Introducing Joht Chandan, an Editorial Assistant at MedShr!

Joht is a fifth year medical student at UCL with interests in a variety of fields.

MedShr: What
inspired you to study medicine?

Joht: Initially I never planned to
do Medicine. I always thought I might go into Engineering. However during my
school holidays I volunteered at a hospice in Birmingham and saw some of the
work that doctors do and where their limitations are. I found the work
inspiring as they didn’t just cure individuals they supported families. From that day I always wanted to do Medicine.

MedShr: What area
of medicine are you particularly interested in?

Joht: Public Health. I was fortunate to do an intercalated BSc looking at health in
the wider population and came across some interesting work organisations linked
to the NHS are doing in London to improve health on a community level. It’s an area
of Medicine which can bring about a lot of change, but is often overlooked in the
current Medical School curriculum. 

MedShr: As a
medic and app developer, what areas of healthcare are most exciting to you?

Joht: In terms of innovation, my personal
drive is for creating mobile applications. However, I am most excited by the
future of wearable technologies. With software already available which can
provide on the spot retinal diagnosis, blood film analysis and portable ECGs,
the future is quite literally going to be in our hands. 

MedShr: Do you
have an interesting hobby or hidden talent?

Joht: Alongside Medicine for the
past 4 years I have volunteered as a Police Officer for the Metropolitan
Police. Although being slightly abstract from Medicine and a big time
commitment, volunteering for the Police is probably one of the best decisions I
have ever made. You really have the opportunity to help people first hand and
learn transferable skills to any walk of life…and get to drive the
cars!

MedShr: What is your favourite case on MedShr?

Joht: This is a tough question, as there
is so much good stuff on MedShr, but I am going to have to go for “Lipoma” case.
Although what appears a simple picture and a simple case reminded me of
something much bigger. During Med school I was sitting in on an appointment
where a man was diagnosed with a Lipoma and it changed his life. Although the
Lipoma was highly curable, the stigma associated with the deformity in his
community drove his wife away. It reminded me to think of the wider cultural
issues that as individuals we can overlook yet it is still our responsibility
to help them.

Have a look at Joht’s interesting case: 12 year old – Blood in Urine.

If you would like to connect with Joht please click here.

We look forward to seeing your cases and comments on MedShr!

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