion for becoming a physician I think is very foundational,” Thompson said. “I lost my mom at a very young age, and that was my first time in a hospital setting.”

Thompson, turning a tough moment, into a career for others late on in life. Now entering med school in a challenging time for the world, he is still set on his goals to help others, so is Shah.

“It’s kind of solidified my passion, and why I want to go into medicine,” Shah said.

If all goes well, they should graduate in 2024.

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