Aastha Bharwad is a current third-year chief resident in the internal medicine department at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita. She is a lively, curious, and enthusiastic individual who takes each day as it comes with a smile on her face. Aastha has always been interested in leadership activities and has served as captain of her school and medical college. She has also assisted in organizing large-scale student events, cultural fests, and musical concerts that were attended by hundreds of people.

She has also achieved gold medals and accolades in winning National level medical quizzes back home. Always there to help others, Aastha has been a part of various volunteering groups and activities. She was involved in the development of an organization called H.O.P.E., which focused on the upliftment and education of underprivileged children. She always looks for unique ways to create awareness on social topics; one of those initiatives was the organization and participation in flash mobs conducted in various parts of her home city to create recognition for the “Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter” social scheme.

Highly interested in research development, she leads the ‘Clinical Research Curriculum’ in her residency program. Her research work has been published in notable national journals, and she has made her mark at various national conferences, including but not limited to National SGIM, ACP, and ACG. She is also highly active in the development of her resident clinic through various QI projects, like comprehensive diabetic visit protocol, hospital transition follow-up, and diabetic nephropathy screening.

Her interest focus is on the development of an equitable empathetic work environment and women’s health. She strongly believes that we all make a difference in each other’s lives in a small or big way, and thus, we need to push ourselves to make this world a better place to live in.

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University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita