Ogenetega “Jeremiah” Madedor, MD, MSc

From a young age, Jeremiah Madedor, MSc, MD ’20, gained intimate knowledge of the disadvantages that stem from a lack of healthcare access.

His mother, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, pushed him to volunteer at the local Veterans Affairs hospital and homeless shelter, and he also went on mission trips with the family’s church. Then as a medical student at St. George’s University School of Medicine, he got hands-on experience working with the homeless population in New York City, as well as those who struggled to make ends meet.

“Those things really resonate with the soul and need to be addressed,” said Dr. Madedor. “I feel that, as a physician, I can do that.”

Dr. Madedor is currently an infectious disease fellow at MedStar Health – Georgetown University Hospital. He will complete his fellowship in July 2025.

“I hope to be able to learn more about HIV management and help that population the best way I can. I was given guidance by the wonderful infectious disease team during my clinicals at Brooklyn Hospital, and I have never looked back,” Dr. Madedor said.

Learn more about his SGU experience and journey to becoming a doctor.

SGU: Why was SGU the right fit for you?

Dr. Madedor: SGU School of Medicine was the perfect fit due to the diversity of the student body, professors, and new cultural experiences of the island. I was able to improve my studies skills, clinical acumen, and expand my horizons. I felt at home on the island from Day 1 and in my clinical rotations at Brooklyn Hospital.

SGU: What are the most significant problems facing healthcare in underserved communities?

Dr. Madedor: Means and access. Patients usually fall into those two categories. In terms of means, we’re talking about money, resources, insurance, and connections to get to a primary care provider or the medical help you need. For financial reasons, a lot of patients don’t see physicians. An emergency department visit can cost thousands of dollars even without surgery, and with surgery, you can be looking six or seven figures for the cost.

Access is just as bad as means because people may have the money or insurance, but if they don’t have the time to go for care, then nothing will be done. Several patients I see in the clinic skip appointments because they don’t have a babysitter or they work long days, and the list could go on.

SGU: Is there a case or experience that you can point to that brought your career path into focus?

Dr. Madedor: Working with SGU clinical faculty at Brooklyn Hospital taught me not to see a patient as a pit stop but, as a physician, you become their conduit who will guide them to their next destination. So with that in mind, I did my best to learn their cases better and do thorough chart reviews so I could prevent potential oversights. Then in the rooms, I treated them like human beings, because patients are more than stats, and sometimes we forget that with a busy schedule.

SGU: How would you describe your experience at SGU, and how has it prepared you for your career?

Dr. Madedor: SGU was one of the most challenging and exhausting journeys of my life. I wouldn’t change that for the world because it prepared for me the roadblocks ahead.

SGU took a student who was a potential diamond in the mine and refined him. Now I am a resident living out my dreams amongst the elite in my craft. From the days of eight-to-10-hour study dates, student support sessions, and rounding as a medical student, SGU provided the necessary environment for me to grow. With great resources, teaching, and great hospitals to rotate at, my experience couldn’t have been any better.

SGU: What is your favorite memory from your time on campus?

Dr. Madedor: Favorite part of SGU was leaving classes and getting food from all the vendors across the campus and island. The cultural hot spot was all in the foods we ate. From Grenadian oil down, to Indian Chicken Tikka Masala, to Greek Kitchen’s special you never had a dull moment with your plate and stomach. I can still taste the roti’s!

Siradanai “Mind” Kanithasevi, MD

Siradanai Kanithasevi’s, MD ’24, journey into medicine finds its roots in his upbringing and the nurturing environment of his family. Growing up in his community in Thailand, he was privileged to witness firsthand the unwavering dedication and compassion of his father who ran a local clinic. Observing his father’s genuine joy and fulfillment while treating patients left an indelible mark on him.

From a young age, Dr. Siradanai aspired to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives through healthcare—particularly by contributing to his family’s clinic in Thailand. Inspired by his father’s example, he envisioned not only following in his footsteps but also expanding the clinic’s reach to further benefit their community. This aspiration fueled his passion for medicine and set him on a path to serve.

Dr. Siradanai shares his St. George’s University (SGU) experience and advice for aspiring physicians.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your success?

Dr. Siradanai: SGU played a pivotal role in shaping my path to success. The university not only provided me with a comprehensive medical education but also instilled in me a global mindset. Through its diverse learning environment and international opportunities, SGU broadened my perspectives and equipped me with the skills necessary to thrive in a dynamic healthcare landscape.

One of the most invaluable experiences during my time at SGU was the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations in the US. These rotations exposed me to different medical practices, advanced technologies, and diverse patient populations. The knowledge and insights gained from these rotations will undoubtedly contribute to my ability to improve and elevate the services offered at our clinic.

