My name is Amol Utrankar.
I’m a medical student at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN. That means my life is about 70% clinical rotations, 20% studying, and 5% cooking, cleaning, and other activities of basic functionality.
Which leaves the other 5%, the passions and interests I think I still have, like:
- Health systems: How do organizational behavior, workflows, and culture shape the way we deliver care and the outcomes we achieve? More importantly, how can we do better?
- Medical futurism: Vinod Khosla says technology will replace 80% of doctors. Will I have a job after I finish medical school? How is technology redefining the opportunities and challenges I’ll face in that job?
- Medical education: Hardly anything has stayed the same in the last century, but the way we train doctors hasn’t evolved much since 1910. What are the needs of a changing, expanding, learning healthcare system, and what are the skills required to lead that evolution?
Beyond the classroom, some of my pursuits include developing new approaches to medical education with the Vanderbilt Student Technology Committee; fostering awareness of medicine’s most fascinating specialty as Anesthesiology Interest Group leader; and thinking about emerging ideas in medicine and technology on social media. I’m constantly on the lookout for new collaborations or projects related to these interests, so feel free to reach out.
In a past life, I was an undergraduate at Rice University, where I studied Economics and Sociology. At Rice, I had the opportunity to do everything from successfully saving a life with CPR as an EMS lieutenant to investigating the intersection of religion and science in Houston’s faith communities. And a lot more, of course, but that’s all here.
Free time isn’t a concept I’m too familiar with, but on those rare instances when I find it, I enjoy exploring new cuisines, getting lost in my thoughts on wooded trails, and trying out the most eclectic of craft beers.
Com(med)ore is—or I hope, will be—a chronicle of the medical student experience, from acceptance and matriculation through Match Day and graduation. Along the way, I hope to explore the social transformations that mark the entry into the medical community. I aspire, while discovering what medicine truly is, to innovate and ideate about what it could be. I wish, in Malcolm Gladwell’s words, to ‘help people understand what it is really like to be a medical student.’
Thank you, reader, for sharing this journey with me.