Summer Class of 2018


My name is Aashna Kalwani and I am an incoming junior at Barrington High School. This is my first year attending the S.C.A.R.F summer program. This summer I have learned to interpret ECGs and other medical instruments, study the anatomy and physics of the heart, and have gotten to interact with patients. These are opportunities many my age do not get to experience. Aside from medical knowledge, Dr. Nguyen has also taught me professionalism, social skills, and presentational skills that will further benefit me in any field I choose to go into. I am so blessed to be a part of this program and have benefited greatly from the services provided by S.C.A.R.F!

My name is Abhinav Arulanandan and this fall I will be a sophomore at Crystal Lake South High School. This is my first year at S.C.A.R.F and I am very grateful to have gotten this opportunity to work so closely with amazing people like Dr. Nguyen and my fellow students. The experience I am getting is unlike anything I have ever done before and I already know that I am going to grow so much as a student and as a person as I continue on with the organization.

My name is Amey Maley and I'm a 16-year-old rising senior at Naperville North High School. I'm ecstatic to be experiencing SCARF for the 1st time this summer! I'm amazed breadth of activities I'm able to do in the program, whether it be direct exposure to patient consultations or helping to impact the community through healthcare awareness. Outside of SCARF I serve as a captain for my school's Science Olympiad team and participate on the executive board for my school's DECA chapter, and in my free time I enjoy tutoring and doing calligraphy.

My name is Ananya Parimi and I am going to be a sophomore this upcoming year at Metea Valley High School. This is my first year in the S.C.A.R.F program. From this program, I have learned not only a new perspective on the heart but gained the necessary knowledge to lead a successful, confident, and caring lifestyle. Dr. Nguyen has drastically helped me enhance my critical thinking skills as well as helped me realize different ways to give back to the community. S.C.A.R.F above all else has given me a chance to express my love for medicine and philanthropy while at the same time teach higher education. This fall I plan to further impact the community as well as continue my training in Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, and well as piano and singing. I feel eager to learn more and share my new-found knowledge through the pursuit of medicine.

My name is Anish Raju and I am going to be a junior at Barrington High School. This is my first year at S.C.A.R.F. I anticipate that through S.C.A.R.F. I will not only thoroughly learn about different arrhythmia, EKG’s, and cardiovascular diseases but also about life skills. I know that through this program I’m going to advance my communication and teamwork skills as well as my critical thinking skills. I can already tell S.C.A.R.F. is going to change me for the better for the rest of my like and I couldn’t be more excited.

My name is Anisha Patel and I am a junior at St. Louis University. This is my second year at S.C.A.R.F. Dr. Nguyen's teachings through the SCARF program go far beyond recognizing different arrhythmias, decoding ECGs, and visualizing the electrical signals of the heart. I grew more as a student and as a person from being able to witness firsthand patient care and passion he practices with. I learned the importance of forming and maintaining meaningful connections with people and specifically the vitality of a strong doctor-patient relationship, something Dr. Nguyen upholds with each unique person that walks into his office. Roosevelt once said, “no one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”, and it is evident to every intern, coworker, and patient that Dr. Nguyen absolutely cares. S.C.A.R.F. above all else has given me an outlet to practice philanthropy and the tools I need to implement a lasting and powerful impact. This fall I will be tackling the new challenge of sophomore year and organic chemistry while trying to balance my volunteering and extracurriculars with study.

My name is Arnav Nanga. This is my first year at SCARF and I will be a junior next year at Plainfield North High School. I have learned many things from SCARF this year. SCARF has a unique teaching style, and constantly pushes us, its students, to be the best at what we do, which is what separates us and puts us on a different level than most other students. While teaching us about the heart, it also cultivates our core skills of critical thinking, teamwork, and higher education. SCARF not only teaches us about medicine, but about life. It has helped me develop a work ethic that I will use for the rest of my life.