SGU: How did SGU prepare you for the USMLE exams?

Dr. Siradanai: SGU lectures and small group activities helped me with foundational knowledge. SGU also provided me with a UWorld subscription, which helped with preparing for the USMLE exam.

SGU: What was your experience like living in Grenada?

Dr. Siradanai: Living and studying in Grenada provided a unique environment where students from diverse backgrounds came together with a shared goal of pursuing their medical careers. Through this shared journey, I had the privilege of forming deep and lasting connections with fellow students who quickly became like family to me.

My group of friends provided support, encouragement, and camaraderie throughout the ups and downs of medical school. Whether it was late-night study sessions, exploring the beautiful island of Grenada, or simply sharing a meal together these friendships enriched my experience in ways I could never have imagined.

SGU: How did you feel when you learned you would be practicing in Thailand?

Dr. Siradanai: In Thailand, you can work as a general practitioner without pursuing a residency program. The requirement for obtaining a medical license in Thailand is earning an MD degree followed by completing a one-year externship.

The feeling of knowing that I got accepted in a one-year externship program at Somdej Hospital was absolutely exhilarating. It was a moment filled with immense pride and gratitude for the journey that had brought me to this point.

SGU: What drew you to general practice?

Dr. Siradanai: My chosen field of specialty, general practice, holds a special place in my heart as it aligns perfectly with my vision of contributing to my family’s clinic in Thailand. Growing up, I witnessed the profound impact that my father’s clinic had on our community, and I am eager to continue and expand upon this legacy.

I like its versatility and the opportunity it offers to provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. It allows me to develop long-term relationships with patients and address a wide range of health concerns, from preventive care to chronic disease management.

SGU: Why did you choose to return to Thailand to practice medicine as opposed to another country?

Dr. Siradanai: My decision to return to Thailand to practice medicine was deeply rooted in my desire to be with my family and to reconnect with the culture that has always been a part of my identity. Being able to practice medicine in familiar surroundings allows me to draw upon the rich cultural heritage and values that have shaped my upbringing.

SGU: What are your long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine?

Dr. Siradanai: My long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine are centered around a deeply rooted commitment to my community in Klong Luang. I envision creating a healthcare facility that not only provides essential medical services, but also focuses on improving the overall quality of life for the people in my area.

SGU: How do you envision making an impact in your community?

Dr. Siradanai: I hope to make a difference in the future of my family’s clinic. I am passionate about integrating technology and innovative services to enhance patient care and accessibility. I also aim to implement electronic medical records systems and telehealth services to streamline communication, improve efficiency, and expand our reach beyond the confines of our physical location.

I would like to introduce convenient services such as prescription delivery service to ensure that patients have access to their medications in a timely and efficient manner. By embracing technology and modern healthcare solutions, I believe we can elevate the standard of care at our clinic and better meet the evolving needs of our community.

SGU: What advice would you give to medical students from Thailand?

Dr. Siradanai: If I were to offer advice to medical students from Thailand, it would be to carefully consider your future career goals and support systems before deciding to study abroad. While pursuing medical education abroad can offer valuable opportunities for learning and personal growth, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of where you envision practicing medicine in the future. Whether it’s returning to Thailand to serve your community or exploring opportunities abroad, having a clear career path in mind can help guide your decision-making process and ensure that your educational experience aligns with your long-term goals.

Additionally, it’s crucial to consider the support systems available to you, both in your home country and abroad. Medical school can be a challenging and demanding journey, and having a strong support network of friends, family, mentors, and peers can make all the difference.

Yat Ching Fung, MD

Yat Ching Fung, MD ’24, was born and raised in Hong Kong. His professional trajectory has been diverse, spanning roles in the real estate development industry, navigating the vast landscape of private tutoring. He has also contributed to the education sector as a panel head teacher for STEM and Science. Additionally, he has served as a podiatrist (DPM), delving into the intricacies of foot care. These experiences have granted him a profound appreciation for the richness of human interaction across various spheres of life.

However, after volunteering for a time in Sri Lanka and India, Dr. Fung found that his true calling was in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

“My interest in OB/GYN was sparked there as I gained invaluable insights into reproductive health,” Dr. Fung said. “Many of the women lacked access to maternal and reproductive services due to poverty and cultural norms that discouraged them from seeking healthcare. The experience strengthened my resolve to pursue a field where I could provide excellent reproductive healthcare, advocate for the vulnerable, and do my part to reshape societal paradigms that harm women globally.”

For him, pursuing an MD is not merely an academic pursuit but a lifelong commitment to serving humanity with dedication and compassion. Learn more about Dr. Fung’s medical education at SGU and his advice for aspiring physicians.

