There's a story behind every application. Read about some of the inspiring journeys others have made from applicant to medical student to physician.
Deena Ragab Mohamed
Her sister's cancer diagnosis, an unsuccessful first application cycle, and a pivot to study aviation were all milestones along Deena’s path to medicine. Deena encourages aspiring applicants to ‘never take no for an answer’ and make resilience your superpower.
Bridger decided becoming a doctor would allow him to have a bigger impact in improving the health and wellness of people in his home state of Montana.
Sotonye’s journey to medical school was one of resilience, determination, and perseverance. Her advice to applicants is to do your research, find mentors aligned with your goal, and use your support system when you feel defeated.
Mary Becker Rysavy
Witnessing the health disparities in his community motivates Michael to want to practice in urban areas.
Navin is inspired by his parents who immigrated to the U.S. and made sacrifices so that he and his brother could pursue the American dream.
Nicholas encourages pre-meds to explore interests outside of medicine because they will make you a better doctor and person in the long run.
Nicole Barainca Smith
Nicole left her job in business to go back to school to complete her medical school prerequisites. Now as a medical student and mother of two, she wants to tell other parents it's possible.
Ogochukwu Marietta Ezeoke
Motivated by a personal family experience with cancer, Ogochukwu is pursuing oncology and medical research.
A daughter of immigrants, Osose witnessed the complexities of navigating the healthcare system from an early age and felt called to pursue a career in medicine.
Pavan on why he's glad he took time to get a master's degree before medical school, and the importance of doing activities because you're passionate about them, not just because you think they'll look good on your application.
Rebecca M. Lynch
Rebecca, who has dyslexia and struggled with general chemistry, says her biggest obstacle was overcoming self-doubt. She wants to remind premeds that no one expects you to be perfect and not to give up.
After working as a nurse and professor for 30 years, and taking the MCAT exam 5 times, Renee is in medical school pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
The Rev. Suzanne Watson
After a career in the church, Suzanne decided to pursue medicine at the age of 48. She says you're never too old to live your dreams.