This is another in a series of profiles of health care professionals who have benefited from the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program. The MLRP works to increase access to comprehensive primary care in underserved areas, by providing up to $50,000 towards outstanding educational loans for health professionals who commit to work at an eligible health care organization for two full-time years.
From a very young age Priya Joshi demonstrated an aptitude and interest in science. Her parents encouraged Priya to pursue and cultivate this interest throughout the early years of her education, expressing their hope that she would eventually choose a career in medicine. Priya told us she knew early on that that’s exactly what she would do. She notes of her parents’ expectations, “it wasn't a hope, but rather a certainty.”
Today, Priya Joshi is a primary care physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC), where she performed her residency. The primary care office occupies two floors of one BMC building, with six different teams all functioning as smaller practices. These mini-practices allow physicians to accommodate the high volume of patients who need to be seen in a fast-paced environment like BMC. There is no shortage of variety in her work. ”Every day yields a surprise for me,” Priya told us, “meaning I could see anything from a viral infection that requires me to provide a patient with reassurance to diagnosing advanced cancer over a few hours.”
Early life experiences and her parents’ influence combined to have a significant influence on Priya and her decision to be a physician who works primarily with underserved populations. Priya’s parents ingrained in her the importance of giving back to the less fortunate and community service. “For Thanksgiving, we would often volunteer as a family at a local homeless shelter,” she shares.
Throughout high school and college, Priya volunteered in urban emergency departments including UMass Medical Center in Worcester and Massachusetts General Hospital. During medical school Priya’s clinical trainings were predominantly at Cook County Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, IL. In this way, most of her medical experiences have been working for underserved populations and the disenfranchised. Priya attributes these experiences with her decision to pursue a career working with people who face barriers in accessing health services.
Priya finds that there are many rewards and opportunities in working with the patient population she sees. Priya enjoys the variety of clinical conditions she sees in primary care, and appreciates the potential impact she can have on people's health and well-being. Said Priya, “I try to emphasize the importance of preventing disease with my patients, and I feel that developing a good rapport and trusting relationship is vital to achieving this goal.”
During her residency at BMC Priya learned about the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program (MLRP), and she began investigating her eligibility for the program immediately. She knew that she wanted to stay at BMC upon completing her residency, and her eligibility for the loan repayment program played an important part in allowing that to happen.. As Priya notes, “I'm very grateful to be participating in the MLRP.”
For more information on the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program, click here.
Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014 posted on Nov 21
This week’s flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remained relatively stable as compared to last week’s numbers. It’s safe to say that we’ll see these rates rise in the coming weeks and months – and with the holiday season approaching, now’s a great time …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014
The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! posted on Nov 18
The holiday season brings a lot of fun, but can be stressful at times. Try focusing on seeing things through your child’s eyes. Chances are the traditions and memories you make are what children will grow up to remember, not the gifts or fancy meals. …Continue Reading The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!
Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014 posted on Nov 17
The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. This is to be expected at this time of year in New England, and it’s a great reminder that if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, there …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014