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|While I enjoyed studying business, it didn't seem right for me. I became more interested in science and health. When I started volunteering at a clinic, I realized that I wanted to study medicine.|
Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
|I love medicine.. I couldn't see myself happy in any other field.
Taylor Y Stauffer at Emory University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Edgewood College, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/25/2014
|I shall be brief with these answers; the full questionnaire is intentionally unfinished at this moment.
I had experience spending time in hospitals and it fired me up to combine science with all the practical interaction with patients and coworkers. I am not a greedy person but I am also seeking a physically and materially ideal, yet efficient, lifestyle. It is a job. But I love it for the entire package. And I love that I can be comfortable and help people when I have seen many people break down in a clinical setting and many doctors who I felt I could do better once obtaining the knowledge. I have a major interest in the psychology of bedside manner backing up my natural scientific interest specifically in pathology, diagnosis, problem solving.|
Jacob Aurens at Stanford University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Princeton University, B.A. Philosophy degree. Answer posted 9/3/2013
|3 words: Indian, injuries, and Christian.|
Johnny Walker at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (MD), class of 2015.
Pre-med: University of Akron, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/2/2013
|I chose medicine primarily because of the influence from my family: my mum is a nurse, my uncle a doctor and another uncle a pharmacist. Living with them virtually all my life, I knew no other profession than a profession in medicine.
Also, I've always wanted to affect people in a positive way and I think medicine provides me with the opportunity to do so.|
Mawuena Corsy-Dewu at (MD), class of 2017.
Pre-med: University of Ghana, Biological science degree. Answer posted 5/24/2013
|I went into medicine for the same reason everyone else goes into medicine: fame, fortune, and fun. But you can't say that during the medical school interview so most applicants take the cookie cutter approach and say they want to be a doc cause they enjoy the sciences and, most importantly, because they want to help people. I probably went into medicine for the same reasons.
J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
|I always knew that I would go back to graduate school at some point. I was a French teacher and was getting a little bored of always teaching the same thing. Some of my colleagues made the jump from theorical linguistics into medicine, via ENT and neurology. I gave it some thought, and decided to do the same.|
Julie Nicole at University of Vermont College of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Johnson State College and Universite Laval, BS Biology (2003), BA French Linguistics (1994) degree. Answer posted 11/19/2006
|I started out studying a non-medical major. I worked in youth corrections with delinquent youth. I had always wanted to be a doctor (if the NFL did not work out) but had been turned off to it by some doctors.
I decided it is what I wanted to do, so began taking science classes.
By the time I was ready to apply, I wanted to be a surgeon but also was married with a child and a second on the way. After much research and soul searching, Podiatry emerged as the only choice that would allow me to be a surgeon, but also give me the time I wanted with my family.|
Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
|My goal has always been to serve a greater purpose, a purpose much greater than myself. The satisfaction of knowing that I might have a chance at saving a life by going to work every morning fills me with the utmost zeal towards pursuing a career in Medicine.|
Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
|I have always loved the field of medicine; my Father was a paramedic, and my Mother lost her battle to cancer when I was 16. I love the thought of helping people through their "sick times."|
James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
|Well I cant say that I wanted to be a doctor since pampers. Actually my desire to become a physician stem from freshmen year in college when I realized how difficult it is to gain admissions and to complete a medical degree. I definitely consider myself a challenge-seeker, therefore it was a perfect choice. Plus Im not the type who could endore an office position for the rest of my life. Medicine, to me, was the only option that provided me with that challenge and could feed my deep desire to learn very meaningful things in my career of choice. It was sort of a no-brainer. (Plus I get to show off because Im the first one in my family to graduate college).|
Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
|I've wanted to be a doctor since I was 8 years old. I am a chronic moderate asthmatic that has been shuffled from doctor to doctor and who takes tons of medications that don't completely work. I've been on the other side of the examining table, and I know how it feels. Also, I'm only 5'2", which is much too short to attain my dream job: becoming a Rockette. Seriously.|
Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
|I am 19 year old med student from Sydney Australia. Getting into medical school in Aus is little diferent than in US. We can apply right after high school if you are good enough.|
Emily Lehman at University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine (Internat), class of 2014.
