Anjali Patel

Anjali has a knack for robotics and hands-on activities, so choosing an undergraduate degree in engineering felt natural. Though she was interested in the medical field, Anjali was a bit wary about studying biology and human anatomy.

While at Mercer University, Anjali sought out STEM-based volunteer opportunities and ended up joining Go Baby Go—a club focused on providing modified ride-on cars for children with disabilities. While on a study abroad program, she taught math and science to children in Honduras. Through this program, Anjali discovered a prosthetics and orthotics club where she learned about device fabrication to apply her skills to help patients in Vietnam. It was here Anjali realized POP was a career in which she could combine her engineering skills with her interest in the medical field.

Now a student at Northwestern University prosthetics and orthotics master’s program, anatomy has become Anjali’s favorite subject. Upon graduation, she looks forward to working in patient settings—and is especially excited to help children thrive.

You can learn a lot about POP through videos and literature, but you don’t really understand what it’s all about until you experience it. If you’re at all interested in the profession, really immerse yourself.
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