As treasurer of the Student Senate, Ms. Banerjee is working with fellow officers to bring about curriculum and quality-of-life changes at the College. Currently on the agenda are requests for improvements to the gym space, including more treadmills, elliptical trainers and weights. Lobbying is also underway for more elective times that would allow third-year students to try out different specialties—such as emergency medicine, trauma, intensive care—before applying for residency.
Ms. Banerjee, who is considering going into pediatrics or family medicine, modestly dismisses the suggestion that her ability to balance school and extracurricular activities (she also participates on the committee that organizes the annual Medical Student Research Forum) is anything less than super-human. "You can make the time if you want to," she says. "Just about all of my classmates are involved in something they really like. It keeps them sane."
Ms. Banerjee enjoys her involvement with the Student Senate and says it enhances what is already a profoundly satisfying medical school experience. "The thing that makes the experience for me is the people I interact with," she said. "It's a very integrative experience. It's not a group of 200 isolated students pursuing things on their own. It's a community." The community includes an "absolutely amazing" faculty, along with top tier facilities, most notably the Medical Education Center, and peers. "People are really supportive," she said. "They will take time to help you out if you ask and most of the time you don't even have to ask."