Division of Infectious Diseases

EMET Student Profile – Rohan Khazanchi, M1

Rohan Khazanchi, M1

Tell us about the position you are starting?
I will be joining the HIV Clinic over the next four years as a new HIV Enhanced Medical Education Track (EMET) student. Being in a longitudinal program like this means I will be returning to the HIV clinic throughout my medical training to learn about management of patients with HIV and work on an independent research project. I’m interested in health disparities and hope to conduct a public health study examining differences in the outcomes of our patients based on zip code, race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and other social factors.

Background:
I was born in Cincinnati, OH, but grew up here in Omaha and graduated from Millard North High School in 2013. For the last four years, I attended Washington University in St. Louis where I studied Biology (Neuroscience concentration) with minors in Music and Psychological & Brain Sciences. I was involved in a variety of activities at WashU, but my experiences conducting neurobiology research and leading a songwriting program for children who had recently lost close members of their family particularly motivated me to pursue a medical career. I’m excited to be back in Omaha and studying at the College of Medicine for the next four years.

Why UNMC?
I am thrilled to be at an academic medical center that is both a leader in medical education and research. Both my parents are educators, which has contributed to my own interest in academics and medical education. In addition, conducting research has been integral to my development as a physician-in-training. Being at UNMC gives me ample opportunity to continue exploring these interests alongside my medical training.

Why did you choose to apply to the HIV EMET?
With our class being the first to enter a new curriculum, we were fortunate to be taught about HIV during our first months of medical school. I loved hearing from both patients and providers about the unique relationships formed between physicians and their patients with HIV. It is amazing to see how proper treatment can drastically improve quality of life for patients with HIV. In addition, I was drawn to the HIV clinic because of the large number of underserved patients they treat. I hope to continue combating social justice issues and working with underserved patient populations throughout my career.

Something interesting about me not related to medicine:
In college, I was fortunate to be part of an a cappella group (Mosaic Whispers) that ended up advancing to the finals of an international competition (ICCA — the same as Pitch Perfect!), and we performed on a Broadway stage in New York during the finals round. I think it would be fair to say I definitely peaked early…

We wish Rohan the best of luck over the next several years during his journey with us as part of the HIV EMET! More information about the EMET program can be found here.

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