'What They Need and How I Can Help'
NYSCAS grad Sookhu's terrifying experience led him to medicine
Sanjay Sookhu planned to become a surgeon until he realized he preferred patients awake to anesthetized. “I want to interact with them, to figure out what they need and how I can help them,” says Sookhu, 25. “You can’t do that when they’re unconscious.”
Before he was in a car accident and suffered severe head injuries at 18, Sookhu, son of an internist and a laboratory technician, and brother of a cardiologist, wanted to do something - anything - different. “The surgeon sewed me up for five hours, and later stayed in my room until I fell asleep,” he says. “I knew I would become a doctor and show my patients that same level of care.”
It was no accident that Sookhu chose Touro’s New York School of Career and Applied Studies, a rigorous and rewarding environment, where he flourished. “The professors and dean took an interest in each student individually,” he says. “They sincerely wanted to help us focus on our studies so we could succeed.”
Sookhu made them proud. He graduated summa cum laude, and won an Excellence in Biology award. He chose to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine through the integrated honors track, where he found the same quality of education and collegiality. “I’ve had a great education,” says Sookhu, who will graduate this summer and plans on becoming an internist.
“That’s no small thing.”