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Alumni Spotlight: Alexander Dash '13
CGPS Alumni Council

The CGPS Alumni Council connected with Alexander Dash, Class of 2013. Alex is a second-year medical student at Mount Sinai. He is on track to get his M.D. and Masters in Science and Clinical Research and hopes to go into orthopedic surgery or critical care medicine. Alex studied biology at Macalester College and completed research at the Hospital for Special Surgery with Dr. Emily Stein. He is currently helping to administer COVID-19 vaccines at Mount Sinai. At CGPS, he participated in baseball and photography. 

What have you been up to?
It really is a privilege for me to be in medicine and to begin caring for people in the place that I grew up. I wake up happy every day that I chose to go into a field where there is so much rewarding work to be done. While I did not have any direct contact with COVID patients, I have spent much of the last year heavily involved in researching risk factors for infection with the virus and have been assisting with vaccine distribution at the hospital. There haven't been many areas of hope or happiness during the past year, but being onsite to give some of the first few vaccines administered in the US in late December of last year was one of the most remarkable and satisfying things I have ever been a part of. Everyone wanted their picture taken and you could feel the relief from the healthcare workers who had been surrounded by COVID for the last year--we could all see the light at the end of the tunnel. Much like everyone else, our education was greatly disrupted by the virus with almost all of our learning turning to the virtual format. It was hard to feel so disconnected from my classmates and the hospital. But being involved in these projects has shown me the impact of science and has given me great hope for the future of medicine based on the responses of my colleagues and classmates in the face of tremendous hardship.

What is one of your favorite memories at CGPS?
My favorite memories from CGPS are from the black and white photography class that I took with Mr. Stole. We used to spend so much time in his classroom and I think I was in there almost every day for 3 years. I probably still smell like the chemicals from the darkroom. One of the walls in my apartment is sprinkled with photos I took in that class. It was the first time in my life I really found a love for art and Mr. Stole cared so much about us and making sure that we enjoyed our experience in his class.

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