Student Spotlight: Deepro Chowdhury (c2018)

The Student Spotlight is a glimpse into the lives of McMaster medical students through portraits and storytelling. The goal is to highlight the wonderful diversity of our student body.

Photo by Darwin Chan (c2018)

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Deepro Chowdhury, a 22yr old Indian-Canadian from Ottawa, who is also c2018’s VP internal

Some of Deepro’s favourite things…

Hobby: Reading! “Whenever I can, though I have to be careful about starting a novel because I have trouble putting it down until I finish.”

Book/piece of literature: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. Recommendation: “If you enjoy reading at all you should go buy it now.”

Movie: The Last Samurai. “It taught me everything I need to know about both Japanese and American history (okay maybe not, but it did kindle my interest in those things).”

Song/album/artist: Wolfmother. “I loved their first album even though the original lineup is gone and I don’t care for any of the new releases.”

Character/superhero: “I’m a big fan of Batman. As a kid I always found him more interesting because he didn’t have any superpowers beyond an endless supply of money.”

Shocking Secret

Sometimes when I’m feeling blue I look up Youtube videos of dogs playing with babies. D’awww”

Background

Deepro came to McMaster Medicine straight out of an undergraduate education in Humanities and Biology. We dug deeper into his background and tried to pry his stories out to share with the world. But, while he really wished that he could share an inspiration story of overcoming adversity, apparently his biggest obstacle was (and still is) his love of shrinking hard work. On a scale of sloth to beaver, he thinks he’s more of a St. Bernard.

The real answer to “Why Medicine”

The following was not the answer that Deepro would have provided during his interviews. But is probably more honest than any interview answer could be.

Before high school I became an avid watcher of House, M.D. It remains one of the only shows I remember actually watching every week on TV! I loved the puzzle-solving process that House and his team engaged in and the tangible impact it had on their patients’ lives. Before watching the show I had a fairly limited understanding of the different scopes of practice available in medicine (i.e., I thought all doctors were either my family doctor or surgeons). House and his team went a long way towards broadening my understanding and seeing them in action inspired me to emulate them (excepting the Vicodin dependency and crippling emotional damage, obviously).”

Although Deepro feels like a St. Bernard, medical school has challenged him to do more. He’s become more engaged socially than before. He is our VP internal, though he confesses that “running for student council is definitely not an idea [he] would’ve entertained in high school or undergrad.” And as it turns out, he actually quite enjoys being involved… and he’s trying to figure out how that will help him in his dream of becoming his hero: Gregory House.

Power of the supporters

Deepro credits his parents and friends as “essential” in his journey to Medical School. He admits to not being “a naturally focused person” and realizes that it has been the constant encouragement of his network of supports that’s pushed him go further. In fact, he humbly suggest that his “natural laziness would have led to [him] choosing a less demanding career path (even if it would have allowed [him] to be considerably better at video games).”

Future Goals

Deepro describes his goals as “murky”. That is, he still hasn’t fully decided between medicine or surgery (he does note that “House never wielded a scalpel). However, he has decided that he would want to “move into the political arena at some later point… with health advocacy in mind.” Some comments were made about previous ministers of health that we will not sure in case this Placebo post ever comes back to haunt him in the future.

Alternate Dimension

If not medicine, Deepro would not have become a professional video gamer. Rather, he “would love to practice trial law” as he enjoys “the process of argumentation and the careful construction of arguments”. He claims: “nothing makes me happier than having a conversation with someone in which we analyze each others’ opinions and try to deconstruct them in order to sway the other person to our own positions.” And as an offhanded remark, he does admit: “Trial law would also give me an excuse to listen to my own voice for long periods of time, another one of my favourite activities.”

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