Inspiring Stories

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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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Carl G. Streed Jr.

As an openly gay med student, and now physician, Carl is an advocate for LGBT health at the national policy level.

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Cesar Eber Montelongo Hernandez

Cesar couldn't apply to medical school when he first graduated from college due to his undocumented status. Now he's in a MD-PhD program and hopes to practice in the Southwest where there's a high need for Spanish-speaking physicians.

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Chanel Fischetti

Chanel's desire to become an advocate for the deaf community motivated her to apply to medical school. Her advice for overcoming obstacles along the journey to medicine is to “remember why you started."

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Chigozirim Ekeke

After being discouraged and teased about his Nigerian heritage growing up, Chigozirim shares his journey to medical school with students from his hometown.

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Christina Tull

Growing up in Indonesia, Christina noticed her community's lack of access to healthcare. When an earthquake hit her hometown, she joined the relief effort and became interested in medicine.

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Claudia Martinez

Claudia has had multiple hospitalizations, brain surgeries, and health issues throughout medical school but has finished her second year. Her advice to premeds is to never give up on your dream.

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Clay Downey

Clay had a business degree, no science prerequisites, and no experience in a health care setting, but he decided to pursue a career in medicine anyway.

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Damien M. Luviano, MD

Born with a physical handicap and growing up in poverty, Dr. Luviano overcame many obstacles to join the U.S. Army and then become an ophthalmologist.
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Danish Zaidi

Danish’s background in Divinity School led to his interest in medicine and serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Some may call his journey to medical school “unique” but Danish calls it “inspired."

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Aaron Hollis Palmer

Aaron grew up in project housing and dropped out of college twice before applying to medical school.

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Abdul Hassan

Abdul is inspired by his mother's nearly fatal medical complications and his late mentor's battle with cancer.

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Abraar Karan

Abraar explored journalism, photography, and entrepreneurship but decided on medicine so he can care for people in low-income regions of the world.

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Dani Sova

How Dani balances rabbinic studies, parenthood, and medical school.

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Diego R. Dasilva, MD

Diego, born in Brazil, was the first in his family to complete college and started off as an average student.

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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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