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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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Isiah Duggan

Isiah initially struggled academically, but was inspired by his parents who believed with hard work, he could achieve any dream he set his mind to. Today he is a first-year medical student at UCSF along with his twin brother.   

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Issac Duggan

Witnessing family illness, shadowing physicians, and working as a paramedic inspired Issac to pursue a career in medicine.

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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. 

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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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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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Leslie Pensa

Leslie was diagnosed with ADHD during her first year of medical school and wants to remind others to never be afraid to ask for help.

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Luis E. Seija

As someone who took the MCAT exam five times and applied to medical school twice, Luis wants pre-meds to know there's no recipe for a perfect applicant and there's no point in comparing yourself to your peers.

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Lynne Holden, MD

Dr. Lynne Holden is the co-founder and President of Mentoring in Medicine, Inc.®

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Marianne Seneczko

Marianne was inspired to serve in U.S. Military Medical Corps after volunteering at a military hospital in Ukraine during her Fulbright Fellowship.

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Marius I. Chukwurah

Marius was inspired by his parents who immigrated from Nigeria, and the doctor who stabilized his scoliosis.

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Mary Becker Rysavy

Mary describes her work with the American Medical Women’s Association and addresses the unique concerns that face women in medicine.
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Michael On'Gele

Witnessing the health disparities in his community motivates Michael to want to practice in urban areas.

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Navin Kesari

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.

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Nicholas Beam

Nicholas encourages pre-meds to explore interests outside of medicine because they will make you a better doctor and person in the long run.

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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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