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Malav Patel

Class of 2018

Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles

Malav Patel graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in biology. He began his undergraduate journey by staying involved in his hometown as a counselor at Camp Crystal Lake and joining several campus organizations, including pre-medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon and Together Educating & Advocating Community Health (T.E.A.C.H.), a program that provides health education and mentoring to at-risk populations in Los Angeles. Additionally, he was a volunteer at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Malav also became highly involved in research. He helped conduct studies on a trait affected by ADHD and addiction called reversal learning in mice, the effects of chronic alcohol exposure on risk-taking behavior in rats, and he performed an independent field biology project on behavior in white-faced monkeys while studying abroad in Costa Rica. He went on to be inducted into Mortar Board National Honor Society and became trained as an EMT. After graduating from college, Malav chose to gain additional clinical experience as an ophthalmic technician at Retina Specialty Institute. Outside of academics, Malav enjoys playing tennis and being a member of his local running club. He chose to attend the Florida State University College of Medicine because of its strong emphasis on patient-centered care.