Meet the New Course Director: Deepak Gupta, M.D., Neural Science
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Delhi, India.
Where did you attend medical school and complete your residency and fellowship?
I graduated from the University of Delhi and completed a neurology residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I then finished a two-year fellowship in movement disorders at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
What attracted you to your specialty?
Neuroscience was always a passion in medical school, and I had planned to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. However, the personal experience of seeing a close family member get diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease reignited my interest in continuing to practice medicine. Ultimately, I decided to reconcile my long-standing passion for neuroscience with the newly-found personal motivation of becoming a movement disorders neurologist. Fortunately, I have been able to do so through my neurology residency, which included a dedicated research track, and a fellowship in movement disorders, and now as a physician-scientist.
What do you like about teaching future medical students?
The most exciting aspect of teaching future medical student is to be able to feel like a medical student again! In every day clinical practice, we get so used to the principles and facts of medicine that we forget how amazing it was to get to know the structure and function of the human body, and translate it to understanding and treating diseases, in medical school. Teaching medical students gives me an opportunity to relive those moments and reminds me of the reason why medicine still remains relevant.
What are your goals as a Neural Science course director?
My ultimate goal as the Neural Science (NS) course director is to make NS one of the most exciting and interesting courses to take for all medical students at the Larner College of Medicine. My priorities will be to maximally convert the NS curriculum to active learning style of teaching, and align the NS curriculum activities even better within the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) framework. I also would like to ensure that the course has a distinct focus on preparing medical students for the USMLE Step 1 examination, and that the independent learning material is not too burdensome on students. To this end, I look forward to engaging with the medical students in the coming months for planning of the NS course in 2019.
What else should we know about you?
I live in South Burlington with my wife, Rashmi Gupta, and our three-year-old daughter, Anika.