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There's a story behind every application. Read about some of the inspiring journeys others have made from applicant to medical student to physician.

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Dipika Gaur

As someone who retook the MCAT exam and took several gap years before medical school, Dipika reminds pre-meds that their path to medical school may not be a straight line.

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Sotonye Douglas

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.

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Osose Oboh

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.

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Bridger Rodoni

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.

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V. Antoine Keller

V. Antoine Keller, MD

A cardiac doctor shares his journey in hopes of encouraging more minority students to become doctors.

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Renee Ridley

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.

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Rev. Suzanne Watson

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.

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Mike Hoaglin

Mike Hoaglin

After working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington, D.C., Mike helped create a chapter of AcademyHealth at the University of Pennsylvania - to promote health services research and policy among students at the school.

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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.

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Norm Thagard

Norm Thagard, MD

Dr. Thagard draws upon his medical education and Vietnam combat experience to work at NASA.

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Jeff Mahlum

Jeff Mahlum

Following an injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down, Jeff wasn't sure if he'd be able to go to medical school, but he continued to pursue his dream.

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Kyle Gospodarek

Kyle survived multiple surgeries and a stroke during medical school, but ultimately graduated in 2016. He says, "It was an absolutely grueling experience, but I would still do it all over again.

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Connie Mariano

Connie Mariano, MD

Dr. Mariano served nine years at the White House where she was physician to three sitting American Presidents.

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David Parker

David Parker, MD

A team physician for the Washington Redskins, Dr. Parker describes how his father inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.

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Eric Zuniga

Eric Zuniga

University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, 2019 His father's illness inspired Eric to leave his engineering career to pursue medicine.

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