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Artist Statement

This picture was taken on a medical mission trip to India in the winter of 2015. The steep hills of Saputara, Gujarat in the background represent the long and treacherous path to medical school. In the center, first year medical student, Rachel Salveson (pictured) is willing to accept these challenges with commitment reflected by her calm and steady posture.

About the Artist

Bhavik Upadhyay is a First Year Medical Student.

I was born and raised in India and moved to United States more than a decade ago. Prior to starting osteopathic school I worked as a Physician Assistant at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center near Los Angeles. I’m passionate about international medicine and see myself as a Doctor working beyond borders one day. In addition, I love photography and most of these pictures were taken at the medical mission camp to India during winter break of 2015.