Ashtin Jeney

Ashtin is a first generation college graduate from a rural community who is interested in public health and health policy.

Ogochukwu Marietta Ezeoke

Motivated by a personal family experience with cancer, Ogochukwu is pursuing oncology and medical research.

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.

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.

Aaron Hollis Palmer

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

Sarah Mongiello Bernstein

Sarah talks about overcoming her illness and tells others that it's okay get to medical school on their own timeline.

Allison Lyle

Allison got accepted on her fourth application to medical school. She shares mistakes from her first three applications and how she stayed motivated.

Amanda Colbert

Amanda talks about the importance of supportive family and friends and not giving up on medical school.

Subha Hanif

Subha founded a women’s health seminar for female Bangladeshi-Americans to help mitigate health disparities and to promote the prevention of disease.

Edmond Irankunda

Growing up as a refugee in Africa, Edmond was motivated by the need for health care. During nursing school, he wanted to keep learning so he decided to pursue medical school.

Eric Zuniga

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

Jaclyn Dovico

Jaclyn left her career in finance to pursue a career in medicine. Now she balances medical school with being a parent.

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.

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.

Tyler Mains

Feeling limited in his role as a teacher, Tyler decided to pursue medicine to help those without easy access to health care.

Wells LaRivière

Wells found inspiration in his experience as a patient of polycystic kidney disease and receiving a kidney transplant at age 17.

Adam Aponte, MD

Dr. Aponte shares stories about his underprivileged background on a radio show in New York City.

Julio Mendoza

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

V. Antoine Keller, MD

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

Okey Enyia

Okey explains how cultivating a love for reading, surrounding himself with positive people, and minimizing distractions helped him realize his dream of becoming a doctor.

Jacquelyn K. Francis

Growing up in St. Lucia, Jacquelyn witnessed social and economic hardships that inspired her to become a physician.

Marciana Lee Laster

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

Mary Becker Rysavy

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

Sunny Jha

How Sunny gained admission into medical school despite his below average GPA.

Ricci Regina Rivera Sylla

Ricci was rejected the first time she applied to medical school. Luckily, a program at her state's medical school helped her figure out why she didn't get in.

Blake Charlton

After "riding the short bus to second grade," Blake was inspired to overcome his disability, publish a novel for young disabled people, and then go to medical school.

Abdul Hassan

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

Lynne Holden, MD

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

Connie Mariano, MD

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

Amber Rae Wang

Because of her interest in biology, law enforcement, and death investigation, Amber knew in high school she wanted to be a forensic pathologist.

Dani Sova

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

Shani Muhammad

How Shani and her husband coordinate their schedules so that she can achieve her dreams of being a great parent and doctor.

Verne' Rochford

Verne' achieved her goals of going to medical school despite becoming a single teenage mother.

Kofi Mensah

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

Elizabeth Phillips

After studying biomedical engineering, Elizabeth changed directions to pursue medicine and complete a dual MD/MA in bioethics, specializing in emergency medicine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anthony R. Rodriguez, MD

Dr. Rodriguez discusses his earliest mentors and influences and offers guidance for aspiring doctors.

Alex Gannon

As a gay and transgender med student, Alex tells applicants it's okay to be themselves when applying and selecting a medical school.

Michael On'Gele

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

Damien M. Luviano, MD

Born with a physical handicap and growing up undocumented, Dr. Luviano overcame many obstacles to become an ophthalmologist.

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...

Rob Sellers

After his grandparents became sick, Rob left his investment banking career to pursue medicine before ever taking a college-level science course.

Ryan Gamlin

After having a career on the business side of medicine, Ryan decided he wanted to become a doctor to make a real impact on people and communities.

Kanani Titchen

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

Jessica Means

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

Cheri Blauwet

After overcoming a spinal cord injury, Cheri decided that she was not sick or flawed because she moved around on wheels instead of on two feet. Today, she brings this sense of acceptance and positive self-identity to patients.

George Hanna

After growing up in an under-served community and surviving a life-threatening car accident, George pursued his dream through hard work, faith, and great medical care.

Seth Gregory

Surviving childhood cancer led Seth to study medicine.

Shea Poynter

Shea was inspired by her incredible physician, who also became her research mentor, to study medicine.

Tiffany Chan

Tiffany had a brain tumor removed during college. After a lot of hard work, she started medical school eight years later.

CPT Samuel Blacker, MD

Dr. Blacker describes how his interest in medicine led him to a medical school with a military focus.

Andrew P. Ordon, MD

Dr. Ordon balances careers as a surgeon and informational talk show host, and explains how his experience on an Emmy-winning television show led him to volunteer for medical charities around the world.

David Parker, MD

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

Norm Thagard, MD

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

Elizabeth Davlantes

Elizabeth's study abroad experience helped her determine to spend her medical career practicing international humanitarian assistance.

Stephanie Treffert

Experiencing the aftermath of Katrina led her to medicine and public policy.

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.

Jasmine Johnson

How one medical student balances life as a newlywed and a mother.

Jennifer Ellis, MD

Dr. Ellis, who majored in philosophy in college says, "Keep your eye on the prize, ask for help if you need it, and hold yourself to the highest standard."

Alexa M. Mieses

Alexa shares that no matter where you come from or who you are, you can be a doctor. Often the tricky part is finding the support and guidance necessary to realize your dreams.

Stephanie Hope Smith

A member of the Cherokee Nation, Stephanie became interested in medicine at a young age when her father was shot in the line of duty and became a quadriplegic patient.

Valerie A. Pierre

Valerie was inspired to help others by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the support of her parents.

Aretha Delight Davis

Her father's illness inspired her to pursue a career in medicine after six years of practicing law.

Diane Reis

Through her work with Teach for America, Diane discovered that she was much more suited to medical work than to teaching.