Janaki Patel

Janaki Patel

Hometown: Portsmouth, OH
Undergraduate Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Pritzker Activities: Pritzker Dance Group, Mission: Nutrition, TA-ing various classes, AAPI
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Social Sciences
S&D Mentor: Dr. Valerie Press


Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

I loved that I felt so welcome on my interview day. I had true conversations with the people who interviewed me and that I met during the day. I did not realize it then, but Pritzker allows all students to be a part of the admissions process, making sure you get an accurate sense of this wonderful school before you sign on the dotted line.

What has been your most meaningful clinical experience at Pritzker?

During my third year clerkships, I truly felt like a member of the team. My residents and attendings allowed me to actively care for my patient through orders, notes, and team communications. More than that, I had many opportunities to have critical discussions with my patients, and I felt like I could truly advocate for their best interest because of it.

How would you describe your classmates?

My classmates are some of the most caring, intelligent, and innovative people I have met. From spending time in class to seeing them in action with patients in the hospital, I feel honored to be a part of this class and this legacy. They make me better- clinically, personally, professionally, and I feel so lucky to have met them.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?

I love exploring the many neighborhoods of Chicago- from the quiet and cozy Hyde Park to the bustling downtown, there's something for everyone in this city!