CPM Pre-med of the Month

Being a "pre-medical" student is full of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.  The members and leadership of the WSU Campuswide Pre-medical Mentoring (CPM) Program would like to celebrate your achievements for keeping your determination in working toward your ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.  We believe it is important to recognize the drive and stories of our future physicians.  If you know a CPM pre-med student that should be nominated for "CPM Pre-med of the Month," please consider filling out the form below.

If chosen, students will be featured on the CPM website, Facebook, and Twitter platforms, as well as giving them an additional achievement to add to their CV.

Please feel free to nominate yourself, as long as it done only once.

CPM Pre-med of the Month Nomination Form


Meet the CPM Pre-Med of the Month

January 2019: Sonal Joshi


Congratulations to the January CPM Pre-Med of the Month, meet Sonal Joshi!

As a non-traditional pre-medical student, Sonal has always been interested in becoming a physician. Her initial exposure to medicine was at 11 years old when her father suffered from a fatal stroke. While the medical field was appealing, Sonal followed in her father's footsteps and pursued a degree in engineering. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University and continued her education by earning a Master of Science degree and Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. Sonal combined her passion for engineering and medicine by pursuing a Medical Physics residency in Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. Through this experience, she had the opportunity to interact with patients, nurses, and physicians, which ultimately solidified her passion for a career in medicine.

As a current post-baccalaureate student, Sonal has pursued various opportunities on and off campus that demonstrate her aptitude for a career as a physician. In addition to promoting dental health and hygiene as a board member of the Children's Oral Health Advocacy Program, Sonal is president of SKY@Wayne. The organization aims to promote wellness and mental health through techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and powerful breathing. Sonal values one-on-one patient interactions, as evident through her volunteer positions with the Cass Clinic and Henry Ford Hospital's transplant and emergency departments. While she is unsure about the specialty she is interested in pursuing, Sonal's appreciation for preventative care and interventional surgeries have led her to consider a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. To learn more about Sonal, read her responses to the questions below!

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

If there were more hours in a day, I would spend that time cooking. Growing up, I took for granted the healthy, vegetarian Indian food my mom cooked for us daily. Though I have always superficially understood the importance of healthy eating, the pre-med courses at WSU have helped me gain a deeper appreciation of the biological basis of food. To quote the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Similarly, ancient ayurvedic medicine highlights the importance of particular foods and food combinations. This makes me believe that there is more to food than consumption of macromolecules, and perhaps a way to heal patients.

Is there a job, other than becoming a physician, that you think you would be really good at?         

If not for a physician, I believe I would be a great event coordinator. Surprisingly, the role of an event coordinator is not too far off from that of physicians'. Both love working with people and possess qualities such as creativity, organization, and attention to detail. Both ensure that the event (procedure) goes smoothly, by encouraging communication between all parties (medical professionals), anticipating issues (complications) that may arise, and making quick decisions when they do. And finally, both understand the importance of presentation, as well as guests' (patients') perception.

What do you wish you knew more about?

There is much to learn from our ancestors. I wish to know more about the history of humanity, how humans migrated from continent to continent, how culture, language, and foods evolved, as well as ancient technology and medicine that may be useful in modern day. There is a wealth of knowledge that lies in our history, and if tapped, may provide us with answers to modern day questions.

Do you have any special talents or hobbies?

Growing up, I was surrounded by Indian classical music and dance, which I performed at school, community, and cultural events. As an adult, I continue to perform on special occasions. An interesting aspect of Indian music is the concept of raga. Raga is a combinations of notes used to develop compositions, which express or induce a particular feeling, mood, or emotion. More recently, I have discovered that particular ragas are used in music therapy throughout the world. Whether an allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) physician, I believe it is important to be aware of alternative methods that are being developed and to recommend them to patients when appropriate.

Where is the most interesting place you have ever been?

I have been fortunate to have traveled to various parts of the world, but one of the most interesting places that I have visited in recent years is Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Each day of the week-long backpacking trip was an experience in and of itself, with new picturesque views of extraordinary mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Back in the town, my husband and I met travelers from all over the world and experienced Chilean food, language, and hospitality. It was a wonderful trip. I would highly recommend.