An Indian origin youth has broken a previous record of being the United Kingdom’s (UK) youngest doctor and is ready to embark on a career in medical sciences.
After earning himself a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sheffield, Arpan Doshi is set to become UK’s youngest practicing doctor at the age of 21 and 335 days. He will soon begin working as a physician at a hospital in north-east England.
A Person of Indian Origin (PIO), Doshi studied at a school in Gandhinagar, Gujarat until the age of 13, when his family left India and moved to France for work.
Doshi, who could speak English, Gujarati and Hindi continued his education at an English speaking international school, where he realised he knew most things that were being taught and decided to skip a class. He applied to universities just after his 17th birthday and received callbacks from three of them. The University of Sheffield particularly was very impressed with his credentials and abilities and they gave him a scholarship worth GBP 13,000. It was with this grant, financial aid from his parents and earnings of a part-time job that Doshi paid his college fee.
Doshi has beaten the record of a previous young doctor by 17 days. Rachael Faye Hill had received her medical degree from Manchester University when she was 21 and 352 days in 2010. He is now set to begin his two-year training as a junior doctor at York Teaching Hospital in August.
“My dream is to become a heart surgeon but it is a very competitive field. It is not really a surprise I have ended up as a doctor,” said Doshi.