Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta

Graduation Date: 2015
O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama

Garima Gupta, MD ’15, grew up in New Delhi, India, with a dream of helping others. Dr. Gupta recently completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center. She is now an assistant professor at O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama in the US.

Dr. Gupta pursued medicine because she believes that physicians have the unique opportunity to be compassionate individuals who can also satisfy their intellectual curiosity. She finds each day at work a rewarding experience by helping patients.

Dr. Gupta shared her experience as a medical student at SGU, why she chose to pursue a career in hematology/oncology, and her advice to aspiring physicians.

SGU: You chose to pursue a career in hematology/oncology, what appeals to you about the specialty?  

Dr. Gupta: I developed a passion for hematology/oncology while working as a research fellow on neuroendocrine tumors at the National Institutes of Health. The experience made me realize that hematology/oncology is a rapidly evolving field, and the need and scope of research is not only academically exciting, but essential for our job as physicians, where our goal is to continually improve patient care.

SGU: What are your ultimate career aspirations?  

Dr. Gupta: I envision an academic career as a medical oncologist where I would treat patients with gastrointestinal cancers and neuroendocrine tumors and contribute to research. My career goals are to provide excellent direct patient care while making a significant impact on clinical research and treatment advancements.

“Be prepared for the experience of a lifetime because you will look at your memories on the island with fondness.”


SGU: How do you balance work and your personal life? 

Dr. Gupta: It’s crucial to have a work-life balance no matter the stage of life you are in. The key to doing that is making it a priority and paying attention to maintaining your mental health to prevent burnout. We often educate our patients to maintain an exercise schedule and participate in hobbies that bring them joy but forget to follow this ourselves.

SGU: Were you involved in any clubs while in Grenada?  

Dr. Gupta: I was involved in Indian Cultural Student Association (ICSA) and Women in Medicine. I helped organize different events for these student organizations and even participated in an annual dance.

SGU: What advice would you give to international students who are coming to Grenada for the first time?  

Dr. Gupta: My experience in Grenada was truly special. Grenada is a country very rich in its culture and history. I would tell applicants to be prepared to live on a beautiful island surrounded by beautiful people. I can’t think of many other schools where you can study on a campus with stunning views of the ocean.

As you go through your medical training, figure out which specialty interests you like the most. Outside of studying, I tried to be involved in research and different student organizations. Finally, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime because you will look at your memories on the island with fondness.

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