Why I will not be applying to medical school, with Sophiya Garasia

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Show Notes

At some point in time we have all been in a position where we ponder on what our next step is going to be in our career journey. Sophiya Garasia faced a similar inflection point where she was trying to identify her next step after her degree in public health.

In her search through self reflection, she discovered that medical school was not for her.  She shared this introspection via the post “Why I will not be applying for medical school” that she wrote for the PH SPOT blog a few years ago. We wanted to bring her on the podcast to dig more into this reflection she had and the framework she used to make her decision, so that we can use the same framework when we come to a similar point in our journey where we need to decide our next step.


You’ll Learn

  • About Sophiya’s journey and her decision to not go to med school
  • How introspection after each experience is key in helping you build your career
  • Why changing your career plan is okay
  • Advice for those who think they may like medicine (how they should go about this)  
  • Importance of finding a mentor to discuss the different options in your career
  • What to keep an eye out for when looking for experiences (i.e. do meaningful volunteer to understand what you like and dislike)
  • How to get public health volunteer experiences
  • The popularity of public health and how that’s changing

Today’s Guest

Sophiya Garasia

Sophiya is a PhD candidate in the Health Policy program at McMaster University, specializing in Health Economics. Prior to commencing her PhD studies, Sophiya obtained her Master’s of Public Health degree and Honours Bachelor of Science degree and worked professionally in public health at both a national and international level. Sophiya is interested in areas of health equity and data analytics. Her thesis focuses on the health and health care use of immigrants in Canada. Outside of her work, Sophiya enjoys Zumba, experiencing different cultures through travel and food, and spending time with her loved ones. To learn more about her work and experiences, you can find her through Twitter (@sophiyagarasia) or her personal blog. Sophiya also has a new podcast series called The Health Briefs in which she and her team discuss current relevant health issues.


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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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