An Indian-origin doctor, Arpan Doshi, 21, has become the youngest physician in the UK to begin working at a hospital in York in north-east England.
Mr. Doshi, who will beat the previous record for the youngest doctor to start work in the country by 17 days, completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Sheffield on 17th July, 2017. His age then was 21 years and 335 days. The record for the youngest doctor to begin work was previously held by Rachael Faye Hill who graduated with a medical degree from Manchester University when she was 21 years and 352 days in 2010.
Mr. Doshi, who had his primary education at a local school in Gandhinagar in Gujarat till he was 13 years old, will begin his two-year-long training period as a junior doctor at York Teaching Hospital starting in August, 2017. Impressed with his credentials, the University of Sheffield provided him a scholarship worth 13,000 pounds. Besides receiving financial support from his parents, Doshi also worked part-time as a lunch supervisor at a local school and in the careers service to fund his education.
"I didn't realise I was the youngest person to qualify until a friend checked on the internet. I haven't even told my parents yet but I know they will be very proud," says the Indian-origin young doctor. "My dream is to become a heart surgeon but it is a very competitive field. It is not really a surprise I have ended up as a doctor," Doshi says further.