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Aspiring Docs Diaries

Harvard Medical School student Elorm F. Avakame with his parents

A blog about what it's like to be a med student today

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Students talk about their path to medical school, what med school courses are like, patient experiences, and more.


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Inspiring Stories

There's a story behind every application. Read about some of the inspiring journeys others have made from applicant to medical student to physician.

If you are a medical student or resident and would like to participate in an Inspiring Stories interview, please contact AspiringDocs@aamc.org for more information.


Latest Stories

Nicholas Beam

Nick BeamWestern Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 2018
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

Jeff Mahlum

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2019
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.


Wells LaRivière

Wells LaRiviere

University of Colorado School of Medicine MSTP (MD-PhD program), 2023
Wells found inspiration in his experience as a patient of polycystic kidney disease and receiving a kidney transplant at age 17.


Aaron Hollis Palmer

Aaron PalmerWright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, 2016
Aaron grew up in project housing and dropped out of college twice before applying to medical school.


Sarah Mongiello Bernstein

Sarah MongielloEmory University School of Medicine, 2015
Sarah talks about overcoming her illness and tells others that it's okay get to medical school on their own timeline.