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10 Minutes with ...

31 May 2016

This month we speak to Dr Vikrum (Sunny) Malhotra (Medicine, Class of 2008) from Ontario, Canada but who now lives and works in New York. His career highlights to-date include being awarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award as well as the Notable Young Professional Award - Best in Healthcare.


Tell us a little about your life since graduation:
I completed cardiology in NY and since then I have pursued health technology innovation in North America along with clinical cardiology. I have been a physician advisor for multiple technology start-ups in NY and Canada as a way of improving the healthcare landscape.

I have also volunteered and fundraised for orphans in Bangladesh during the tsunami; the RCSI Red Cross society; Social Work Society; International Federation of Medical Students Association; and Avsar (Alliance of Volunteers for Service, Action and Reform) India - an American non-profit organisation in the slums of Mumbai - where I provided medical services to rural community women and slave labour children to improve their access to healthcare.


What has been the highlight of your career to date?
I received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award along with the Notable Young Professional Award - Best in Healthcare. These awards recognise individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The Notable Award also highlights contributions made to the healthcare technology community.


What advice would you give to recent graduates embarking on their career?
Find a mentor and listen to them. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. They have made the difference and are one of the major reasons I am here today.


Do you use social media in relation to your career? And, if so, why?
I am on Twitter (@drsunnymalhotra), and Linkedin (Dr. Sunny (Vikrum) Malhotra).

Twitter outreach is important to consume and contribute to news and develop focused healthcare networks. LinkedIn is a professional network to approach and engage strategic partners which is often the most underutilised.