Prianka Kandhal, M.D.
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
A little about myself. . .
Until residency, I had never lived outside of Georgia. I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and went to college at Emory University, where I majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in Global Health, Culture, and Society. I had wanted to be a "dokter" since kindergarten, so after I graduated, I headed to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
With years of tutoring and babysitting under my belt, I went into medical school dead-set on pediatrics, but while I was there, I got my first exposure to the emergency department and loved it. I spent some time torn between the two specialties and debating the merits of doing a PEM (pediatric emergency medicine) fellowship, but fortunately, shortly thereafter, I learned about the combined pediatrics and emergency medicine residency program.
This program caters to both my goofy Disney-loving inner 5-year-old and my hyperactive inner adrenaline junkie and I couldn't be happier to have matched here. Everyone has already been so welcoming and there's a huge emphasis on teaching on both sides. Also, Baltimore is a fun, diverse place to live with an underserved patient population and high acuity pathology.
When I'm not in the hospital, I like spending time outdoors, rock climbing, hiking, playing board games, going to concerts, and keeping up with my reading goal of 50 (non-medical!) books a year.