OMSA MEDICAL STUDENT OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER - CHINTAN DAVE

Chintan is an enthusiastic, passionate, and inquisitive medical student, who also happens to be one of the nicest people I know. I have always been impressed with his ability to handle the stresses of medical school and now, clerkship, as he continues to juggle countless extra-curriculars, research, and hobbies.

Since a young age, Chintan has been passionate about global health, which has grown to now include an ambitious drive to improve patient care locally too. In the past, he has done international volunteering, started a global health initiative in partnership with WHO, and has attended conferences to continually augment his knowledge and experiences within global health.

More recently, Chintan went to Tanzania for a medical caravan mission with CACHA and Pamoja Women’s Centre in Kilimanjaro, where their main goal was to provide equity in medical care in rural parts of Tanzania and especially to its women. He will be also be doing a research project aimed at developing a cross-cultural medical elective for clinical clerks.

Through clerkship, he remains fervently in pursuit of his goals. Recently, he met with the Chaplin at KGH and the Chief of Staff to discuss experiences of medical students with regards to errors in patient management. He hopes to improve the current standard of patient safety at KGH and the patient experience program that was implemented recently.

Chintan’s incessant thirst for knowledge shows itself in his excellent performances in clerkship, as noted by staff and residents, and his pursuit of research.

As if this was not enough, while on his Surgery rotation, he played in an Ottawa cricket league, as he has for the past 10 years. I admire his enthusiasm, passion, and his friendship, as, despite all of his commitments, he has remained my daily gym partner and a good friend. His impressive involvement and drive, excellent performance in clerkship, all while maintaining these essential personal qualities, make him deserving of this award.