SGU: What did it feel like to match into residency?

Dr. Fung: The Match week itself is truly a whirlwind. When I read the much-awaited email, saying “Congratulations! You have matched!” I felt a huge relief. I know I am going to be an OB/GYN!

After four more days of anticipation, I finally learned that I matched into my first choice! It was definitely the best day of my life so far. I could not wipe off my smile for days. All these years of endeavors are finally paying off!

Dr. Fung posing in his Match Day shirt and with his match day sign

SGU: What was your experience during the match process? How did SGU’s Office of Career Guidance help you during that time? 

Dr. Fung: The OCG has helped me tremendously by providing seminars on the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) timeline and NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) application, assistance with CV and personal statement editing, preparing for the MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation), statistics on SGU students matching into various specialties with their scores in the past, advice on visas for visa-requiring candidates like me. I cannot be more grateful towards the help from my mentors and the OCG staff, which made the daunting and tedious match process a lot easier.

SGU: What are your long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine?

Dr. Fung: My ultimate goal is to become a compassionate and skillful practitioner who serves patients to the best of my ability and supports women at all life stages. My experiences as a podiatrist have taught me to pay close attention to detail to ensure accurate diagnoses and the impact of compassionate care on patient outcomes. I am eager to contribute to the advancement of the field with my enthusiasm, determination, and strong work ethic.

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

Dr. Fung: Medical school is a marathon. Striking a balance between arduous work and my personal life is a combination of effective time management, self-discipline, and efficient study methods. I set goals for the day or week for where I want to be (catching up with lectures, preparing for small group, exams, etc.) and then prioritized personal time when I felt like I was not in the headspace to focus. I would go out for a walk, hang out with friends, or treat myself a nice dinner or a movie before returning to the materials. I usually spent a Friday night off every week to make sure my brain and soul were refreshed, and I had something to look forward to every week. This kept me extremely motivated and got burnt out far less easily.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your academic success and prepare you for the USMLE exams?

Dr. Fung: SGU has a well-designed curriculum that covers most of the areas covered on USMLE step 1. I am fond of the formative and summative assessments every three to four weeks to make sure I am caught up with the curriculum.

The school provides not only didactic lectures but problem-based learning, small group tutorials, and IMCQs where I learned the materials with my colleagues. All electronic resources are available for student access. These helped me consolidate complex concepts in basic medical science and integrate the materials on clinical application.

Dr. Fung posing with his trifold board of research

SGU: What was it like living in the UK during your first year of medical education?

Dr. Fung: I spent the first year in Newcastle, UK and it was such a fantastic experience. I received a great education from both the in-house faculty and visiting professors from within prestigious schools in the UK.

SGU: What advice would you offer to aspiring medical students from your home country considering a similar path?

Dr. Fung: Going to SGU is a life-changing experience. I have met great friends across the globe. It has so many sites for clinical rotations in multiple US states and in the UK that help you build connections with other doctors.

SGU: Where did you intend to become a doctor? How did the university contribute to your success?

Dr. Fung: I have always dreamed of becoming a doctor in the US since I was a teenager. SGU’s focus on academics and research is second to none. The training in the US prepares me to go anywhere in the world to practice medicine.


Eric Teye Otumi, MD

Eric Teye Otumi, MD ’24, originally from Accra, Ghana, is a graduate of St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine and an internal medicine resident at New York Medical College/St. Mary and St. Clare Program. Dr. Otumi was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at SGU. Initially, his career aspirations leaned towards neuroscience. However, during his biomedical studies, he experienced a significant shift in perspective towards medicine. He was inspired by the potential to integrate research with clinical practice. He eventually hopes to specialize in the field of neurology.

SGU: What are your long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine?

Dr. Otumi: My intention is to practice medicine in Ghana. My long-term aspiration is to become a specialized neurologist with fellowships in stroke, neurocritical care, and neuro-endovascular surgery. This comprehensive training will take approximately nine years to accomplish.

SGU: How do you envision making an impact in healthcare in Ghana?

Dr. Otumi:  Neurology is in high demand in Ghana, and my initial interest in neuroscience continues to drive my career aspirations. Given the prevalence of stroke and seizures in Ghana, I am driven to specialize in these areas to address the critical healthcare needs of my home country. With only eight neurologists currently practicing in Ghana, I am determined to return home after certification to make a meaningful impact in this field.

SGU: How did the university contribute to your success?

Dr. Otumi: SGU equipped me with top-tier training and clinical exposure. This comprehensive preparation ensures that I can contribute effectively to healthcare in my home country, addressing critical needs and making a positive impact.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your academic success and prepare you for the USMLE exams?

