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EducationNeuroscience major (Pre-med) and Management minor at the University of Cincinnati
SAT Chemistry: 800/800
SAT Math: 780/800
• Awards and Honors:
o Summa Cum laude (9th grade)
o Magna Cum Laude (10th and 11th grade)
o Science Olympiad: I have won numerous 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th place medals over the course of two years. (9th -11th grade)
o MVP for Science Olympiad team (9th grade)
o Presidential Community Service Award bronze level (9th grade)
o Presidential Community Service Award Gold Level (10th grade) Extra-Curricular Activities:
o Dance class- 12 years. I compete over the summer in Indian folk dancing.
o Model UN (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
o Science Olympiad (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
o BuildOn (9th, 10th)
o IASA- Indian American Student Association (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)
o SHS (Spanish Honor Society) (11th, 12th)
o NHS (National Honor Society) (11th, 12th)
o Red Cross club (founder and president) (10th, 11th, 12th)
• Safety Town- I volunteered there from 2005 to 2010. It is a two week program where I am a camp counselor. I am supposed to teach kindergarteners about different typed of safety. I am in charge of being their guide and teacher.
• SCAMP- Last summer I volunteered as a counselor at a 3 week camp for autistic kids.
• Tutoring at the West Bloomfield library- I started my own program, and I tutor middle school and some high school kids in math. It is a drop in homework coaching program that has been going on since September of 2010.
• Tutoring at Bloomfield Hills Library- In 2009-2010, I tutored at the Bloomfield Hills library. I helped middle and high school students with their math, science, and reading. I used the experience that I gleaned from working here to create a new program which I started at the West Bloomfield library.
• Teen Advisory Board – I was part of a committee that was in charge of selecting books and organizing programs for the library. (2010)
• The Friendship Circle- I am assigned to a 11 year old child with mild autism. Every week, I play with her and we spend time with each other (11th and 12th)
• Red Cross Blood Drives- Occasionally I volunteer at a Red Cross blood drive. I aid the nurses in making packs to put the blood in, work at the registration table, and offer refreshments to the people who donate blood.
• I volunteer at the Henry Ford Hospital. I am a volunteer at the reception desk, and I direct people to the correct rooms. Also, I am a volunteer in the pharmacy section. I fill prescriptions and deliver them to appropriate rooms.
• I shadow a pediatric neurologist who has a private practice. I go into each patient room with the doctor and I observe how she treats her patients and the different types of disorders they have.
• Kumon- Twice a week, I go to the Kumon center and grade papers as well as tutor child
• Tutoring at home- For some time, I used to do paid tutoring for students in the 6th, 7th, and8th gradeinAlgebra1andPre-Algebra.
• Research Paper: I am currently working on writing a research paper with doctors from Beaumont hospital. I have attached an abstract below. Extra Academic Activities
• I attended a summer program (MMSS- Michigan Math and Science Scholars) for two weeks in 2011 at the University of Michigan. I learned about various research techniques through the activities that I did in their research labs.
• Beaumont Saturday Series - For three Saturdays, I explored different careers in the medical field. I attended a session about physical therapy and surgery.
• I started a Red Cross club at my school and am the co-president (started in 10th grade)
• I started a tutoring program at the West Bloomfield Library. I am currently expanding it to other libraries in Oakland County.
• Coaching my middle school Science Olympiad Team- I coach Birmingham Covington middle school’s Science Olympia Team and help them prepare for the competitions.
• I choreograph dances for the Indian American Student association.
• Gleaners Project- For one day in summer of 2011, I organized a project where 10 students came to Gleaners in Detroit and created a clay bowl to donate to charity and soup kitchens.
• TMC (Teens Making Changes) – We are a group that tries to decrease alcohol and drug use in the teenage population. It is part of the West Bloomfield community coalition. We also organize events through West Bloomfield High School and for teenagers in the community.
This is an abstract of the research I have been working on; I am currently in the process of researching this further with a few more doctors.
SOCIOECONOMIC EVALUATION OF SEIZURE SURGERY Prapti Shah, Charles J. Fisher, B.S., Tiffany L. Felker, Seng Min Cha, Hisanori Hasegawa, M.D., Chaim B. Colen, M.D., Ph.D
Department of Neurological Surgery, Advanced Epilepsy Clinic, William Beaumont Hospital/Oakland Medical School, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Purpose: In this study we investigated whether surgery or prolonged treatment with medication was more cost effective for intractable epilepsy. Increasing healthcare cost places a burden on both the seizure patient as well as our current economy. A key characteristic of intractable epilepsy would be that the patient does not respond well to anti-seizure medication. About 1/3 of epileptic patients suffer from intractable epilepsy. This may prevent them from working, driving, and carrying on normal life routines. Our goal is to evaluate costs associated with the surgical treatment for intractable epilepsy at our institution and to contrast this with costs associated with its medical treatment.
Methods: We used internal hospital databases, university libraries, national pharmacy databases and web review to estimate surgical and medical costs.
Results: At our institution, the combined cost of hospitalization and surgery averaged between $130,000-180,000. The cost of medication depends on whether formulary or generic medications would be used and averages $44,324.64/annually.
Discussion: We have demonstrated that surgical treatment for medically refractory epilepsy costs far less than continuing failed antiepileptic drug therapy. While it is typically necessary to continue antiseizure medication for two years after the surgery, once you are weaned off the medication, this cost dramatically decreases. An important point is that only three years after a person is diagnosed with intractable epilepsy, the cost of medication begins to surpass the cost of surgical treatment for the disease. This estimate does not include other adjuncts to treatment, such as, laboratory and potential hospitalization costs. Other areas to explore are the social stigmatism carried by these patients, their inability to operate vehicles, as well as their difficulty in holding a permanently employed position.
Conclusion: We conclude that in cases of medically intractable epilepsy, encouraging early surgical intervention might be the most cost-effective method when comparing repeated failure of medication. This study provides a driving force to support epilepsy patients to seek early surgical consultation at a comprehensive epilepsy treatment center as soon as they are diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. A more thorough investigation is currently in process.
HobbiesReading, Watching TV, Biking, Dancing, Swimming
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