Arav is a London-based FY4 doctor with two firm beliefs: First, it’s not about how fast you climb to the top of the ladder, but rather how much of the view you drink in on every rung. And secondly, behind every failure lies growth.
Having experienced the direct effects that playing (and failing at) high-level sport had on his degree at university, Arav knew he needed an equivalent venture for his career. He found his answer in an inspiring elective to South America, discovering expedition medicine in the Peruvian Amazon and Chilean Andes.
A promising FY3 packed with long-awaited expedition work was curtailed due to Covid-19, but a silver lining came in the opportunity to work as a medic with marine conservation charity Sea Shepherd. The mission: an offshore campaign against illegal and unreported (IUU) fishing in Gabon. Three months at sea at the height of a global pandemic has provided innumerable opportunities to practice remote medicine, but also the headspace to reflect on themes such as human factors, growth mindsets and sustainable healthcare. Arav is beyond excited to share his experiences at #VirtualWEM20 before embarking on the remainder of a bright new-look FY4.
You can also find Arav’s Instagram on @aravgupta93 for a taster of his marine adventures. For The Oceans!