Sandesh Raj, MD (He/Him)

  • PGY-3

I love the city of Pittsburgh, and the people of the city are a pleasure to serve. I have known the EM residents since day 1 of med school, and competence is the word that comes to mind. We have strong programs outside of EM, so we have the chance to learn from excellent specialists.

- Sandesh Raj, MD 

About Me

Hometown: Monroeville
College/University: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
 
What are your career goals?
Teaching fellowship, community practice
 
What did you do the summer before internship?
COVID and secluded myself
 
What do you like to do outside of medicine? 
Gym, video games, anime, hiking, sports cars

Reflections on the Pitt EM Program

What were you looking for in a residency program? 
A tight knit community in a fun location that checks all of the residency boxes needed to make me a good EM doc!
 
What are the strengths of the Pitt EM program? 
I love the city of Pittsburgh, and the people of the city are a pleasure to serve. I have known the EM residents since day 1 of med school, and competence is the word that comes to mind. We have strong programs outside of EM, so we have the chance to learn from excellent specialists.
 
Tell us about your residency classmates! How long did it take to connect?
It took a few days to get to know them, and the bond was solidified during our september month when all we did was hang out. Whether it is poker night, football night, or have a beer and chill night, my class is game.
 
What is one thing that surprised you about Pitt/UPMC?
How catered the learning experience is for us. We are not just a body to be used anywhere. If it is not valuable as a learning experience, we do not do it.
We have the best income/cost of living ratio that I have seen compared to all of the major programs.
We get excellent parking.

About Pitt EM and Pittsburgh

What do you like best about living in Pittsburgh/Western PA?
The little boroughs that each have a different vibe and can fit whatever mood you are in.
 
Where did you choose to live, and why?
Shadyside: it is flat with plenty of bars, gyms, and restaurants
 
Based on your experiences, what advice would you give to incoming applicants about moving to the 'Burgh?
Choose a place that feels most comfortable to you and will help you achieve your goals.