Dr. Otumi: SGU played a vital role in my academic success and preparation for the USMLE exams. The structured curriculum emphasized repetition to reinforce key concepts, with dedicated support from the Department of Educational Studies. This support, along with mentoring, ensured my readiness for the USMLE exams.

SGU: What was the highlight of your experience living in Grenada during your medical education?

Dr. Otumi: Living in Grenada was a remarkable experience. Coming from a tropical continent, I found the diversity and beauty of Grenada to be enriching. It provided me with valuable exposure to different cultures and backgrounds, which I believe will be instrumental in my future interactions as a physician.

SGU: Balancing work and personal life can be challenging in the medical field. What is your advice to students to maintain a healthy mental well-being?

Dr. Otumi: My advice to students is to build a strong support network of peers, family, and friends. Surrounding yourself with people who understand and encourage you is crucial for maintaining mental well-being throughout this demanding journey.

SGU: What advice would you offer to aspiring medical students from Ghana considering a similar path?

Dr. Otumi: For aspiring medical students from Ghana considering a similar path, I highly recommend St. George’s University as a starting point. SGU’s rigorous training prepared me exceptionally well for clinical rotations in the US. Despite initial challenges, the training and experiences gained are invaluable for future success.

Jacobus Schutte, MD

The background and upbringing of St. George’s University alum Jacobus Schutte, MD ’23, have been deeply rooted in South Africa where he grew up surrounded by the vibrant culture and landscapes of the country. He was particularly drawn to sports, especially rugby and golf, and at various points, he held aspirations of becoming a professional in those fields.

Dr. Schutte in the outdoors with an elephant behind him

However, a pivotal event during a holiday trip in South Africa when he was 12 years old altered the course of his goals. Witnessing a tragic accident during that trip profoundly impacted him. It wasn’t just the event itself, but also the response of his father, who is a doctor, that left an indelible mark on his young mind. His father’s ability to remain calm, his unwavering knowledge, and his capacity to make critical decisions in the face of crisis were awe-inspiring, according to Dr. Schutte, who recently graduated from SGU.

In the aftermath of that event, Dr. Schutte’s focus shifted entirely towards medicine. The desire to be able to help people in their most vulnerable moments, like his father did, became his driving force. It was a shift from a dream of sports glory to a more profound calling to serve humanity through the field of medicine. That experience shaped his aspirations and ultimately led him on the path to pursuing a career in medicine.

This summer, Dr. Schutte will begin a surgery residency at WellSpan Health/York Hospital Program. He shared his SGU experience and advice for aspiring physicians.

SGU: Describe what it felt like when you matched for residency.

Dr. Schutte: Matching for residency was an exhilarating and humbling experience, the culmination of years of hard work. Knowing I’d have the chance to train in surgery was fulfilling. Sharing the moment with my fiancé, whom I met in medical school and also matched at the same hospital, added immense joy and significance to the occasion. It was a realization of achieving personal goals and embracing the journey ahead together.

SGU: What drew you to your chosen field of specialty? How do you envision making an impact in this area?

Dr.  Schutte: My fascination with the intricacies of the human body and the art of healing drew me towards a lifelong aspiration to become a surgeon. From a young age, I would accompany my father’s colleagues, who are orthopedic and general surgeons, to the operating room, where I witnessed firsthand their dedication, skill, and compassion. These experiences solidified my desire to pursue a career in surgery. Witnessing the remarkable surgeons in action further fueled my passion for the field.

I envision making an impact by providing expert surgical care to patients, ensuring their well-being and recovery. Moreover, I am committed to contributing to advancements in surgical techniques and patient outcomes, striving to push the boundaries of what is possible in the field of surgery.

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

Dr. Schutte: Balancing work and personal life in the medical field is undoubtedly challenging. My advice to students is to prioritize self-care, set boundaries, and seek support when needed. Cultivating hobbies, maintaining relationships outside of work, and practicing mindfulness are essential for maintaining a healthy mental well-being.

SGU: What are your ultimate career aspirations within the field of medicine?

Dr. Schutte: My long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine include becoming a leader in my specialty, conducting research to advance surgical knowledge, and advocating for improved healthcare access and quality for underserved populations. Additionally, my experiences volunteering in South Africa’s rural areas have inspired me to one day establish a non-governmental organization (NGO) aimed at providing essential surgeries to underserved communities. Through this initiative, I hope to address the healthcare disparities and ensure that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, has access to the surgical care they need.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your academic success and prepare you for the USMLE exams?

Dr. Schutte: Self-directed study and personal motivation were pivotal in mastering the material and achieving success in the exams. While SGU provided substantial support –including a rigorous curriculum, dedicated faculty, and robust support services such as study materials, review courses, and practice exams—yet the ultimate responsibility for academic success lies with the individual. It’s crucial to recognize that self-discipline and personal drive are essential components of mastering the material and excelling in the USMLE exams.