My name is Azhar Ghumra and I am a recent graduate from Benedictine University. This is my first year as a S.C.A.R.F. intern and I have already learned so much about how various diseases of the heart manifest, as well as the importance of understanding the heart’s electrical system. I believe what really sets S.C.A.R.F. apart is the fact that it provides a comprehensive learning experience that goes beyond medicine. Dr. Nguyen constantly asks thought provoking questions and challenges the way you think about concepts forcing you to think from a different perspective every time. In my time with S.C.A.R.F so far, I have also learned a great deal from Dr. Nguyen about what it means to be an advocate for your community through education, leadership, and compassion. This summer I hope to really work on developing my strengths as a critical thinker and team player. I aim to gain more confidence and familiarity in the medical setting through the many clinical rotations that S.C.A.R.F. offers its students. I also look forward to the opportunity to give back to my community by raising awareness about sudden cardiac death and empowering community members with the knowledge and tools to be prepared to take action when the situation presents itself.   

Hi my name is Deesha Patel. I will be a senior this upcoming year at St. Charles North High School. I will be the Vice President of National Honors Society at my school, and I was secretary for HOSA this past school year. HOSA is a club at our school that offers students more insight on the medical careers they could potentially embark on. For the past four years, I have been volunteering as a Patient Advocate. I help patients feel more comfortable, and our overall goal is to always spread happiness. I enjoy spending time at Delnor because the idea of giving back to the community is an idea I highly value. Similarly, SCARF has the same motive which was why I wanted to be a part of this research foundation. I want to further explore my interests in the field of medicine in hopes of finding my true passion and future career path.

My name is Ethan Brander and I am an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. This is my second year at S.C.A.R.F. This summer I plan on furthering my education with Dr. Nguyen in not only the medical field, but also in terms of critical thinking, teamwork, and higher education. This program has taught me a lot about the medical profession and how to hold myself as a professional, as well as teaching me about cardiology. This fall I plan on tackling the challenges of college and to further develop my education and use the tools that Dr. Nguyen has given me to be successful in college.

My name is Harsh Chheda, I am 17 years old, and I will be an incoming senior at Bartlett High School. This will be my first year as a part of the S.C.A.R.F. mentorship program. This year I have gained extensive knowledge of the heart and mastered the electrical signals running through it. Also, I have experienced various aspects of the field of medicine by accompanying Dr. Nguyen into patient rooms during rotations. The core values that S.C.A.R.F. promotes (teamwork, critical thinking, and higher education) are crucial to becoming successful in the future. I have also grown as a student and learner through Dr. Nguyen’s guidance and learned the importance of forming and maintaining relations through communication. The S.C.A.R.F. mentorship program has provided the guidance and support to pursue a career in the medical field. This year, I hope to utilize the ideas and skills of professionalism, leadership, and philanthropy throughout my final year of high school and to help impact my community.

My name is Ishani Patel and I will be a freshman at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This was my second year in the SCARF program, and I must say that this program never fails to surprise me. From reading EKGs to analyzing case studies, there is always something new to learn every day! SCARF has brought me closer to my vision in life. I have always wanted to impact the study of the heart by inventing something, discovering an entity that has the power to positively impact my community. Under Drs. Paul and Rubina Nguyen’s care and support, I have learned that in order to make this dream a reality, I will have to live by the three most important pillars in life: critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork. This one summer has taught me things that would have taken an average student years to learn, and this fall I hope to continue to strive towards my goals while implementing all of the training and professionalism that I have learned during my time in this program.

My name is Jacob Devadas and I am going to be a sophomore at Barrington High School. This is my second year in SCARF. Being a part of SCARF has been such a privilege due to the sophisticated environment and information presented every day in the office. By shadowing Dr. Nguyen and listening to him give lectures, I was able to learn all about electrophysiology, philanthropy, professionalism, and more. SCARF is not just a learning experience in the medical field but also for philanthropy. I have learned so much about giving back to the community and about the core values of SCARF. For this coming summer, I hope to continue learning under Dr. Nguyen and the SCARF organization.

