Arham is a MSc Health Management Student. He has enjoyed the internship opportunities available and being a part of the diverse range of societies offered at City.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
I did my Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Mumbai, India. When the pandemic struck, I started working with Reliance Hospital for a year as a Medical Officer in the A&E (Emergency Medicine) & Covid ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
After which, I taught Preventive and Social Medicine to medical students at the D Y Patil University. I also developed my Instagram Channel to give out verified Medical Advice.
How did you develop an interest in your course and why did you choose to study this course?
I was posted in the frontline of a hospital in Mumbai, we saw scores of patients every day, battling for their life. And with all this happening around me I could see how the healthcare system was struggling, well to say the least.
In spite of doing the best we could, we still saw death around us, somehow what we were doing wasn’t producing results.
That’s when I realised that it is the structure, the management, the policies and the leadership that needs to change to resuscitate a fragile healthcare system and that I wanted to contribute on a larger platform.
For which, I had to step up and transform into a global healthcare leader, effecting decisions at a macro level.
Why did you choose to study at City?
I understand that choosing the right university for you can be a tough decision and also a crucial one, I was in your shoes not too long ago.
Often, you like a course but feel that the university is just too far away from ‘where it’s all happening’ or you like the university but the course isn’t just what you are looking for. What attracted me to City is being able to find the right balance, a perfect course catered in the heart of London.
What has been your favourite thing about studying this course?
Sometimes you find that what you are studying in the classroom never really translates into your work place. So, what I really like about this course is that there is always a parallel to the actual world outside.
We are taught based on real-life scenarios and case studies, so you are always learning practical implications. Moreover, through the year you will also come across opportunities for internships, mentoring and networking with alumni which will help you transition into your role as a professional.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
My favourite thing about City is that you will always find something to do on campus. I personally like associating myself to a social cause, and I found that so many likeminded people on campus felt so strongly about social causes like mental health, racial equality, freedom of faith, LGBTQ rights etc. and there was always opportunity to champion a cause.
What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?
I am part of the Student Council as a representative of the School of Health & Psychological Sciences, which helps me put into practice my leadership skills. I also work on creating content for my Instagram channel when I have the time.
I play an active role in various student societies at City. Meanwhile I am also member of the SHPS Journal Club where we review papers from high quality medical journals. I am also working on an entrepreneurial idea which I plan to present at CityVentures.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to step into a management/leadership role in the NHS after I finish the course and get some experience in the field.
I am certain that I will be able to carry all that I have learnt on this course into my work practice.
What would be your advice to anyone considering studying this course?
To anyone enrolling on this course, I would say that it is the right step towards your career progression. Having said that I would urge you to get into the habit of reading, keeping an open mind will allow you to absorb all that information around you and remember to keep learning even outside of the classrooms.
Most importantly, have fun while you are at it and don’t forget to make the best of your time in London.