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Trey Kennedy
My Uncommon Path to Medical School

Before enrolling at AUC, Trey Kennedy conducted aerospace medicine research, worked in corporate strategy and operations consulting, and spent nine years in emergency medical services. Now a second-semester student, Trey discusses how his diverse experiences have helped prepare him for his future career as a physician.
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Meet Eight Physicians Who Changed Careers to Earn Their MD

While plenty of physicians have dreamed of being a doctor since childhood, many take a little longer to decide that medicine is their calling. Here, several AUC graduates reflect on their own unconventional paths to medical school and their career journeys since graduation.
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After Second Career Change, This Grad Found Her Calling

Alumna Shannon Stegall, MD '16 talks about what it's like to be a nontraditional medical student, the benefits of the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP), and her experience completing clinical rotations in England.
Natacha Pierre
An Unconventional Path Prepared This Grad for Residency Success

Natacha Pierre’s journey to become a physician has taken her around the world—from Europe to Africa, Asia to the Caribbean. It hasn’t been an easy journey by any means. But now, as a pediatrics resident who’s presented at symposiums, earned grants for her work in global health, and uses her diverse experience every day at the hospital, Dr. Pierre says it was worth every minute.
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Why This Award-Winning News Anchor Enrolled at AUC

By the time he reached his 30s, Bradley Reed was by all accounts on the right track. He was working as a primetime news anchor in his home state of Arkansas. He won two Emmy Awards. He was engaged to be married.

But something was missing.

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Business Owner-Turned-MD Earns 1st Choice Residency

Heather Christopherson, MD ’17 always had deep respect for the medical profession, but she didn’t necessarily see herself in that white coat. Turns out, she changed careers and went to medical school, after all.
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Alum Draws on Past Careers to Succeed in Medicine

Patient care, says Zubair Siddiqui, MD, is all about problem-solving. And he should know, too: As a veteran of the United States Air Force, an engineer by trade, and now a physician, he’s trained to solve problems of all shapes and sizes.
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This Father of Two Traded in Sales for Scrubs

As a pharmaceutical salesman, Michael McGlue had worked in the health care industry for several years and held a Master of Health Administration. But something was missing in his health care career—namely, the “care” part.
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