My name is Janki Dave, and I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago! I’m excited and proud to say that this is my third year being a part of SCARF; it’s a program that near and dear to my heart, and it hits close to home. My family is deeply affected by cardiac disease, and I firmly believe that there is no better treatment than prevention, and the first step to prevention is education and awareness! The SCARF Program instills values of critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork in order to help students refine their professional skills. SCARF helped me find my aim in life and showed me that I had the capability to achieve in; with the right guidance and mentorship. As a college student and a returning SCARF student, I hope to be able to exemplify the values that Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Rubina, and the entire SCARF team teach, as an ambassador this year, and in the upcoming years!

Hello! My name is Jeeven Srivastava and I am an incoming freshman at Barrington High School. I enjoy playing tennis, bowling, reading, and theater/performing in plays and musicals. It is my hope to become a neurosurgeon one day. This is my first year in the S.C.A.R.F. mentoring program. I believe S.C.A.R.F. is the perfect program for me because it will teach me how to interact with patients and become familiar with many aspects of medicine. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Nguyen and the other students in the program to achieve our common goal of making the community aware of Sudden Cardiac Death. S.C.A.R.F. will enable me to help my community through the effect of philanthropy. I am also eager to present my research project at the culmination of the program. S.C.A.R.F. will allow me to practice my leadership and communication skills as well as teach me professionalism and help create a future career for myself. I am very excited to have been chosen as a 2018 S.C.A.R.F. intern! 

My name is Jordyn Nimmer, and I am a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This is my second year with S.C.A.R.F. Dr. Nguyen has revolutionized my personal sense of self and has allowed me to grow in unimaginable ways. S.C.A.R.F. has inspired me to be industrious, innovative, and instructive. I want to share the knowledge that I am privileged to have acquired. I am pursuing a double major in Biology and Spanish. In the future, I intend on utilizing linguistics to help infuse multiculturalism into American medicine. This fall, I will be continuing my research on neuronal inflammation in connection with high-fat diet-induced neuropathy in mice with Dr. Brianne Guilford at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I will also be serving as the Vice President of the Honors Student Association.


My name is Justin Buck. I am a senior at the University of Kentucky and a first-year participant in the SCARF Mentorship Program. Through SCARF and Dr. Nguyen, I have learned a plethora of skills in a short time in the realm of critical thinking, project analysis, and professionalism. These skills will not only further my career but will provide me with the tools to reinvest the skills I learn into the community this year and hopefully many more as I hope to continue the SCARF program next year and for the rest of my life.

My name is Kareena Dharia and I will be a senior at Barrington High School. This is my first year at S.C.A.R.F. I have learned a vast amount of information regarding both the medical field and valuable life lessons. One in every four deaths are correlated to cardiac diseases. Our mission her at S.C.A.R.F. is to promote cardiac death awareness and one day hopefully make it so that it's no longer the number one cause of death in the world. A memorable experience here at S.C.A.R.F. is the patient room interactions. It was so interesting to meet so many different people. Growing up, I was surrounded by my father's strong medical influence and raised on my parents' solid values. Dr. Nguyen reinstates the values of teamwork, critical thinking, and higher education. The guidance Dr. Nguyen has generously provided has helped me grow as a person and shown me my role as a strong woman looking to build her community.


My name is Kunaal Dhawan and I am going to be a senior at Barrington High School. This is my first year in the S.C.A.R.F. Mentorship Program. Through S.C.A.R.F., I got a realization of what a life in the medical field looks like. I learned just how much work I have to put into my studies to be successful in medical school. I have also learned that it is important to provide hope and care for patients, not just know everything there is to know about cardiology. I have always had a profound interest in biology and mathematics, and I feel as if helping people and caring for them will allow me to make the most use of my academic abilities because I want to be a public servant in the future. Dr. Nguyen has brought me closer to this goal and taught me the most important aspect of practicing medicine: critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork.

My name is Mahati Avineni and I am going to be a senior this fall at Waubonsie Valley High School. This is my first year at SCARF. This program has taught me so much about the anatomy and physiology of the heart. It has given me a professional foundation for my future medical career by allowing me to be with Dr. Nguyen during patient rounds and learning about various heart conditions directly from him. SCARF has given me a unique opportunity to have a glimpse into my future and has also taught me so much about the importance critical thinking, teamwork, and higher education. This fall I will be applying to colleges while balancing my academics and extracurriculars.

