#BMIM | Destiny Despite Detours

 In Voices of Diversity

Throughout my entire journey into medicine, I always seemed to take the route less traveled. One particular example would be my decision to apply to medical school. My story started off like many others, as I always wanted to be a pediatrician since I was five years old.  Just like many other stories as it pertains to minority males, around high school I started to consider other career options. When I considered the time, effort and energy that would be required to complete medical training, these other career options became more favorable. I was fortunate enough to work as a pharmacy technician for my high school co-op position, and this exposed me to the world of pharmacy. I enjoyed the work and the potential salary along with the shorter training course seemed suitable as an alternative for medicine.  

I enrolled as a pre-medicine major since I knew that I had to take the same prerequisite courses for either medical or pharmacy school. Subconsciously, I knew that medicine was where my heart lied but I somehow would talk myself out of moving forward to apply for medical school. I continued to focus on pharmacy school and eventually received early acceptance into the PhD program at my alma mater.

During the summer of my first year of pharmacy school, that feeling that I was meant to go to medical school came back. I knew that I did not want to live with the regret of not trying to pursue my initial dream of becoming a pediatrician. I had to make a serious and quick decision, so I decided to study and take my MCAT in 28 days in order to qualify for that year’s medical school application cycle. I also had to leave pharmacy school and enter back into my undergraduate studies to complete my bachelor degree in enough time to apply for that cycle.

As you could imagine, this decision was difficult for many reasons. First, I was admitted to one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation and I was giving up my seat for just the opportunity to apply into medical school. Second, many people including some pharmacy school administrators who thought that my decision was irrational and impractical. Finally, I was ill prepared to take my MCAT and craft my medical school application; however, I had to follow my dream.

Although I received many rejections, I was fortunate to receive an interview to my top choice for medical school through their summer program. I was accepted into the school and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

In this life, you will be forced to make a decision to follow your dreams. I hope that you realize that you have try in order to become successful. Even if it takes multiple attempts or a different pathway, the final goal is always the same.

– Tyree –

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