Manoj Bupathi, a sophomore at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a student in the university’s Albert Dorman Honor’s College, will begin medical school in the fall after studying just two years at NJIT. Bupathi, biology major, will attend St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada.
Two years ago, Bupathi, of East Brunswick, was accepted into NJIT’s Honors College by way of an accelerated program in which students spend three years at NJIT and then proceed to medical school. But Bupathi, 20, will leave that program a year early for medical school since he took college-credit courses before enrolling at the Honors College; he also took summer courses at NJIT. The Dorman Honors College offers special classes, lectures and curricula to some of NJIT’s brightest students.
Bupathi intends to one-day work as both a cardiologist and a surgeon.
“The heart is the greatest of all the organs, and the most pivotal one,” Bupathi said. “I need to start medical school right away since it will take me so many years of schooling to become a cardiologist and a surgeon.”
Bupathi chose St. George’s Medical School because it allows students to begin early, he said. Being in Grenada will also allow him to study tropical illnesses, he added.
Bupathi was born in India and came to America when he was 7. His parents, both of who work as scientists, eventually settled in East Brunswick; Bupathi graduated from East Brunswick High School.
“I have a passion for medicine,” he said, “and I’m really eager to get started with medical school. Medicine is what motivates me.”
David Reibstein, Ph.D., associate dean of the Honors College, said that Bupathi is typical of most Honors students: “they know what they want, they are internally motivated and they rely on us in the Honors College to simply help them reach their goals.”