Keck School of Medicine at USC
Hi! My name is Nithya Rajeev. I am a first-year M.D. candidate at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. I am a lifelong Trojan, having recently graduated summa cum laude from USC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology and a minor in Forensics and Criminality.
Research and exposure to the medical field were defining features of my undergraduate career. I found myself frequently shadowing physicians in various fields, volunteering at a low-income clinic, and participating in research projects aimed at improving post-operative quality-of-life for patients in underserved communities. I also engaged in lab research aimed at discovering and finding remedies for molecular cues of various diseases.
My non-clinical endeavors have been just as impactful in my journey to medicine as my clinical endeavors have been – I am a strong advocate for holistic experiences. I frequently mentored local LAUSD students in various STEM concepts, published columns about campus issues for the daily newspaper, and took courses about law and public policy for my mionr. I have also recently been volunteering as a trained crisis counselor, and mentoring peers preparing for the MCAT exam and/or medical school applications
In regards to my non-academic hobbies, I have been an avid tennis fan and player for more than half my life, and I understand the impact sports can have on our individual journeys. I also love to be outdoors – hiking, biking, you name it! You can always catch me with a pen and my journal – writing is a large part of my life, and I have actually been working on a dystopian fiction novel for some time now. Recently, I also adopted an interest in knitting and painting; quarantine has seen plenty of paint-by-numbers and scarves for donation