Each month, we spotlight a graduate of EPHS to check up on how things are going in his or her life. This month, we focus on Apurv Gupta, the valedictorian of the class of 1985. While a student at EPHS, Dr. Gupta received a number of honors including awards for math and science.
What did you go on to do after leaving EPHS and what are you doing currently?
I joined an 8-year medical program at Brown University; did a Masters in Public Health at Harvard University along the way; and completed training in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Subsequently pursued a variety of clinical (Hospitalist – Internal Medicine in the hospital setting), administrative (Medical Director of a Hospitalist Program), and entrepreneurial (CEO of an Internet startup company) roles in healthcare, and am currently Chief Medical Officer at Quincy Medical Center.
What are your most memorable experiences from EPHS?
Made some great friends that I managed to stay in touch with for some years. Many of the teachers were very dedicated to their students. Enjoyed participating in some of the extracurricular activities, such as Spanish Club, and Camera Club.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would have pursued a career in management earlier in my life, and would have liked to major in Psychology and Philosophy in college. These are all fields that I got exposed to later in life, and yet have somehow become the ones that I am most passionate about, and also where I feel that I have the greatest potential.
How has the education you had at EPHS helped you succeed in life?
I learned how to work hard and excel. Probably worked harder in high school than at any point in my life. It gave me the confidence and skills to make it in the world.
What is some advice you would give to current EPHS students?
Education is an investment, the more you put in earlier in life, the more it yields later in life. Don't be afraid of hard work. Pursue what you are passionate about, and strive to always keep improving – that is the surest path to success.