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Sapna Khemka

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘15


Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine ‘20—expected
University of Pennsylvania, Pre-Health Programs, 2015
University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, 2014

Growing up in a close-knit family in Rockville, Maryland, Sapna Khemka thought of her first cousins as her older brothers. When one went to medical school, Sapna wanted to follow. She began her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland and was in a pre-med track. When she was preparing to graduate, Sapna didn’t think her grades accurately reflected her capabilities.

A friend, who happened to be enrolled in a Pre-Health program at Penn, suggested that Sapna look into completing a post-bacc program. Sapna also spoke with her college advisor who thought Sapna would benefit from the rigor and flexibility of Penn’s program.

“I wanted to gain more experience, academically and professionally. I had loved going to Peru with International Service Learning to help set up a health clinic in a rural community. Not only did it give me practical experience in health education, it made me realize that I want to become a pediatrician. But I didn’t feel ready for medical school and wanted to gain a broader health-related background.

When I looked at Penn, I could sense that the program creates a community for its students. And with its smaller classes, events and guest lectures, you are able to make friends that you know will be your future colleagues.

Being at Penn also let me get together with my role model, my cousin, who is in town completing his residency. Plus, there are so many opportunities and incredible medical resources right on campus.

I’ve been working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an Academic Associate in its Emergency Department. We are helping to screen patients for different clinical studies.

One is investigating the use of an ultrasound-guided placement of an IV or lumbar puncture. I’m also working on a study that’s developing a patient-centered discharge process for children who come into the Emergency Department with an asthma exacerbation. It has been a great experience. And I now know that I connect with parents as well as I do with their children.

I know that my experiences at Penn will help me stand out when I apply to medical school. This summer, while I study for the MCATs, I am applying to jobs based in Washington, D.C., not too far from my home, which will make my family happy.”

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