MARILYN HAGERTY: 1 family, 3 med school gradsThe joy of graduation runs up and down the streets of Grand Forks today with high school graduations. And the joy runs rampant in one Grand Forks home where three in the family graduated this month as doctors of medicine.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
The joy of graduation runs up and down the streets of Grand Forks today with high school graduations. And the joy runs rampant in one Grand Forks home where three in the family graduated this month as doctors of medicine.
• Ashley K. Bansal from Ross University School of Medicine
• Neil K. Bansal from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
• Anita Bansal from American University of Antigua School of Medicine
The proud parents are Dr. Ashok and Sarita Bansal, who have invited friends to join them at an open house this evening. Relatives have been arriving for the big celebration. And the kitchen is stocked with foods including some of their favorite Indian dishes.
Neil, 24, says he used to go to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with his father when he was young. He liked what he saw. He liked medicine. Then, too, he admits he liked the larger television set over there.
As he progressed through Red River High School, Neil was convinced he wanted to go into medicine. He had enough credits as a junior in 2005 to jump ahead of his class and enter college. But he came back from his first year as an undergraduate at Creighton University in Omaha to graduate with his friends in 2006.
He will move on to a one-year internship with the UND Medical and Sanford program in Fargo. After that, he looks ahead to four years in training for radiology at New York University. And then, who knows? He has a feeling he would like to come back to Grand Forks.
His sister, Anita, 23, says living in the shadow of the medical world whetted her desire to become a doctor. By the time she graduated from Red River in 2007, she was sure she wanted to spend her life in medicine.
Ashley, who is the oldest of the three at 26, arrived home in Grand Forks this week after traveling in Europe. The whole family had been there together earlier celebrating with an overseas vacation and a cruise.
The celebration is on the wane. The three Bansals have more education ahead. Ashley will be entering Creighton University Medical School in Omaha as a resident in internal medicine. Anita will be also at Creighton as a resident intern in psychiatry. They say they will be at the games when UND teams come to Omaha for hockey.
The Bansal family has lived in Grand Forks since 1990. Dr. Bansal is medical director of the psychiatry department at Altru and he travels to Grafton, N.D., for appointments.
Bansal and his wife are originally from northern India. They were living in Detroit before they moved to Grand Forks. Although they say they are not very orthodox in their Hindu religion, they are able to occasionally keep connected with trips to the temple in Winnipeg.
Today, there are foods including Indian tandoori chicken. They don’t talk about an empty nest at the Bansal home. It’s just full thrust ahead for the three doctors. And the family dachshund named Bunty is there to help welcome the guests.
Reach Hagerty at email@example.com or (701) 772-1055.