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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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Jessica Means

Jessica Means

Jessica shares how she balances going to medical school and being a professional pianist.
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Juliet Siena Okoroh

Juliet Siena Okoroh

Juliet, a first generation immigrant to the U.S., started off working her way through community college and took two years off before medical school.
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Julio Mendoza

Julio Mendoza

Chronic pain and hospitalizations exposed Julio to medicine at a young age, now he wants to use his experiences to help others.
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Justin Mauser

Justin's two unsuccessful application cycles allowed him to have gap year experiences that confirmed medicine was right for him, including becoming an EMT, scribing, and doing a cross-country bike tour for charity.
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Kanani Titchen

Kanani Titchen

How Kanani applies the skills learned through the arts and her experience working with at-risk youth to her career in medicine.
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Kelly Cawcutt, MD

Dr. Cawcutt, who was a first generation college student, says her story proves that it does not matter who you are or what your background is – you can succeed at becoming a physician.
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Kendrick Williams

After shadowing radiation oncologists, Kendrick decided to change careers to pursue medicine thanks to the support of his wife and daughter.
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Kevin Pho

Kevin Pho, MD

Dr. Pho explains how he divides his day between blogging, writing for mainstream publications, seeing patients, and spending time with his family.
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Kofi Mensah

Kofi's work with children with terminal illnesses led him to pursue an MD and a PhD

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Kristian Black

As a first generation college student and an African American male from the deep south, Kristian was inspired by the need for more diversity in medicine.
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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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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

Lynne Holden, MD

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

Marciana Lee Laster

Marciana balances competing in Miss America pageants with attending medical school.
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