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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 med student today

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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.

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Latest Stories

Tiffany Chan

Tiffany Chan

George Washington University School of Medicine, Class of 2015
Tiffany had a brain tumor removed during college. After a lot of hard work, she started medical school eight years later.

Stephanie Hope Smith

Stephanie SmithUniversity of Minnesota Medical School, Class of 2016
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.

Juliet Siena Okoroh

Juliet Okoroh

University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Class of 2014
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.

Alexa M. Mieses

Alexa MiesesIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Class of 2016
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.

Jacquelyn K. Francis

Jacquelyn Francis

Albany Medical College, Class of 2015
Growing up in St. Lucia, Jacquelyn witnessed social and economic hardships that inspired her to become a physician.