My name is Meg Mehta. This is my third year participating in S.C.A.R.F. I recently graduated from Barrington High School. Through S.C.A.R.F. I have gained a deep insight into the medical field. The past two years I’ve been given the opportunity to be present during patient consultations, pharmacy rotations, surgeries and as I progress through the program we are exposed to experiences that few outside of medical school would be privy to. Through SC.A.R.F. and Dr. Nguyen’s mentorship, I have learned not only the business side of a busy medical practice but my social responsibility to my community, the importance of teamwork and the solid work ethic required to be successful in any area you choose.  I keep coming back to S.C.A.R.F. because I strive to make a difference in the world, and I believe S.C.A.R.F. has given me a tremendous amount of opportunities and the building blocks I need to achieve my goals.

My name is Morish Shah and I am an upcoming senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School.  This is my first year attending the S.C.A.R.F program.  I have learned not only about cardiac health but also about lifelong personal development and success.  Dr. Nguyen has made me more aware of the importance of struggle and grit in life.  Dr. Nguyen emphasizes that even more important than a medical degree is the compassion that the individual encompasses.  By his side, I've had the opportunity to talk to various patients in a very professional setting.  This experience has been so different than simply shadowing in a doctor's office where there is little to none teaching involved.  S.C.A.R.F. is a very unique program that combines internship and research along with self-development through critical thinking and teamwork.  At S.C.A.R.F., I have found new meaning to community service and the importance of giving back to the community.  In few months’ time, I will be applying to colleges with a lot of optimism and confidence due to the experiences I have had at S.C.A.R.F.  I couldn't be more grateful to Dr. Nguyen and his team for working so hard for us to become successful.  I cannot wait to complete this program and be back next year!

My name is Navjot Rehal and I am going to be a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. This is my second year in S.C.A.R.F., and this program has taught me many invaluable lessons. In addition to gaining extensive knowledge on the heart, I have also learned about professionalism and dedication. S.C.A.R.F. has allowed me to learn about the medical field and acquire a new appreciation for doctors. This fall I will be participating in marching band and ultimate frisbee at my high school, and I will continue pursuing my passion for the medical field.

My name is Neal George and I will be an incoming senior at Barrington High School this fall. This is my third year with SCARF. I have really enjoyed the SCARF program and have found it to be fun, interactive, and educational. I learned many new things such as the anatomy and physiology of the heart, common heart problems, what abnormal heart rhythms are, and how to read electrocardiograms (ECGs) as well. SCARF allowed me and the other interns to observe other patients and learn about their heart problems. I never would have imagined that SCARF would be such an immersive program into the world of healthcare and medicine. SCARF is an internship for everyone, whether you want to be a surgeon or a teacher, SCARF is the place for you. It was a wonderful and interactive learning experience for me. It was very nice to get a hands-on learning experience about illnesses and recovery and get exposed to these things at a young age. Dr. Nguyen makes his pupils a priority and always helps us. I am very honored to be part of SCARF. I have seen significant progress in SCARF since I was first accepted. SCARF is in the process of placing an AED in every facility possible. We are also making an app which pinpoints the location of every AED in the area which will raise community awareness. The best part about SCARF is that Dr. Nguyen instills a sense of helping others and giving back to the community. The enriched learning and character building experience is what sets the SCARF internship apart from any other medical internship.

My name is Neehar Shah, and I am going to be a senior at St. Charles East High School. This is my second year in the S.C.A.R.F. program. Throughout the program, I have learned about the medical field by following Dr. Nguyen during his patient rounds. I have also learned about the electrical system of the heart, as well as learning how to apply myself in any situation. S.C.A.R.F. has given me a foundation to build upon for the rest of my life through the core values of critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork. This summer, I am holding an event called Spike for Life where, through my passion of volleyball, I will spread awareness about cardiac death and disease throughout my community. I hope to continue to add onto last summer, in order to further my knowledge and leadership experience. This upcoming school year, I will be the President of National Honors Society, a part of the Executive Board of Student Council, the Vice President of both Future Doctors of America and Math Honors Society and play Varsity volleyball on my high school team.

