After earning a BAMS—a bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery—and the requisite licensing Swarupa became chief medical officer at a holistic medicine clinic in India for four years before coming to the United States.
Q: What are you best known for?
A: I am best known for helping my friends and fellow students and my background in holistic medicine. In India, where I was born and schooled, there are degrees in areas that are not yet recognized the same way in America. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic system of healing that has existed in India for more than 5,000 years.
Q: What are you proudest of?
A: I am proudest of the fact that I was able to maintain a high level of academic performance despite being an international student from a completely different educational system.
Q: Name one thing that struck you as you were making your decision to work or study at New York Medical College.
A: I was impressed by the openness and friendliness of the teachers, the willingness of the staff to support and help students as well as the diverse cultural background of the student body.
Q: What is your next goal?
A: My next goal is to set up my own private clinic combining physical therapy with holistic treatments. I would especially like to integrate yoga, a form of Ayurvedic medicine, as well as other Ayurvedic methods to my practice. Simple approaches, including lifestyle changes, can enhance wellness and prevent diseases.
Q: What do you want prospective students to know about New York Medical College?
If you are looking for small class sizes, close attention from teachers and a supportive learning environment with plenty of opportunities to make lifelong friends, then this is the place for you.