Pre-med: none, none degree. Answer posted 12/21/2007
|I want a career that is exciting, inspiring, and challenging, and I think that medicine is all three.|
Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
|To better understand medicine. And how to improve treatment and care. Under zero tollerance.|
STEPHEN BROSNAHAN at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Communication, Pschycology degree. Answer posted 9/29/2007
|i chose medicine because isn't that every mom and dad's dream for their little kid? hahaha...in all seriousness now...i specifically want to pursue a career in academic medicine. it all started in my engineering undergrad when i got exposed to several different research projects. i decided i liked doing research, but also decided that i didn't want to do a traditional engineering field. after doing a research gig in biomed engineering in a research hospital, i decided that i loved that atmosphere so much (the whole research, practice, and teaching bit) that i wanted to stay in it. i thrive off of good stress and good puzzles to solve, so here goes!
update: after taking a break at school, i've discovered that i don't have the desire to do research anymore. it's funny how after you stop working in an academic/lab setting you find out that maybe you weren't so into it after all. the idea of teaching is still intriguing to me, but moreso on the clinical level (more of a mentor-type relationship). but i'm still the problem solver type who likes a challenge, so i think i will try to find a specialty that really allows me to flex my brain. not so much of a mushy lovey touchy feely person though.
emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
|I, as a bonified musician/former sciencephobe, decided on medicine after having cancer.|
Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
|I have wanted to be a doctor since...well, forever...just like most everyone in medical school. I am getting married this July. I lived in Venice, Italy for 6months and it was the best time of my life. If you have the chance to visit 1 city in Europe...go to Venice. If you want to see some pictures...then go here:
George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
|I was taking courses towards completing my computer science degree. I had already been working as an EMT to pay the bills, but it was time to start looking for a real job pertaining to computers. It was then that I realized I could not do computer programming for the next forty years of my life. Since I was already working in healthcare I thought I would explore my options there. I considered becoming a paramedic (an advanced EMT), but thought that would not be enough for me. I further considered nursing, athletic training, and PA school. In the end, becoming a physician was the only path that seemed to fit me. After two more years of premed coursework, the MCAT, and a “wonderful” interviewing process, here I am.|
Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
|I chose medicine when I was very young (12) because of my interest in reading of about different types of science and also my fascination with going to doctor when I was sick! To see a doctor make almost anything go away was the coolest thing to me and I wished to do it for myself. Additional classes in math & science in high school on the AP level and various zoology college courses had me solidly hooked. Medicine is the best stuff to learn despite how tough it is because unlike some other sciences, there is always something new to see.|
Chad Hall at The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) (DO), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah Valley State, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/7/2007
|Curiosity for Science.
Need to Help Others.
Serve my Savior.
My Mother is a Family Practice Nurse Practioner. From Day one, all I ever knew of a maternal profession, I learned in stories from the ER where she worked. I grew up wanting to do just that, and still do today.|
Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
|I chose podiatry because I really enjoy the hours that will be associated with it. Also because it encorporates many aspects of medicine which includes, dermatology, neurology, and surgery.
The reason I got interested into Podiatry was because as a child I had many feet problems and had to see the podiatrist on many occations. Then later in life one of my friends entered the field before I did and really got me interested in the profession.|
Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
|Although I was interested in medicine since my early teenage years, I took a circuitous route to arrive at this destination. Being a science major and doing research in college helped prepare me academically, but the later experiences - living in East Africa, doing public health research in Alaska, and working as a social worker for several years - helped solidify my decision and prepared me for what's to come. I'll be 28 when I start school in August 2007, and feel completely ready!|
Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
|Second career. Fell in love with podiatry.|
Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
|I attended UCLA my freshmen year of college in '01 but transfered back 'home' to the University of Utah for my final 3 years, which let me ski to my little heart's content. And now after four years of college I find myself in flat but pretty Wisconsin.|
John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
tracy scott at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Pennslyvana, Texas Tech University degree. Answer posted 8/27/2006
|im smart enough and dedicated enough to make a great doctor, and i want to make a ton of money.|
Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
|There is a long history of doctors in my family so I guess you could say it is in my blood to be a doctor. In high school, I began to learn about science and saw the applications of medicine in real-world situations. It was then that I decided that I wanted to be an agent of positive change in people's lives.|
Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
|I knew coming out of high school that I wanted to go into medicine. The problem was how to pay for school--my family is not well off. I decided to join the Army Reserve as a pharmacy specialist and field medic with the hope that the Army would help pay for school and that I could find a decent job that would support me through school.