My name is Nisha Janamanchi and I am going to be a sophomore at Barrington High School. This is my first year at S.C.A.R.F, and I plan to learn about professionalism, the importance of teamwork, and increase my knowledge of the medical field. S.C.A.R.F is a unique experience like no other that will build my life skills. I hope to make an impact for my community and the world through philanthropy and S.C.A.R.F. In the fall I plan to focus on my tennis season at school, and academics.

My name is Priya Prasad and this coming fall I will be a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University. As a second year SCARF student I want to continue to be an active member of my community and take part in spreading awareness about cardiovascular health. SCARF has taught me three key facets of success which are higher education, teamwork and critical thinking. The skills and values I have learned from Dr. Nguyen are those that have allowed me to become a better person and a better member of my community. I understand the importance of giving back and how even small actions can make a difference. SCARF is a program I want to be a part of for life because I have emerged as a more confident person and I want to utilize the resources given to be of service to those around me. SCARF is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will help me to achieve my goals in medicine and philanthropy.

My name is Raahil Shah, I am 17 years old, and I am going to be a senior at James B. Conant High School. This is my first year in S.C.A.R.F., and it has brought a whole new perspective to my outlook on life. S.C.A.R.F. has not only taught me knowledge about the heart, but also life skills that will stick with me forever, such as professionalism and teamwork. S.C.A.R.F. is a great program that offers insight into the medical field as a whole and teaches people how to deal with situations they will come across throughout their lives. S.C.A.R.F. is not only a summer program, but it is a family. S.C.A.R.F. will aid every single one of its students in times of need and they will do their best to guarantee the success of each and every one of their students. Throughout my time at S.C.A.R.F., I want to gain more knowledge about the heart and its functionality, while continuing to learn more about professionalism. I hope to apply the knowledge I have gained through S.C.A.R.F. into my everyday life and become the successful person that S.C.A.R.F. has trained me to be.

My name is Radhika Arora and I am going to be a senior at Glenbard North High School. This is my first year in S.C.A.R.F. The S.C.A.R.F. mentoring program is one unlike any other. S.C.A.R.F. is not only teaching me about cardiology and general medicine, but also about my own community and the power of philanthropy. Being someone who is very passionate about medicine, and all that comes with it, S.C.A.R.F. has motivated me even more to achieve my goals in general, though be the best person I can in particular.

My name is Ranzy A. Collins and I am a Junior at Augustana College studying Bio-Chemistry. This is my fifth year in S.C.A.R.F. The most important thing that I have learned from S.C.A.R.F. is that to truly understand a topic you must follow three phases. Those phases are you must see one, you must do one, and finally, you must teach one. In any case, these phases ensure the fact that you learn the topic while also informing your community of the information as well. S.C.A.R.F. has opened opportunities that I would never have been able to achieve on my own, the experiences that we gain here most medical students don't even have the chance to go through. These experiences allow for us to use critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork. This fall I will be heading back to college to continue my education and begin preparation for the MCAT. I return to S.C.A.R.F. every year because the atmosphere continues to enrich my knowledge while opening doors to the various aspects of healthcare that I could not see on my own. S.C.A.R.F. will lead me through life as my team and family to support and motivate me through all aspects of life.

My name is Rediat Ephrem and I will be a third-year student at Augustana College in the fall. This is my second year at SCARF. Last summer I learned about sudden cardiac death and all of the other issues surrounding it which has led to learning about how to raise awareness through my project of preventative cardiovascular care. I’ve also learned what it means to be professional in how I carry and present myself. During this summer, I would like to strengthen what I have already learned and also build on the skills I've acquired such as critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork. SCARF has challenged me, mentored me, and given me the foundation on which I can become better and serve my community. 