SGU: What was the highlight of your experience living in Grenada during your medical education?

Dr. Schutte: Living in Grenada was an enriching experience filled with memorable moments. Among my favorites were the catamaran trips after exams, the relaxing beach hangouts with friends, and the thrilling scuba diving adventures. These activities provided much-needed relaxation and created unforgettable memories against the backdrop of Grenada’s stunning Caribbean surroundings. Additionally, I cherished the opportunity during my medical education to immerse myself in a vibrant multicultural community. Interacting with students from diverse backgrounds, exploring the island’s natural beauty, and participating in community outreach initiatives all contributed to enriching my educational experience and broadening my perspective.

Dr. Schutte at Northumbria University

SGU: What advice would you offer to aspiring medical students considering a similar path?

Dr. Schutte: SGU offered me a clear path to achieving my dream of becoming a doctor. Stay resilient, seize opportunities for growth, and remain focused on the impact you can make as a future healthcare professional.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your success?

Dr. Schutte: SGU has been instrumental in enabling my wife and I to practice medicine in various countries such as Grenada, the US, UK, and South Africa. While relocating presents challenges, we’re grateful that SGU’s accreditation is recognized in multiple countries, which allows us to pursue opportunities in a bunch of different countries. Only time will tell where we end up, but for now, we’re focused on starting residency and will factor in our future work aspirations when the time comes.

Hannah Nguyen, MD

Since graduating from SGU, California native Hannah Nguyen, MD ’21, currently a psychiatry resident at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, has engaged in many new and exciting opportunities as a result of her medical training.

One of her biggest accomplishments thus far has been the research that she published with her co-authors in the medical journal, Journal of Osteopathic Family Physicians of California (JOFPCA). The article titled “Effects of Cannabis Use During Pregnancy,” was guided by wanting to inform the public on the risks of marijuana use during pregnancy.

“We chose to publish on marijuana use during pregnancy because it is a widely used substance and predicted to be even more commonly used in the future. There is misconception about marijuana use and we wanted to get data on what the risks are for using marijuana during pregnancy,” Dr. Nguyen said.

Dr. Nguyen and her colleagues observed an association with increased hearing difficulties in newborns of mothers who used marijuana during pregnancy among other findings.

In October 2023, Dr. Nguyen and her colleagues presented the research at the annual American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Conference in New York City.

Hannah Nguyen standing with her research poster

Dr. Nguyen acknowledges the value of research in medicine, especially in pursuit of providing the highest quality care possible.

“Medicine is constantly changing and updating based on new knowledge. Doctors are forever learning based on the newest and most accurate evidence, which comes from research, to determine the best way to care for our patients,” Dr. Nguyen said. “Contributing to the community through research can be an incredibly rewarding experience.”

This summer, Dr. Nguyen will be starting fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Southern California (USC).

We spoke with Dr. Nguyen about why she chose to specialize in child psychiatry, her experience at SGU, and her advice to students applying to medical school.

SGU: Why did you choose psychiatry? How did you come to that decision?

Dr. Nguyen: While I was doing rotations as a third-year medical student, I was exposed to the real-life practice of different medicine specialties, and this is where I found my passion in psychiatry. I enjoy the very humanistic elements required in interviews and rapport-building with patients. Psychiatrists can have a huge impact on improving the quality of life of our patients. I’ve seen the impact of starting with a patient who is completely debilitated due to mental illness to reaching their goals and dreams after the right treatment regimen. On another note, I also think the brain is fascinating; the fact that a 3 lb. organ between our ears has come up with all of society as we know it is incredible.

SGU: Why child and adolescent psychiatry?

Dr. Nguyen: Child and adolescent psychiatry is an amazing field because we can intervene early on in life and completely change a child’s life trajectory. I am excited to learn more in my fellowship at USC to sharpen my skills and become an even better doctor. Working with kids is incredibly rewarding; being able to laugh, play, and see them get better.

SGU: What is your favorite part of your job?

Dr. Nguyen: My favorite thing to hear my patients say to me is, ‘I’m doing a lot better.’ I love being able to accurately diagnose, determine the best course of action, and find the treatment plan that makes people feel better.

SGU: How did SGU help prepare you for your career and specialty?

Dr. Nguyen: The school allowed me to learn the basic sciences and then advance to learning in practice in a clinical setting. I had the opportunity to find my specific passions in medicine, work towards my goal, and eventually match into my number one choice for residency.

St. George’s University: Why did you choose SGU?

