Name: Prianka Kandhal, MD
Class: PGY-4 EM/Peds Combined
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
What's your motto? "I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed." -Mary Oliver
Why did you choose a combined residency program? Honestly it came down to not being able to decide. I interviewed both and even my rank list essentially alternated between peds and EM. I love kids and the concept of taking care of a child from birth to 18 and really knowing them. I love the pace and acuity of adult emergency medicine. Currently my hope is to work both sides of a split ED and maybe do a couple days a week of peds continuity clinic.
You can fly for one day. What do you do with it? I go to the top of as many mountains as I can manage!
What is the last gift you gave to someone? I bought my fiance some hot sauce for his collection!
What's your favorite holiday? Diwali is the Indian festival of lights and new year. It's full of bright colors and delicious food and hundreds of lights all over the house. It's hands down my favorite time of year and I try really hard to make it home for it as often as possible.
Favorite thing about UMEM? The community. The education is top-notch but the people, from attendings and residents to great nurses and techs, are really what make it a great place to train.
Who inspires you? My mom. She came to this country at age 20 not knowing anyone but my dad and managed to really make a life for herself and our family, going on to get a master's degree and balance her career with raising my sister and I.
What's something people might not know about you? I've read 50 books a year since college.
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