Program: Health Sciences
Swathi Rayasam graduated from Rice University in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology (Health Sciences). She is currently a first-year medical student at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX.
While at Rice, Swathi was actively involved in research and worked with physicians and residents at the Baylor College of Medicine. She investigated heart rate variability in residents at Ben Taub Hospital and gathered findings that were suggestive of episodic tachycardia during Emergency Department shifts. Swathi presented her findings at the Rice University Research Symposium in 2018 and recently co-authored an article, "Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability in Emergency Medicine Residents on Shift," which was published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Swathi first got interested in Emergency Medicine when she started volunteering as an EMT with Rice Emergency Medical Services. Her experience with EMS helped her gain relevant, first-hand knowledge about medicine. In addition, Swathi held multiple leadership positions in various organizations during her time at Rice.
Building on her experiences at Rice, Swathi continues to be deeply invested in research and community outreach activities at UT Southwestern. She currently volunteers as a manager of a student-run free clinic for primary care patients in Dallas. She strives to channel the public health knowledge gained in her Kinesiology classes at Rice into actions that will help patients improve their health and combat preventable diseases.
In her free time, Swathi enjoys reading and performing music. She is an avid traveler and has visited several countries throughout the world with her family. She plans to pursue a career in a surgical specialty and hopes to dedicate a portion of her time in the future volunteering around the world to provide surgical care to the needy.