Pavan Mehat

Program: MD Undergraduate Program, Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program
Class of 2020

Hometown: North Vancouver

Pavan.Mehat_214X300What attracted you to your field of study or research?
Medicine is an amazing field that requires a vast array of skills and knowledge, which is perfect for my temperament. To be a great physician, it requires that you are always striving to improve in all areas of your life. A career in medicine will allow me to blend my interests in sports, science, wellness, and spirituality in an interactive and personal manner to ease suffering and positively impact the lives of others.

What excites you about the upcoming year?
I am excited for the life-long friendships I will develop, the challenges of medical school, and the hands-on experience I will gain to learn and better understand human anatomy. A career in medicine requires an obsession with life-long learning and improving your tool-kit to heal others. You never know what piece of knowledge or skill you will need to save someone’s life.

What’s one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
I have started my own small business, Sustainable Athletics, to help support athletes achieve sustainable peak performance.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself just finishing my first year of residency, having the opportunity to truly impact the lives of my patients, as well as work with athletes to allow them to be the best they can be (pain free), while playing a big role in the community sharing information about wellness.

Best piece of advice: “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

This does not mean that we blindly follow a path and do not plan for the future. Instead, it is the realization that the best way to prepare for the future is to remain 100% focused on doing whatever you are doing right now to the best of your abilities. That is the only effective way to prepare for the future and it’s the only way that will allow you to remain peaceful, no matter what.

Last vacation destination: My last vacation destination was San Francisco, where my family and I had the privilege to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. My whole family is fanatical about hoops.