Dr. Nguyen: SGU gave me a path to achieve my childhood dream of becoming a doctor. When I was considering options, such as taking more gap years, master’s programs, certificate programs, more research years, or working in the clinical setting, SGU gave me the clearest path to obtaining my MD degree, and I have not looked back since.

SGU: What was your experience at SGU like?

Dr. Nguyen: I enjoyed Grenada to the fullest during my time there. One of my proudest moments was when I caught a barracuda while fishing off the coast of the school. Another proud moment for me was creating the swimming club at SGU where we ran regular swim practices in the Caribbean Sea. The club is still successful today and is a great way to get some sunshine and ocean therapy for current SGU students.

SGU: What advice would you offer to students who are considering SGU?

Dr. Nguyen: The path to becoming a doctor can be daunting and difficult. I think the most important things to remember are to follow your passions, commitment, hard work, and maintain your balance and well-being. If I could do it, you could do it too!

Hrant Gevorgian, MD, MPH

Hrant Gevorgian, MD ’21, MPH, is no stranger to hard work. As chief resident in the emergency room at Rutgers Health – Community Medical Center, Dr. Gevorgian loves working in the ER’s fast-paced environment and being exposed to a multitude of pathologies.

But there are many reasons why he loves being a doctor.

“My favorite aspect of being a doctor is the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of my patients. Whether it’s providing essential medication or stabilizing a critically ill individual, knowing that I’ve positively impacted someone’s life is incredibly rewarding,” he said.

Dr. Gevorgian acknowledges that his training at St. George’s University School of Medicine prepared him well for the doctor he is today.

This summer the California native will return home to continue his medical training as an addiction medicine fellow at Loma Linda University Medical Center. While completing his fellowship, Dr. Gevorgian also plans to work as an overnight emergency medicine physician at two community emergency rooms in San Bernardino, CA.

Dr. Gevorgian shared what he has been up to since graduating med school and his advice for aspiring physicians considering SGU.

SGU: What appeals to you about emergency medicine and addiction medicine?

Dr. Gevorgian: My journey towards these fields began early on thanks to formative experiences such as shadowing at LA General and engaging in harm reduction efforts during my undergraduate years. Witnessing firsthand the challenges faced by individuals struggling with substance abuse, including barriers to treatment and pervasive stigma, led me to practice emergency and addiction medicine.

Additionally, in the fast-paced environment of the ER, I find fulfillment in the variety of pathology, procedural work, and the opportunity to provide critical care. Moreover, I recognized the ER as a pivotal setting for addressing addiction issues, as many patients with substance abuse disorders seek treatment there. My aim is to combat stigma, implement harm reduction strategies, and establish treatment protocols within emergency settings to better serve individuals battling substance abuse.

SGU: How did SGU prepare you for your career and specialty?

Dr. Gevorgian: SGU well prepared me for my specialty and career, both academically and clinically. The integrated basic sciences curriculum provided a solid foundation for my medical knowledge and helped prepare me for my board exams. Early on, SGU provided me with hands-on exposure during my (Basic Sciences) selectives and while working in the Grenada General Hospital. Additionally, by being involved in multiple student clubs and organizations, I had the opportunity to participate in health clinics where I could interact with the community.

My clinical rotations also helped me excel as a resident by exposing me to a variety of rigorous rotations and procedures. Most importantly, the SGU alumni network and social capital I gained have been invaluable throughout my medical journey by connecting me with the right mentors and guiding me in the right direction.

SGU: Do you have a recent professional accomplishment that you are especially proud of?

Dr. Gevorgian: During residency, I was fortunate enough to be part of an awesome team that created a program to initiate Buprenorphine treatment in the emergency department for individuals experiencing opioid use disorder. My mentor, program director, and best friend, Dr. Nicole J. Maguire, is the current principal investigator who spearheaded this project. What started as a small pilot study eventually became a huge success. We won multiple local and national awards, decreased overdoses in the community, and educated the community on harm reduction. Most importantly, we have patients who now actively come to our ED to begin Buprenorphine treatment due to its positive impact on the community.

SGU: Have you received any notable awards, recognition, or honors in your field since graduating that you would like to share? 

Dr. Gevorgian: Since graduation, I have received multiple awards and nominations that wouldn’t be possible without SGU and my residency program, Rutger’s Health – Community Medical Center. As an intern, I was nominated Resident of the Year by the American College of Physicians. In my final year of residency, I was elected the inaugural chief resident of my program. Most recently, I was chosen to be part of the REACH scholar program, Recognizing and Eliminating Disparities in Addiction through Culturally Informed Healthcare, where I was granted $104,000 to develop an overdose training program to teach adolescents in low socioeconomic demographics how to respond to overdoses.

SGU: What are your ultimate career plans?

