Hello everyone! My name is Meera Patel. I recently graduated from medical school. (I suppose I may introduce myself with a “Dr.” prefix, but I prefer just plain ol’ Meera.) I’m originally from California, but I have quite the international experience. My medical degree is from Australia with 2 years of clinical rotations in America. It was interesting to see both paper-based medical care and EMR-based care during my med school years.
I would describe my employment history prior to medical school as “exploratory” - over 3 years in research in numerous and vastly different fields (breastcancer benchwork/quantitative, health services/qualitative, public health); 1+ business management experience from starting a private IT consulting company a decade ago; 1 year of nonprofit experience where my major roles were in medical communications and management. I’ve traveled a bunch in between and lived in Nepal and Kenya. Now, I am currently working in liver transplant research at a private hospital in New Orleans.
I learned about big data and bioinformatics just a few weeks ago - my research supervisor mentioned “R” and I’ve been teaching myself programming and statistics ever since! It has been a whirlwind romance between data and I. I’m hoping that I can help liver transplant surgeons develop strong, relevant conclusions from EHR data on their patients over the last 10 years. I joined OHDSI to start developing on my primitive but rapidly growing skills in the area - by helping out with projects and via mentorship. I’m looking forward to getting to know some people who are as passionate about data as I am!