Current Year 3 student U Bhalraam has been presented with two prestigious awards for his upcoming Intercalated Year, which he will undertake from September 2017.
Raam was awarded the Jean Shanks Intercalated Degree Scholarship which will fund his BMSc in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine from September 2017 to June 2018. He is also recipient of the Wolfson Foundation Intercalated Degree Research Fellowship for the same academic year. This award is presented to outstanding medical students with a quality project planned for his/her Intercalated Year.
Speaking about his awards, Raam said, “I am extremely pleased to hear that I managed to secure both intercalated awards. It is indeed an overwhelming and humbling experience to be nominated for these esteemed awards, and I genuinely did not expect to be successful in both of them! This would never have been possible if not for the trust reposed in me by Professor Faisel Khan. I am eagerly looking forward to working with him and his team this September.”
As he prepares to start his Intercalated Year, working with Professor Khan on a project entitled “Investigating the role of SIK2 in the development of artherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction”, Raam says he understands the importance of gaining a strong grounding in cardiovascular medicine.
“Ischemic heart disease has led the WHO 'Top 10 Causes of Death' chart for several decades now,” he says. “Considering the continually increasing rates of cardiovascular disease, it has become ever more necessary for doctors to be further educated about this complex system.”
Following his studies, Raam’s ambition is to become a doctor specialising in cardiology, and he feels gaining research experience in this field will help him with his aspirations for the future. Aside from his upcoming foray into this field, Raam also undertook data analytics research in heart failure with Professor Chim Lang in 2016 as part of the Dundee Clinical Academic Track Vacation Studentship. This gave him the opportunity to travel to conferences, including the American College of Cardiology 66th Scientific Session & Expo in Washington D.C., for which he was awarded a number of travel grants.
Raam has also been working on data projects with Mohapradeep Mohan, who is a Research Fellow/Study Manger for the MET-REMODEL clinical trial funded by the British Heart Foundation, and has recently completed a lab-based research project on diabetes medicine with Dr Calum Sutherland.
Raam reflected, “I am also grateful to Professor Chim Lang and Mr Mohapradeep Mohan as I would not be where I am without their able guidance.”