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Meeting this challenge demands the most exceptional and talented students to train to become our next generation of outstanding physicians and world-class researchers. lt also requires that our physician workforce be as diverse as the population it serves, culturally and socioeconomically. We seek students who are committed to academic excellence and Augusta University's core values of collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and leadership.

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Inspiring Students 


Thomas Hodo


Hometown: Decatur, GA
Campus: Augusta
Year: M3

…find out your weakness and work on that weakness twice as hard so it will not be your limiting factor.

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*Fast Facts: *

  • Graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology
  • Played collegiate baseball
  • Holds a terminal Master’s degree in Biomedical Research from Meharry Medical College
  • Hobbies: Watching baseball / football, working out, playing intramural softball and traveling

*What was the application process like?*

I took a year off of school to apply to medical school and at first I was unsuccessful due to non-competitive MCAT scores. After reevaluating my career goals and deciding to pursue research, I was accepted into the biomedical research PhD program at Meharry Medical College. While at Meharry, I conducted research in Cancer Immunology and help developed a new directive for our lab involving Neuroimmunology. However, my yearning for clinical medicine did not subside so I retook the MCAT, reapplied, and was accepted to the Medical College of Georgia.

*What would people be surprised to know about you?*

I will be the first person in my extended family to become a physician, or to receive a professional degree, which is a constant reminder to me to keep pushing toward my goal.

*What is a typical day like?*

A typical day for me includes an early start at the hospital or clinic, which can be 6-8am depending on the clinical rotation. Most of the day in clinics consist of seeing patients, writing EMR notes, and assisting with any procedure being performed with the attending physician. In the inpatient setting I begin with handover from the previous shift, round on patients personally and with physician team, and tend to any admissions for the day. During any downtime I do practice questions for Shelf exams. My day usually ends between 5-7pm. The rest of my day usually consists of studying, working out, and a little TV time.

*What is your greatest accomplishment?*

I consider my greatest accomplishment to date to be getting into medical school. There was a point where I thought was not smart enough to go to medical school and was even discouraged from applying because my MCAT score was nowhere near competitive enough. This failure made me consider a career change, so I went to graduate school for biomedical research. However, after encouragement from others to try again and the dedication of many study hours, I was able to achieve a competitive score. 

*Why did you choose MCG? *

I chose MCG because they made me feel like I would be at home if I came here from the very beginning. My interview was the most pleasant interview I had on my interview trail.

*What are your plans after Medical School? *

I hope to attend a top Orthopedic Surgery residency program at an academic institution. After five years of residency I plan to complete a fellowship in Orthopedic Oncology. Once my training is complete, I would like to be an attending physician at an academic institution that has a large focus on cancer treatment and research. Working at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX would be my version of a dream come true.

*What advice do you have for future students?*

My advice would be to find your strengths and exploit them for your benefit, but more importantly find out your weakness and work on that weakness twice as hard so it will not be your limiting factor. Also, I would advocate that persistence is vital in the path to medicine. Not all are fortunate enough to have a great GPA, stellar MCAT scores, and first time acceptance into medical school. You can come up short sometimes and feel inadequate but great things come to those who wait for their time.

 

Niti Khambhati


Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Campus: Augusta
Year: M2

Our professors are not only our educators and mentors, but also our colleagues and friends...

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*Fast Facts: *

  • Born in India and moved to the U.S. at age 7
  • Graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry
  • Minored in Spanish
  • Hobbies: dancing, painting, traveling and spending time with family and friends

*Who are your role models? *

I genuinely believe that my best role models are my parents. As immigrants to this country, they worked endlessly to provide me the opportunities that I have been given to this day including attending medical school. It’s their work ethic and caring nature that inspires me to strive to do my best and give back to society.

*Why did you choose to attend MCG?*

I choose MCG because of its history of being a community-oriented institution. Students contribute to the society by volunteering at clinics, mentorship programs, fundraisers, and much more. In return, the members of the community actively play a role in the progress of the medical education whether as patients who are eager to teach, or as physician mentors who provide a strong support network.

*What is a typical day like?*

A typical day for me in medical school consists of attending lectures from 8-12pm, eating lunch with my peers, reviewing the same day’s content independently or in a group, attending a problem-based learning session, physical diagnosis, or a volunteering activity, and ending the day by intermittently studying and relaxing.

*What is your greatest accomplishment?*

Successfully completing a two-day trek of Colca Canyon in Peru would be one of my greatest accomplishments. My fear of heights and lack of exercising habits would have never made me the kind to hike one of the deepest canyons in the world. On the first day, we hiked down 1,400 meters to the village of Sangalle. This part of the trek lasted approximately 7 hours and frequently consisted of climbing down rocky, narrow paths along the edge of the mountains. However, day two was the hardest as it required getting up at 4:30 am and hiking up much steeper slopes with sore legs from the previous day’s efforts. Nevertheless, it was a journey that resulted in seeing one of the most beautiful sunrises, becoming friends with the local tour guide, greatly improving my Spanish-speaking abilities, and hiking one of the deepest canyons in the world.

*What would people be surprised to know?*

Something that people may be surprised to know about me is that I love to dance and paint in spite of being an amateur at both. As a child, I learned a form of classical Indian dance for a few years and have enjoyed dancing since. Every now and then, I also like to relax by painting and being completely absorbed by one task.

*What has been your favorite experience at MCG?*

My favorite experience through MCG has been conducting summer research in Cusco, Peru. Our very own Dr. Ferris is the founder of CerviCusco, a Peruvian registered non-profit organization that seeks to improve access and quality of cervical cancer screening in the rural Andes Mountain region. As a student, I contributed to a research project that seeks to identify hindrances to compliance to follow-up care among women who have received a Pap test. Since the rate of cervical cancer is high in Peru, it is important to not only improve screening, but also ensure that patients are aware of abnormal results and seek proper treatment to prevent further health issues. Additionally, through this opportunity, I gained clinical experience, greatly improved my ability to speak Spanish, and explored the wonderful country of Peru.

*What has surprised you the most about MCG?*

I was most surprised by the genuine relationships that MCG students and faculty have built with each other. Our professors are not only our educators and mentors, but also our colleagues and friends. The support system here is one of MCG’s greatest strengths.

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