Hello! My name is Rohan Shah and I am a rising senior attending Bartlett High School. Throughout my first-year interning with the S.C.A.R.F. program, I have developed a deeper insight into my own strengths and weaknesses and grown as an individual. S.C.A.R.F. teaches fundamental values that can translate regardless of the future avenues taken by its students, and the mentorship provided is immeasurable. Through the three pillars of success — critical thinking, teamwork, and higher education — S.C.A.R.F. prepares its students for a successful future, as it develops a thoughtful mindset. Dr. Nguyen instills a natural curiosity within his students and has developed within me a deeper understanding of the power of critical thought. In the upcoming year, I aim to prepare for my future collegiate endeavors by sharpening my problem-solving abilities and continuing to challenge myself.

My name is Rutva Bhatt. I am a rising Senior at Huntley High School and a S.C.A.R.F. ambassador. Through this program, I learned that sudden cardiac arrest is dangerous yet unfamiliar to the public. Many people incorrectly believe that a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are the same thing. Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical event that causes about 450,000 deaths per year, and bystanders are a key to survival. However, this enlightening program has taught me not only about the intricacies of the heart's functions, but also the value of education. Aid is only a temporary beginning, but education lasts a lifetime and allows people to progress independently. There is no limit to education. S.C.A.R.F. has taught me to fortify my strengths and recognize my weaknesses. It has also taught me to access my confidence in tense situations. This coming fall, I hope to use what I learned these past summers to impact my community. I will continue focusing on my education while aiming to make a difference through instructing Taekwondo and leading community service projects through National Honor Society.

My name is Saharsh Narayanam and I am a sophomore at Barrington High School. This is my first year at S.C.A.R.F. I look forward to learning so much through the program and being able to apply my new critical thinking skills in my school life. I believe that S.C.A.R.F. can help me learn valuable life skills as well as teach me a vast set of medical knowledge. I enjoy participating in clubs like Science Olympiad and being a leader in our South Asian Students Association, as well as playing the drums in my free time.

I am Samvrit Punyapu, soon to be sophomore at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois this fall. This is my second year attending the SCARF program  founded by Drs.  Rubina and Paul Nguyen. This year, in SCARF, I have learnt much about cardiology and medicine, a lot more than I assumed I would learn. I have also learnt and many other life impacting topics such as; insurance, money management, banking and clinical management. SCARF has given me a way to help my father, who recently had a heart attack and is in cardiac rehab. It helps me take care of him when he is at home and with SCARF experience, I have the chance to do it better. This fall I look forward to using my knowledge to improve the living standards to all those in my community. I also look forward to helping my father recover from his past incidents and I have high hopes that his health will improve. I am also excited to get into SCARF next year as a returning student. This will help me achieve my goal to give back to society through the world of medicine. 

Hello, I am Sareena Shah and I will be attending Bartlett High School as a junior this fall. Although I have only been in S.C.A.R.F. for one year, Dr. Nguyen has presented me the opportunity to hone my abilities and develop myself as an individual. This mentorship program is a synthesis of a deeper understanding into the medical field and instilling three core values: critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork. With these values, I will be able to be successful throughout my future endeavors beyond medicine. Most importantly, giving back to the community will prove to prevail throughout my life. I aim to practice in medicine, so I can serve my community, and give back.

My name is Shalin Kadakia, and this fall I am going to be a junior at West Chicago High School. This is my first year enrolled within SCARF. I am blessed to be a part of this program, as Dr. Nguyen's pillars of life: teamwork, higher education, and critical thinking, have allowed me to grow individually, and have guided me towards more beneficial relationships with my peers and my family. SCARF allows me to gain much experience in order to become a doctor, as I take part in clinical rotations for patients with Dr. Nyugen every day. His guidance has helped me learn professionalism with patients and peers and has greatly improved my communication and people skills. This summer I strive to use the skills and principles I learned throughout SCARF to increase awareness for sudden cardiac death throughout my community. This fall I plan both to continue my involvement within clubs at school and keep my commitment to soccer, while I also look for more ways to encourage and spread awareness for SCARF.

