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Through our Featured Member recognition, MAFP shares the experiences of members via a question-and-answer format to highlight their qualities and career pathways and showcase the variety of practice settings open to family physicians. To be featured, click the button below to answer 12 questions about yourself. Selected members will be contacted by MAFP. Questions? Email [email protected].

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Winter 2024

Jenisa Shrestha, MD

Meet Jenisa Shrestha, MD, who found inspiration in shadowing her father, a family physician and emergency physician in Nepal. Jenisa Shrestha,MD

Dr. Shrestha attended Nepal Medical College in Kathmandu, Nepal, and is completing her residency at the McLaren-Flint/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She is matched to the Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Tennessee for 2024-2025. 

What led you to a career in family medicine and was your path inspired by a particular person or event? My parents are my greatest inspiration. Growing up in the shadow of a Family/Emergency Physician, I observed my father's unwavering commitment and expertise in positively impacting the lives of patients during their most vulnerable moments, which never failed to amaze me. Sharing the journey with him, I gained firsthand experience in healthcare across both tertiary and rural areas of Nepal. Witnessing the profound impact of limited healthcare access and poverty on many lives was disheartening. Hearing heart-rending stories of individuals who experienced tragic losses due to preventable conditions or not having timely access to healthcare facilities deeply touched me. These experiences made me aware of the health disparities and social discrimination, guiding my path toward a career in family medicine. 

What has been the most unique aspect/experience of your practice or training thus far? The diverse range of experiences that come with this field. From the relief of hearing a baby cry right after birth to the gurgly chuckles of the infant and the giggles of a toddler during the examination, each moment is special. Being a trustworthy ear to an adolescent navigating the challenges, practicing an array of pathologies, and holding hands to bring hope and toothless smiles to the elderly – I have cherished every aspect of my journey in Family Medicine. Above all, the relationships and trust that I have built with the people along the way have been truly rewarding and fulfilling.

What advice would you give your student or resident self? If I were to advise my student or resident self, I would say listen to your inner voice that allows you to align your choices with your true values and aspirations.

What is one professional skill you're currently working on? Ultrasound skills. 

Why is it important for you to be a member of MAFP & AAFP? MAFP and AAFP have provided a great platform to learn more about Family Medicine and its scope. I have got opportunities to attend and present in the National and Local Conferences and learn from the experts in the field. Serving on the Student and Resident Education Committee of the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan has refined my leadership skills.

What book/podcast/Neflix series are you currently enjoying? I just finished watching "Young Sheldon."  It's a cool mix of humor and intelligence and portrays family dynamics. Everyone in it nailed their roles, and it feels so real. Can't wait for the next season to get released.

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? If I had one superpower, I would have made a "Potion of Positivity."

Is there anything else you would like everyone to know about you? Absolutely! I'm passionate about medicine and thrive on the challenges and responsibilities it brings. Beyond the demanding world of medicine, I find immense joy in fostering meaningful connections. For me, balancing professional commitments with nurturing personal relationships is key to a fulfilling and sustainable career in medicine.