Meet Raj Dasgupta, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, assistant professor of clinical medicine, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine

Dr. Dasgupta is the associate program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship and the assistant program director of Internal Medicine residency program. His mission in life is to educate patients, students and aspiring doctors for better patient care.

Here’s what you won’t fine on his resume:

This is his dream career.

“When I was growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to combine teaching, entertaining and patient care together.”

Michael Jordan was his inspiration.

“I always admired how Michael Jordan was never afraid of any challenge. It was inspiring to see that he could carry the team on his shoulders if necessary. I find I have similar traits to Michae l— like my competitiveness.”

He’s got a knack for the arts and education.

“I enjoy teaching and have taught the first 3 steps of the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) and Internal Medicine board review around the world. I am also working on my book, “Medicine Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls.” I have been fortunate enough to be called in as an expert to appear on various media platforms, including the TV show, ‘The Doctors.’”

Motivation and curiosity are key to his success.

“Medicine is such a humbling field. There is always something I learn everyday to help my patients. In order to be a great mentor to my students, I have to be motivated to actively learn because my students, residents and fellows are only getting smarter.”

His career drive could be described as unstoppable.

“The hardest part of my day is when I need to stop working. This includes reading journals, preparing lectures, writing for articles and teaching others.”

Furthering the next generation of medical experts is important to him.

“I chose to work with Keck Medicine of USC, an academic medical center, because I have a passion for teaching and have always been a believer in life-long learning. The most rewarding moment of my day is when I have made a positive difference in patient care. I find it very gratifying when a medical student, resident or fellow learns something new or appreciates the effort I put in to my teaching.”

Say ‘hi’ if you see him around the medical center.

“If we had to cross paths in the hospital, I would be very easy for you to get along with. I find myself to be a non-intimidating, friendly and very positive person.”

Like-minded individuals keep him engaged.

“Being around others that have the same passion for learning, teaching and patient care inspires me and helps me feel like I am fulfilling my purpose in life.”

Dr. Dasgupta is the assistant program director of the Internal Medicine residency program.

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