Dr. Gevorgian: My ultimate career plans involve working in community-based emergency rooms in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. In the realm of addiction medicine, I intend to develop and implement substance abuse treatment protocols within emergency departments, advocating for comprehensive care and harm reduction strategies. By returning home to California, I hope to contribute to the well-being of my community and continue fostering positive change.

SGU: Why did you choose SGU?

Dr. Gevorgian: I chose to apply to SGU for many reasons. In addition to the sciences, I had an interest in public health, specifically global health, during my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I wanted to attend a medical school that would not only prepare me to succeed academically, but also clinically, and to become a culturally competent physician.

SGU is extremely diverse and offers medical students training so that they can practice medicine in different countries and settings that focus on public and global health, if they choose to. Specifically, SGU offered me a variety of training sites, which appealed to me. I sought the opportunity to train at various hospitals during my third- and fourth-year rotations, with many sites available in my hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

Another reason I chose to study in Grenada is because I heard nothing but good things about the beautiful island itself. Looking back, I am grateful I attended SGU and wouldn’t want to study medicine anywhere else.

SGU: What advice would you offer to students who are considering SGU?

Dr. Gevorgian: The best advice I can offer anyone coming to SGU is simple: work hard but have (a lot of) fun along the way. Medicine is a lifelong commitment that requires an enormous amount of discipline, but it’s important to take care of yourself and ensure you’re happy and enjoying yourself throughout the process.

Garima Gupta

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.

Ifeatu Egwuatu, MD

Ifeatu Egwuatu, MD ’23, from the Anambra state of Nigeria, was determined to become a doctor following a tragic incident of his beloved cousin who passed away at a young age. He chose to pursue medicine because he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.

Dr. Egwuatu completed his first year of basic sciences in the UK through a partnership between St. George’s University School of Medicine and Northumbria University. He then traveled briefly to Grenada for his second year, and eventually to New York to complete his clinical rotations there.

His experience at SGU led him to successfully match into an internal medicine residency at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ—his first choice for residency.

Dr. Egwuatu shared more details about his medical school experience and why he thinks international medical students should consider SGU.

SGU: Describe what it felt like when you matched for residency? 

Dr. Egwuatu: While it’s a feeling I still think about a lot, I would struggle to recreate it even if I tried. My journey from starting my bachelor’s degree in the UK to studying medicine at SGU to finally matching lasted close to a decade and unsurprisingly came with challenges along the way. To match felt like going against the odds and getting rewarded for staying focused on my end goal.

SGU: What was your experience during the match process? How did SGU’s Office of Career Guidance (OCG) help you during that time? 

Dr. Egwuatu: Overall, I enjoyed the interview process as it provided the perfect opportunity to see whether I would fit into a particular program.  The OCG team had virtual seminars to give us helpful pointers and keep us aware of certain deadlines during the match process. My clinical advisor (who was also part of the OCG team), advised me on approaches to take while I was waiting for my first interview.

SGU: Why did you pursue internal medicine?  

Dr. Egwuatu: I chose internal medicine because the maintenance of good health through preventive medical care, the diagnostic and therapeutic processes of identifying and treating ill health, and the vast opportunities to advance medical care through research—all combining seamlessly to improve patient health—greatly appealed to me.

Additionally, my experiences during my core rotations at high patient volume hospitals strengthened my patient interaction skills, exposed me to the art of making diagnoses that do not present in a textbook manner, and gave me firsthand exposure into the tangible improvements in patient health resulting from medical interventions. These experiences essentially reaffirmed the veracity of my desire to pursue a career in internal medicine.

Ifeatu Egwuatu, MD '23, Nigeria

SGU “was an excellent decision as they provided me the opportunity to study medicine, form lifelong relationships and connections with people from various countries worldwide, and ultimately match into my first-choice program in internal medicine.” — Ifeatu Egwuatu, MD ’23

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

Dr. Egwuatu: Having been on the board of the SGU’s Student Government Association, I had the opportunity to hone the skill of time management by combining my responsibilities with the SGA with that of medical school in such a manner that I was able to maintain a high standard in both areas effectively.

SGU: What are your ultimate career aspirations?  

Dr. Egwuatu: I want to pursue a career in gastroenterology. Nevertheless, my experiences during residency could still lead me to consider other subspecialties like cardiology or pulmonology/critical care, so I will keep all options open at this stage.

SGU: How did SGU help you with your academic achievements and USMLE preparation?  

Dr. Egwuatu: SGU gave me a solid foundation during my basic sciences and USMLE Step 1 exam preparation, because the style of learning and assessments during my bachelor’s was very different to the learning style in medical school, which was naturally fast paced. As I progressed further, my clinical academic advisor supported me during my clinical years by giving me pointers on how to approach the shelf exams, Step 2 CK, and the match process.

