Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Student Profiles of the Week

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Name: Chintan ShahShah, Chintan    

Class graduation year: 2016

Age: 25

Hometown: Houston, TX

What made you decide that medicine is the career for you?
My love for science coupled with an ability to serve others throughout my life attracted me to a career in medicine. Also, it allows me to be a lifelong learner as I strive to provide the best care possible for my patients.

Where do you see yourself five years after completing your residency program?
Five years from now, I see myself as a neurologist practicing academic medicine among medical students, other specialists, residents and research scientists.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Hike.

What do you do in your downtime?
Ultimate frisbee, tennis, photography, exercise and lots of movies.

Three words that best describe you:
Composed, mature and passionate.

Something about you that not many people know:
I can stay up all night without any caffeine and sleep all day long.

 

Name: Jennifer WestWest, Jennifer

Age: 33

Class graduation year: 2016

Hometown: Lakewood, CO

What made you decide that medicine is the career for you?
I was working as a successful project manager for a medical device company in Dallas when I had a conversation with my husband about our future. You might call it our “quarter-century-life crisis.” He asked me, “if money, time, location, houses, jobs, etc. didn’t matter, and you could do anything in the world, what would you do?” I told him that I had always wanted to attend medical school to become a physician, and he told me to go for it. He said that he would support me no matter what it took; changing jobs, selling our house, moving, no matter the money or sacrifice. I was touched and motivated by his commitment and support, and I began the long but rewarding road to applying to medical school.

Where do you see yourself five years after completing your residency program?
Five years after a residency in emergency medicine, I can see myself down one of two roads. I may either be in some sort of leadership role in a residency program (like an assistant program director), or my family and I will be in a remote rural area and I will be working in a clinically underserved area … maybe Alaska. As I tell my husband, I can live happily anywhere as long as I have my family, Amazon and Netflix!

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Every time I traveled for an interview I would always ask about good Mexican food, and it made me miss and really appreciate the food here in El Paso! I can basically eat Mexican food every day of my life.

What do you do in your downtime?
In my downtime, I love spending time with my husband and four-year-old child. Having a four-year-old makes ANYTHING more fun! We enjoy everything from going to Wet ‘n Wild, Western Playland, the zoo, and local festivals, to even simple stuff like hiking, movies, going to the park, etc. We even work out together as a family. We are also blessed to have a family cabin in Ruidoso, New Mexico and we try to head up to the mountains for summer and winter getaways.

Three words that best describe you:
Passionate, devoted and fun.

Something about you that not many people know:
I am crazy good at carving intricate designs in pumpkins. It’s a weird skill I have and I try to one-up myself every Halloween.