Sahar Barfchin is a rising fourth year medical student at the University of Connecticut. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology: Neuroscience. Before entering medical school, she spent three years working in clinical research at the pediatrics department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, while teaching and tutoring science on nights and weekends.
As a member of the American Medical Student Association, Sahar served as a local Gender and Sexuality coordinator, then as the National Gender Programming Coordinator. In these roles she worked actively to spread awareness about women’s health, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights and issues in the medical student community.
On her campus, Sahar served as president of her local Medical Students for Choice chapter as well as the Physicians for Human Rights local chapter. Additionally, in response to a friend’s nationwide search for a bone marrow match, she co-founded her school’s chapter of Greatest Gift, an organ and tissue donation interest group. In the summer between her MS1 and MS2 years, she spent four weeks in rural India learning about models for comprehensive healthcare in rural environments. In her free time, Sahar enjoys yoga, running, and swimming.