He’s the first in his family to graduate high school (as salutatorian); first to attend college (at The University of Texas at Austin); first to earn a degree (bachelor’s, biology and business); first to enter medical school; and, now, the first to earn both a medical degree (from Dell Medical School) and a Master of Business Administration (from the McCombs School of Business).
Anish Patel emphasizes that it helps to be the firstborn. His younger brother, a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas, soon will complete his bachelor’s in electrical engineering.
Meanwhile, Patel is preparing to embark on his next chapter: residency training in urology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
While attending Dell Med, Patel embraced the Leading EDGE (Essentials, Delivery, Growth, Exploration) curriculum, where students teach each other through case studies, explore art to foster empathy, apply knowledge by caring for their patients and the community and more — all enhanced by a strong focus on value-based care and health systems science. The goal is to graduate doctors who are well-equipped to transform how people get and stay healthy.
Patel particularly liked tackling complex projects alongside students in nursing, pharmacy, social work and other fields. “Teamwork has taught me to appreciate the importance of delegating tasks, recognizing others’ skills and understanding strengths each member brings to a team,” he says.
This same appreciation helped him successfully manage business challenges in his MBA classes.
“I’ve also learned the importance of good communication skills, of communicating in a timely manner, resolving conflicts, setting and making deadlines, navigating around obstacles, all that,” Patel says.
Patel expects the things he’s learned to help him become a urologist in private practice or at a large academic medical center. He looks forward to the opportunity to mentor graduates following him.
“This is an opportunity to do something special, to take care of folks, build relationships with them, entwine my education with my love for people — and help develop the next generation of physicians after me.”
Patel’s medical education was supported by the Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Endowed Medical Scholarship.