Sachi Mehrotra is from San Diego, California. She attended UCLA as an undergraduate, with a major in Physiological Science and a minor in Spanish. She is currently part of the UCLA School of Dentistry Class of 2019. After graduating, she hopes to complete a residency program. In her spare time, Sachi enjoys running, practicing yoga, traveling, and attending concerts.
Why are you passionate about dentistry?
Dentistry is a perfect combination of what I want in a career. It is a unique healthcare field that combines patient care with science, medicine, and art. I like using my knowledge and critical thinking skills, along with my hands, to identify problems and carry out treatment plans that not only address the issue at hand, but aim to prevent future ones.
What do you like most about mentorship?
I enjoy helping others achieve their goals by passing along my knowledge. It's really gratifying to use my personal experiences to help guide someone through a process that I've undergone and can relate to. I also enjoy the connections that I make with people in mentee-mentory relationship and the friendships they often develop into.
- What made you want to join the HGA team?
I was fortunate to have a truly dedicated and exemplary dental mentor who guided me through the whole pre-dental process since high school, and inspired me to mentor others in the same way. Coming from a large public university as an undergraduate, I know how challenging it can be to find trustworthy counseling or even the resources to answer specific questions. HGA offers me the opportunity to use my experiences and knowledge to help others who are in a position I was in very recently.
- Has your perception of dentistry changed since starting Dental School?
It definitely has. After taking multidisciplinary classes, volunteering at clinics, and attending national dental conferences, I have learned so much about what dentistry really entails besides drilling, filling, and billing. There are so many aspects of this field that people overlook, from addressing healthcare disparities, to affecting public health policies. It is a really broad field with countless opportunities to dramatically improve people's quality of life.