Simar Bajaj: Our 2016-2017 Essay Contest Winner!

A junior at the Harker School in San Jose, California, Simar Bajaj discovered his fascination with medicine when his uncle, a radiologist in the US Air Force, was deployed to Afghanistan. His stories of treating US Air Force members as well as Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters inspired Simar because it showed him that medicine treats everyone equally, whether it be friend or foe, because they are human. The AP science classes that he has taken as well as the extensive shadowing he has done, from fields like ophthalmology to orthopedic surgery, have reinforced his passion for medicine. Following this enthusiasm, he became the president of the Medical Club and the Students Partner with Veterans Club at his school. Outside the classroom, Simar loves to volunteer with the Foothill Community Health Center, providing free glucose and blood pressure screenings to uninsured members of his community. He also began a medical blog ( where he writes a post every other week to spread health literacy and awareness. Simar’s interests also lie in topics other than medicine. For instance, Simar has played on the varsity tennis team for three years and is a Thespian, playing lead roles in Treasure Island and The Murderous Mansion of Mr. Uno.