Every year, medical school students from across the U.S. participate in a summer of clinical and translational research in Harvard labs through the Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP), offered by the Harvard Catalyst Diversity Inclusion program. This summer, VRIP has taken on a new digital format. Hear from summer intern Ayushi Aggarwal on her research interests and experience so far.
What’s your name, where do you go to school, and what are you studying?
My name is Ayushi Aggarwal, and I am a medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Who is your mentor and what is your project?
This summer, I am working with Dr. Adriana Panayi in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where I am investigating the effect of diabetes on breast reconstruction. I am inspired by how much Dr. Panayi has contributed to academia and immensely grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented physician-scientist.
What are you most looking forward to about your summer internship?
I am looking forward to connecting with a small group of colleagues in the program. We’re a diverse set of individuals, yet equally dedicated to advancing science and medicine. We have our weekly Zoom socials and I cannot wait to meet these individuals in person!
What are your future career plans?
I see myself as a physician, working to care for patients while also working behind-the-scenes to push for public health policies that will allow Americans to live longer and more functional lives. As someone who loves traveling, I think there is a scope for us to learn from other countries and appreciate their ways of living.
Summarize your VRIP experience in five words so far.
Opened me up to possibilities.