My name is Shayaan Naseer and I am a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is my second year that I have been blessed to be a SCARF Ambassador and study under Drs. Paul and Rubina Nguyen, Dr. Sarah Alfano, Leslie Guerrero, and the entire SCARF team. SCARF not only provided a structure in which I could learn, develop, and excel, but went above and beyond in creating another family on which I can count on for anything. This not only includes Dr. Nguyen and the rest of the SCARF team, but my fellow students as well. They push me to be the best version of myself and help on a moment’s notice without hesitation. SCARF has cultivated my philanthropic passions and given them direction and practical application as I approach medical school and soon the professional world. While the words critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork are plastered anywhere SCARF has reached, the truth is these core values which Dr. Nguyen has instilled and reinforced within us cannot be emphasized enough if anyone wants to be as successful as SCARF students are set up to be.

My name is Sibghatallah Imdad and I am going to be a Senior at the University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign. I am a second-year student in the S.C.A.R.F. program. I am currently applying to medical schools, and this fall I will be going to back to university with a continued focus on best preparing myself for a profession in healthcare. I’ve learned a vast amount of information about the heart this summer. I was taught everything from anatomy & physiology and electrical pathways to pathologies and reading EKG’s. Additionally, I’ve acquired a great understanding of the inner workings of a medical setting (clinics, hospitals, nursing homes). I would say the most profound lesson I’ve acquired from S.C.A.R.F. this year is the identification of my weaknesses. Dr. Nguyen has had many discussions with our group pertaining to various topics of what it takes to be successful. His words have made me reflect upon my own thoughts and behaviors, and what things I can change to optimize my efforts.

My name is Sophia Nguyen. I’m an 8th grader at Prairie Campus, and this will be my second year as a student with S.C.A.R.F. I’ve been born into this incredible program, and I have been given the gift to be a supporter of S.C.A.R.F. for the rest of my life. When I first joined the program, I was astounded at the amount of information I was given from my mentors. There was so much more than learning about the human heart. I was taught critical thinking, the significance of higher education, and how to work and think with the wonderful group of students who surrounded me. I’ve reached a time in my life, where I’m starting to figure out the type of person I should strive to be, along with my objectives for the future. The curriculum of S.C.A.R.F. has embedded itself into my daily thoughts, speech, and actions, and has very much conveyed to me, the type of person I need to be in order to be successful. I’m truly thrilled for this year, with all the upcoming plans and initiatives we have launched, and I hope that wherever I may go, I can take S.C.A.R.F. with me to educate, bring awareness, and give back to the community.

My name is Varin Gupta and I am about to enter my senior year at Neuqua Valley High School. This is my first year at SCARF and I have gained many important experiences. On top of constantly being taught new information about the heart’s blood flow, electrical anatomy, and disorders, I have also learned the immense value of teamwork and critical thinking skills. This program is set apart by its interaction with the community and professionalism in a medical setting. SCARF has provided me with a new outlook for future professions I want to pursue and has given me an insight to the amount of dedication required to achieve a career in medicine. This fall, I will continue my passion of ultimate frisbee in my high school as well as apply to colleges to further my education of the medical field.

My name is Vineeth Rao and I am going to be a senior at Barrington High School. This is my first year in the S.C.A.R.F. program. I hope to develop my communication skills and absorb as much information as possible, as I prepare for a career in the medical field. As I develop the S.C.A.R.F. ideologies of critical thinking, higher education, and teamwork, I want to integrate these attributes into my work and my life to elevate myself and become the best possible person I can be. The professionalism and ability to clearly express ideas learned throughout the program are essential as I progress through college and beyond. The opportunities and knowledge gained have taught me new and different ways to implement them into my community, creating a strong foundation for my medical career. 

My name is Vraj Patel. I am 17 years old, a rising senior at St Charles East High School, and this is my first year in SCARF. From SCARF, I have learned critical thinking skills and the value of higher education that will benefit me outside of SCARF. Also, I gained better communication skills and self-confidence in the process. I have developed a well-rounded perspective on the field of medicine thanks to SCARF. The skills that I have gained will better prepare me for the future and help me make an impact on my community.

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