After a year in the Reserves, I served two years as a missionary in Texas for my church. After the mission, I married my wife and we moved to Arizona where I found it difficult to work full time and go to school time.
I ended up starting a business with the hope that it would support us financially and allow time for school--it only half worked. The money was great but there was no time for anything other than work as the business grew from just my partner and I working to a full-time staff of 35-40 employees. After 6 years, my partner felt like he wanted the chance to run the business by himself and offered to buy me out--I said yes and retired at the ripe old age of 30. The buy-out gave us enough money to live on for about 8 years, so we did some planning and thought about our future and I decided that I really did want to become a physician. I had only completed two semesters of undergrad, so I enrolled at the U of Arizona and completed my degree. When it came time to apply for med school, a friend in Tucson recommended MCW. I was impressed by how well they ran the application process/business side of the school and when I got the offer I accepted (after my wife told me I could). Our family really likes it here in Wisconsin and the school is excellent.|
Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
|Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a pediatrician. My mom works as an RN in the nursery of a hospital and I have always loved science. Those were initially the two driving forces for me to start on the pre-med pathway. During my freshman year of college, I was in an accident and broke my right leg. All of the experiences from being rushed to the emergency room to almost not being able to walk again really confirmed my desire to become a doctor and help others as my doctors helped me.|
Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
|Medicine is a career where science is combined with helping others in a way that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. As a physician, I am able to teach, do research, and work with patients. No other career allows me to do all of this.|
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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
|I am not one who has always known that they wanted to go to medical school. A series of experiences throughout my life has indirectly led me to medical school and here is the short version. Throughout both junior high and high school I was exposed to a lot of genetics in several different science classes. The genetics fascinated me and I was determined that I wanted to get a Ph.D. and then run my own human genetics lab. Sometime during undergraduate, as I got more into the science classes and labs, I decided that the bench research was not for me. My next idea was that I wanted to become a clinical geneticist, which obviously involves going to medical school. This is the first thought that I had given to going to medical school. I then got involved in volunteering and shadowing that exposed me to the medical field. Through these experiences I came to the conclusion that I definitely wanted to become a physician, although I decided that clinical genetics is probably not the specialty for me.|
Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
|I have been a registered nurse for 8 years. I have always wanted to be a doctor. I went to nursing school because I supported my husband while he went to law school. I continued to take classes required for med school while working full-time. It took several years to complete the pre-reqs because I had to take them one at a time. When I was 30 years old I was finally ready to apply. I was fortunate that I was also accepted in my first application cycle.|
Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
|I don't know why medicine. I guess b/c I've always been in the top 10 in my class. So, people always assumed I'd do something in the medical field.|
Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
|Medicine gives me the honor and privilage of serving humanity. I bring with me the empathy, passion, and motivation to help my fellow man. Yes it sounds cliche but I have spent many years trying to get to this point, and it was that drive to serve mankind that keeps me on course now.|
Y.L.Rucker at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Rochester, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 5/12/2006
|I chose medicine because I was raised around it . Its my passion and I could not picture myself doing anything but being in the medical field . Its something that will always keep me challenged and a job that you will always see something new.|
Mayra Coelho at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Miami, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
|I've always wanted to help people, since I was very young + had intense interest in the medical sciences + enjoyed the diversity and the continued education medicine provided. After volunteering in hospitals and conducting cardiovascular research I decided to definetly pursue medicine.|
Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
|The reason I want to be a physician is so that I can wear one of those lights that surgeons put on their heads...yeah I really like those and so that's what I want to do...that and sigmoidoscopies!!!
