Foster School of Medicine Student to Speak at TEDx El Paso

Abhishek Dharan

Abhishek Dharan

Abhishek Dharan, a member of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s class of 2022, will discuss his ongoing research on blindness and visual impairment among El Pasoans on  Saturday, Oct. 12, at the TEDx El Paso conference in Downtown El Paso.

TEDx events feature short talks, demonstrations and performances designed to foster learning and inspiration, and provoke conversations on a variety of topics. Saturday’s conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of Art.

The title of Dharan’s presentation is: “The vision of our family is a vision for our community.”

In 2018, Dharan received a $10,000 grant from the TEDx El Paso Innovators Program – the first grant offered through the program – to investigate how many El Pasoans are blind or visually impaired and how their conditions can be treated by modern medicine.

“This talk is based on the inspiration for the project the grant is funding, but the project itself is ongoing and slated to be finished next year,” Dharan said.

Dharan’s goal is to raise awareness about preventable blindness and motivate community leaders to invest in ways for El Pasoans to recover their sight.

Dharan chose to study at the Foster School of Medicine because he was intrigued by the binational, multicultural community of El Paso.

“As a nontraditional applicant with experience working in the tech industry, I specifically wanted to go to a community where there was an opportunity for me to use my background to help empower others to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives,” he said. “In the future, I could see our city’s leadership turning El Paso into a national hub for medicine and innovation. I tell (medical school) applicants, if you are a forward-thinking student genuinely interested in helping people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, El Paso offers one of the most unique communities in America to study medicine.”

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