My path to becoming an oncologist was a little different from most, but like so many others, I was inspired by a practicing physician who showed me what medicine truly can be. While in college, I worked during the summers as a medical assistant for an orthopedic surgeon in an effort to reduce my ever-increasing educational loans. Upon completing my bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and language, I continued my work in medicine as a medical assistant and interpreter in an urgent care office close to home. While there, I developed a true love for medicine and frequently wished that I were the physician treating patients and making the treatment decisions that would set them on the path toward recovery. I therefore decided to apply to a master’s program that offered the courses I needed in order to apply for medical school.
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