In 2015, Manuel was awarded an accelerated MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health. During his time at Mailman he excelled in the intensive Accelerated program and completed what is meant to be two years of an academic load in one. In 2013, he graduated from New York Medical College (NYMC) Internship program, where he fulfilled a yearlong core clinical clerkship at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. The Internship program was a joint program between his medical school Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, which granted him the degree of Physician and Surgeon, and NYMC.
Manuel volunteered at the Mexican Red Cross between his medical studies where he provided direct primary care to the destitute population in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Jalisco. In 2005, he graduated from California State University – Long Beach with a Bachelor’s of Art in Anthropology and a focus of Applied/Physical Anthropology. Applied Anthropology provided the realization, analysis and knowledge of the importance on how public policies are developed and implemented on society as a whole with a focus on health, growth and development.
Treasurer and member of Chicano/Latino for Community Medicine, during his undergrad, a school funded academic organization. As treasurer, he personally kept the organization financially funded by dealing with the university student body which consisted of filing permits, applications and presentations to assure that the activities abided by the rules and regulations.