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Student Profile: Alex Menachery | News

In summer 2024 Alex Menachery has been studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)—part of the admissions process for Biological Sciences/Osteopathic Medicine (BS/DO) students. But a few years ago, this standard exam for prospective medical students was not yet on his academic horizon.

“I hated the idea of ​​going into medicine,” he says. Growing up, Menachery was surrounded by many relatives who worked in the medical field, and they all urged him to follow in their footsteps. At first, he was intimidated by the idea of ​​entering their profession. It wasn’t until he took advanced biology in high school that he discovered his love for science and his perspective on his future career changed.

“I am now pursuing a medical degree with the goal of not only helping others live healthier lives, but also advancing healthcare overall by improving the quality of doctor-patient interactions,” he says. “Many diseases are misdiagnosed due to doctors’ overloaded schedules. By scheduling fewer, longer patient appointments, these patients can have higher quality interactions during their office visits.”

Menachery is excited to take advantage of New York Tech’s accelerated degree program, which may allow him to become a doctor in as little as seven years—a key reason he chose this university for his graduate education.

As he begins his third year of study—his final two semesters before transferring to the College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM)—Menachery is embarking on a leadership career as the newly elected president of the Long Island Student Government Association (SGA).

Although he has served on the boards of other campus organizations, including vice president for Delta Epsilon Psi and president of the fundraising group Project Sunshine, no organization has challenged him to get involved on campus and step out of his comfort zone more than his new role with SGA. Now, he represents not just a small group of peers, but an entire student body as he communicates with administration and faculty to create positive change on campus.

“One of my biggest goals is to offer more events that students can enjoy outside of the classroom,” he says of his to-do list as president. “I see a lot of students who come to school just for class and then leave because they don’t know about the events on campus. Having more school-wide events and informing students about such events is important to me.”

While juggling his academic goals and extracurricular commitments, Menachery finds joy in life’s simple pleasures, like cooking, playing cards, and relaxing with a round of golf. These hobbies help the future doctor keep his cool as he aims to work as a pediatrician specializing in immunology or endocrinology.

“Be open to all new experiences,” Menachery advises. “In college, I took the plunge and started participating in activities I enjoyed, and that worked out well. And don’t be afraid to talk to others, especially people outside your major – you never know who you might meet.”