Medicine snuck up behind me and stole me from dentistry. I can't explain what drove me to medicine but I can say that I love the science and practial parts of medicine. Plus, now even though I have to call my brother "Major" he has to call me "Doctor"|
Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
|I can remember wanting to become a doctor since the age of 12, after I seriously injured my knee sliding over a sprinkler. At the time I also wanted to become a professional basketball, football, and baseball player. My athletic skills never really materialized, but my desire to go into medicine remained a part of my life. I became confident in my decision to pursue medicine as I studied subjects like physiology and anatomy and saw their real life applications in my clinical experiences.|
Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
|It is a well respected field that will give me the opportunity to greatly impact the lives of others in ways that would otherwise not be possible.|
Gregory Thom at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of CA, San Diego, BS; Management Science degree. Answer posted 2/8/2006
|I started my first year of college as a art/photography major, and enjoyed the work. I hated science. Still, I felt that cliche sense of emptiness with school, that I couldn't figure out what or why I would do anything with the degree I was working towards. I switched colleges for personal reasons, and after a month or two decided to persue medicine. The final spark came from a really bad medical computer game, but it had always been in the back of my mind...I was already somewhat involved in Emergency Medical Services; my dad had been an EMT for nearly 25 years. After taking additional science courses and spending more time in EMS, I decided that this was where I wanted to be.
Since then I have (and still do) strongly debate with myself whether I'd be happier in medical school or as a paramedic on the streets, but I think that this will provide me with more of a challenge and be more rewarding to myself and the people I treat in the end.|
Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
|Several years ago, I became interested in EMS. Eventually, I decided to take the EMT-Basic class and volunteer for my local squad. EMS quickly became my passion. I soon started working part-time for a full-time 911 System, in addition to my full time job. I also took the EMT-Intermediate class.
After a couple of years of EMS, and becoming increasingly unhappy with my full-time career of teaching, I began investigating medical careers. Initially, I planned to pursue certification as an EMT-Paramedic. For various reasons, that didn't work out. I also considered nursing school.
One day I made an off-the-cuff comment about how if I could do college over again, I would do what was needed to get into medical school. My boyfriend (now husband), took me seriously and encouraged me to investigate what it would take.|
Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
|I was around medicine alot as a child, suffering from fairly serious asthma and an orthopedic problem, both of which required continual monitoring and doctor's appointments. My mother is also an RN and my father a social worker, so I learned early the value of helping others in your work. I guess these experiences along with a natural interest in science and a need for a challenging career path made medicine a good fit for me.|
Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
|I decided to go into medicine because I believe it to be one the most rewarding roles that a person can hold. A physician is a confidant, a friend, ally, teacher, and learner. Perhaps no other calling allows someone to have the opportunity and responsibility to help people in such a broad spectrum of mental, physical, and emotional difficulties encountered in life. Over the years I have found myself having and gaining the qualities that I believe all physicians should maintain and utilize; those of empathy, sympathy, care, compassion, perseverance, confidence, and an endless desire to help others and to learn...and let's face it, the ever-changing fields of medicine provide some of the most interesting and difficult intellectual challenges we can face today.|
Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
|My mother is a nurse of 28 years. She is one of my biggest influences and introduced me to the medical field. And I had an incredible interest in the body; how it works and what happens when it does not. I also feel it is my "calling".|
Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
|I chose medicince because I want to give of myself to help someone better themselves whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.|
Jonathan Taylor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Tennessee Temple University, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/2/2006
|I started out in computer programming some years ago, after completing college for the first time and worked in programming for about 4.5 years total. With time, work became monotonous, less challenging and less exciting. I was in my own cubicle within the basement and stared at my computer screen all day. Although the job was pretty decent overall, this was not what I had envisioned for my life and I could not see myself doing this for another 40 years. I wanted people contact, more interaction and involvement. I am an “immediate gratification” type of a person and I like to be able to see the difference I am making. All things considered, I had chosen the wrong profession, although I was good at programming. After many long deliberations with my wife, we decided I needed to quit my job and return to school. Initially, I wasn’t sure whether medicine or law would be a better fit for me, so I researched and talked with professionals of both professions, finally settling on medicine.
When I started taking the Biology courses at Idaho State University, I was fascinated and quickly embraced the sciences. I also started shadowing physicians and volunteering in a clinic, both of which heightened my excitement and verified my decision. Especially shadowing and the clinical volunteer work convinced me completely that medicine was what I wanted to pursue. I think medicine offers what I was lacking in my prior career and provides plenty of challenges, intellectual stimulation, people contact and interaction, opportunities to help people and seeing the difference I am making.
Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005
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