Being a MEntee
The turning point in my career was meeting Dr. Satyan Lakshminrusimha, a pioneer in translational research and my role model. During my neonatology fellowship, under his guidance, I worked on both basic science and clinical research. With his vast knowledge, tremendous dedication and extraordinary hard work, Satyan constantly motivates me to become a better researcher and clinician. I urge young researchers to find supportive mentors and colleagues. I would not be where I am today without them.
Becoming a Mentor
While I still feel too young to be a mentor, my current position has given me this important opportunity. In these working relationships, I strive to incorporate the values I have learned from my past mentors. Generating trust, straightforward communication and a collegial atmosphere are my priority. I enjoy helping other doctors in training identify and achieve their goals.
Deepika Sankaran, MD, FAAP
Working with Dr. Chandrasekharan as his mentee has been an invaluable experience for me over the past 2 years. He is my mentor for research projects both in a clinical study, as well as a large animal based lab study. He has played a crucial role in helping conduct the lab research, as well as in analyzing the results, and in preparing for the platform presentation of my primary fellowship project in Eastern Society of Pediatric Research (ESPR) 2018 and Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2018. He has been an immense source of inspiration and a role model both at professional and personal levels. Dr. Chandrasekharan has provided me with the right amount of motivation along with constructive criticism and at the same time has been a devil’s advocate by giving me the tough feedback that I need in order to move forward with the research projects. He has been easily approachable and always ready to guide me by sharing his experiences during various situations, for example:1) his experiences during his presentations in national meetings as a fellow and 2) what to expect during job interviews.
Deepika is one of the best fellows in our program and has shown great enthusiasm working in the lab. She recently completed a platform presentation of her in-vivo project at the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) conference in Toronto for which a PAS travel grant was awarded. Her talk was well received and she intends to continue working in the field of neonatal resuscitation in our lab. For her last year in fellowship, she has applied for grant funding to evaluate the effect of targeting regional cerebral oxygen saturations during the resuscitation of an asphyxiated term lamb model. -Dr. Chandrasekharan
Vikash Agrawal, MD
Vikash is in the second year of his Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship. He recently chose to work with Dr. Chandrasekharan on the recently funded project: “Optimizing Chest Compressions Targeting Gas Exchange and Hemodynamics in a Transitional Cardiac Arrest Model.” Vikash has a very positive attitude in the lab. He is always willing to help, and he takes the opportunity to ask insightful questions about our translational research.
About My Career I came to US with an aim to learn and contribute to the latest developments in medicine. I got an opportunity to work on various research projects during my pediatric residency where I worked with a mentor who had a great interest and knowledge in research. There I published a few abstracts on pediatric obesity and Infant of Diabetic mother. Currently, during my Neonatology fellowship at University at Buffalo, I got an opportunity to work in animal research with mentors and colleagues who have been a part of many groundbreaking studies in the field. This has opened a whole new world for me. Currently I am working on a project on neonatal resuscitation and hope to continue this in future.
Thoughts on being mentored A good mentor is hard to find and I am lucky to have one. He has always provided me guidance and constructive feedback both on professional and personal levels. I am always amazed by his knowledge in the field and the passion and dedication he has for his patients.
20th Annual Graduate Medical Education Scholarly Exchange Day
Dr. Susheel Muralidharan, a Neonatology Fellow in 2017, won the basic science award for his poster presentation, “Optimal Crystalloid Solution (Normal Saline vs Lactated Ringers) for Post Resuscitation Neonatal Stabilization.” Dr. Muralidharan conducted his study at the Center for Developmental Biology of the Lung, under the guidance of Dr. Chandrasekharan.