Interdisciplinary Advocate

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Although he’s just entered medical school, Kartik Telukuntla has already racked up an impressive record of public service.

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Now studying at the Miller School of Medicine, Telukuntla plans to focus on health policy issues.

In high school he organized efforts to provide personal items and other supplies needed by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and assist victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. As a sophomore at UM, he co-chaired the University’s inaugural Miami Poverty Conference. A week before the event, he presented a plan to coordinate homeless-shelter volunteer efforts by UM students at the second Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). He served as a project leader at the third CGI U, held at UM last April.

Last fall, Telukuntla was a finalist for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. “It was an honor to be part of such an accomplished group of students,” he says. “It forced me to think more about what I want to accomplish.”

As an undergraduate, Telukuntla delved into political science courses and served as chief justice of the Student Government Association and president of the Honor Council. A member of the President’s 100, Iron Arrow, and Phi Beta Kappa, he completed the Medical Scholars program with honors.

Now studying at the Miller School of Medicine, Telukuntla plans to focus on health policy issues. “I see political science as an avenue to apply medical science on a larger scale,” he says. “The best way to tackle a problem is to inspire more people to join you.”

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