SGU: Why did you choose the UK for your basic sciences? 

Dr. Egwuatu: I did my bachelor’s in the UK at the University of Surrey, so the opportunity to continue my basic sciences through the partnership program in the UK made a lot of sense, as I had made many friends during my bachelor’s degree studies.

SGU: What were basic sciences like in the UK? Where did you do your clinical rotations?  

Dr. Egwuatu: Doing my basic sciences in the UK played a part in helping me get comfortable with the culture of being a medical student, as the smaller class sizes provided a solid foundation for a close-knit working relationship between the faculty and students. For my clinical rotations, I spent both years in New York, as I wanted a new experience having previously spent most of my time in the UK.

SGU: What was your favorite part about living in Grenada? 

Dr. Egwuatu: Although I was on the island very briefly due to the COVID pandemic during my second year, I was thrilled to enjoy the modern facilities and study spaces on the school campus, amazing local food, as well as the beaches and numerous tourist attractions that Grenada offers.

SGU: Why should students in Africa consider going to SGU for medical school?   

Dr. Egwuatu: The pathway to getting into medical school in either the UK or the US can be challenging, and despite doing well on both the MCAT and UKKAT (now UCAT), I was unable to secure admission into any UK/US-based medical school.This is where the SGU came in, and in hindsight, it was an excellent decision as they provided me the opportunity to study medicine, form lifelong relationships and connections with people from various countries worldwide, and ultimately match into my first-choice program in internal medicine.

Aadhyaa Shenoy, MD

Aadhyaa Shenoy, MD ’23, originally from Mumbai, is an internal medicine resident at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Pennsylvania. Her journey to a career in medicine started as a patient care coordinator prior to entering medical school, which influenced her decision to pursue an internal medicine specialty.

As a recent graduate of St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine, Dr. Shenoy shared how her medical education and experiences at the university led to her position today. She also offered advice to prospective and current medical students.

SGU: What was your motivation for pursuing a career in medicine?

Dr. Shenoy: When I worked as a patient care coordinator prior to medical school, I realized there is more to hospitals than just hospitals, doctors, and nurses. I faced social determinants of health in the patient population, such as food insecurity, lack of education, lower socioeconomic status, and lack of patient education. I realized these social determinants had long-term effects on patients’ well-being. I want to be a doctor who is mindful of these factors.

SGU: How did you feel about Grenada as a study destination for the basic sciences?

Dr. Shenoy: Grenada was such a warm and welcoming country to begin my medical school journey. The study halls overlooking the water are the perfect setting for a medical student. I always felt safe on campus and one of my favorite parts were the food stalls where I could grab a quick bite to eat in between classes, small groups, and the gym.

SGU: How did SGU help with your academic achievements and USMLE preparation?

Dr. Shenoy: SGU provided to me test preparation programs for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, and constantly offered support via tutoring or one-on-one meetings with our basic sciences or clinical advisor if needed.

SGU: How did SGU’s Office of Career Guidance (OCG) help you with the match process?

Dr. Shenoy: I received guidance from day one of match preparation. OCG offered tips for applying to residencies and I applied their guidance to construct my CV and personal statement. OCG also enhanced my understanding of the immigration requirements for non-US students. Overall, my experience was fruitful and informative.

SGU: How did it feel to match and learn all your hard work was worth it?

Dr. Shenoy: I was in New York with my father when I heard the news that I matched. It was surreal and I burst into tears of joy. I was finally living in the moment that I had been working towards for the past 10 years of my life. As an international medical student from outside the US, I was told multiple times how the odds weren’t in my favor, so beating those odds and finally tasting the fruit of my hard work was a feeling I can’t put into words.

“SGU gave me an organized gateway into the US to pursue residency.”


SGU: What are your ultimate career aspirations?

Dr. Shenoy: In a few years I see myself becoming a specialist and pursuing a fellowship. I want to be actively responsible for change in global health. My ideal career would include traveling to underserved countries to provide healthcare wherever necessary.

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

Dr. Shenoy: Ask for help if you need it. Show curiosity in everything you do. Call your loved ones in your home country, they supply a sense of connection and reality among the chaos that is medical school. Enjoy your time on the island because you may never live in the Caribbean again. Visit the cocoa plantations, take a boat trip to Carriacou, and be sure to enjoy a day on Grand Anse Beach!

SGU: Why should students from India consider SGU for medical school?

Dr. Shenoy: SGU gave me an organized gateway into the US to pursue residency. While I was studying for medical school exams, SGU emphasized USMLE preparation and provided me with two years of US clinical experience, which is important to secure a residency position. Also, the SGU alumni network is a strong one, and I plan to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, which I also recommend to any prospective students.