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Dextrocardia Podcast Episode 11: Kerthy Sugunathevan - what happens in the Portland 5th semester?

Posted by Scott Harrah
February 01, 2021

UMHS basic science students often wonder what it’s like once they leave St. Kitts for the pre-clinical semester in Portland, ME. Clinical student, Kerthy Sugunathevan, talks about this transition and answers all of your burning questions about what happens in the Portland 5th semester in Dextrocardia Podcast Episode 11 (airing tomorrow, Feb 2).

Since graduating from the University of Guelph in Canada, Kerthy has connected her passion for health and wellness with community engagement. She has done mission work in Nicaragua, Bali and India and created the health outreach organization @umhs.becausewecare.

Kerthy co-hosts the Dextrocardia podcast with fellow media ambassador Nihal Satyadev.

The desire to help others is one of the foundations of medicine, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“My dream is to leave the world a little better than I found it by working to protect the human population from disease and helping to better people with the knowledge to make healthy decisions,” she said.

Follow Kerthy on Instagram at @keke2691 or email her at

Dextrocardia features interviews with fellow medical students, medical school faculty, and medical practitioners on everything from how to succeed in medical school, to fighting racial inequality in medicine and how medical students are working in the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement.

Episodes are released every other Tuesday. Dextrocardia is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Podbean.

Listen and subscribe to Dextrocardia:

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(Top photo): UMHS student Kerthy Sugunathevan. Photo: Courtesy of Kerthy Sugunathevan.



Posted by Scott Harrah

Scott is Director of Digital Content & Alumni Communications Liaison at UMHS and editor of the UMHS Endeavour blog. When he's not writing about UMHS students, faculty, events, public health, alumni and UMHS research, he writes and edits Broadway theater reviews for a website he publishes in New York City,

Topics: Feature Podcasts

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