University of Pittsburgh

Student Profiles

Utsav Bansal, Class of 2016

HOMETOWN: Rochester, New York


BACKGROUND: University of Pittsburgh ’11 (Main Campus)

Neuroscience Major with Concentrations in Global Health & a Spanish minor

English Teaching Assistant, Spanish Ministry of Education- Madrid, Spain

Why did you choose Pitt Med?: The reason why I chose PittMed are abound. First of all, when I came to visit, the professors and students were very welcoming and I felt that Pitt was a school where I could really fit in and flourish at the same time. When talking with professors, I didn’t feel like a student, but rather respected as a doctor-in-the-making.

It was the academics and the research possibilities that also drew me to the school. In coming to Pitt, I knew I would be surrounded by world-renowned professors and exceptional students- students who are not only intellectually driven, but who have other interests also. As I am also interested in research, I knew I would be able to get involved in the latest, cutting-edge research.

Also, the city of Pittsburgh goes without mention. Pittsburgh offers a niche for every interest be it for the sports fans or the salsa dancers.

What do you do when you’re not studying?: I take full advantage of the times I am not studying. My friends and I explore the city of Pittsburgh and everything it has to offer. From the concerts to the various districts, there is a lot to do. As eating is one of my favorite pastimes, we eat out a lot and like to check out the restaurant scene in Pittsburgh!


Favorite place/thing to do in Pittsburgh: Two of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are (1) to go the Duquesne Incline to catch an amazing view of the city both during the day and at night and (2) enjoy the great night life Pittsburgh has in the Southside.


Favorite Educational Experience at Pitt Med: The most rewarding educational experiences have always been having the opportunity to meet with patients with a particular disease (be it Marfan Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome, or cancer patients) and understanding how it has transformed their lives. After learning about a disease, meeting patients makes the experience very real and also helps in understanding the manifestation of the disease.

One of the great things about PittMed is that our experiences with patients starts from the first week of school and lasts throughout our academic career.

On a different note, one of my favorite experiences was when my IPE (Introduction to Physical Examination) partner tried to check my liver on my left side. I couldn’t stop laughing the entire class.

Favorite Pitt Med Event: My favorite Pitt Med event is the PittMed Talent Show as you get to see what your classmates’ talents are and also cheer them on! I would have never known some of my friends were so talented.


Favorite Food in Scaife Cafeteria: The waffle fries from the “Scaifeteria” are the best. After a long night of studying, their waffle fries just hit the right spot.


Favorite Book/Movie/Album/Artist: My favorite artist is Salvador Dali. His craziness gives his viewers a different interpretation of the world.

Book: Salt: A World History

Movie: “Gone in 60 seconds”

Favorite Pitt Med memory: I loved orientation week. The week was full of various activities and fun and it was great to explore the city with new friends. In addition, the week was followed by the “Introduction to Being a Physician” Course, which was an amazing introduction to medical school and what it means to become a doctor.


If you could be a contestant on any game show, which would you choose?: I would choose to be on the ‘Price is Right’. Although Bob Barker is no longer the host, the show is still a lot of fun to watch and I would love to try my chance at winning a new car!


Favorite Word in Pittsburghese: Besides the commonly known “yinz”, my second favorite Pittsburghese word is “N’at”, which means “and all of that”. The first time I heard it, I had to ask the person three times what he was trying to say.


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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.