Was tagged to participate in the @medicineinmichigan #failforwardcampaign sharing inspiring stories of turning failures into success, so here's my story (including an addition from this week's AOA match results):
1◼ I had a baby my sophomore year of college, went through a divorce, and STILL managed to graduate with my class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry from Louisiana State University.
2◼ Due to a super low undergraduate GPA, I struggled to get into grad school and was placed on probation for the first semester. Despite this, I managed to do well in the program, ending with a 3.7 gpa, and received my Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saint Joseph.
3◼ I took the MCAT 4 times and never scored higher than a 22. Multiple people said I would probably fail my medical board licensing exams. Passed all my required board exams on the first try, and even took and passed the USMLE (which is not required for DOs to take in order to be licensed).
4◼ Was told I should consider another field, and that my chances of getting into medical school would be slim. Well, it took me five years and 3 application cycles, but I entered the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus (GA-PCOM) in 2014, and I am now 3 months away from becoming Dr. Ward.
5◼ And of course since nothing on this path will ever come easy for me, I found out on Monday that I did not match into General Surgery. Instead, I matched into a Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) with a general surgery specialty track at PCOM in Philadelphia, PA. This means I will be adding an extra year to my training and will have to reapply to begin a general surgery residency position next year, but it is a blessing to be able to say that I will be starting as a Resident Physician this summer (with a paycheck!).
🔶So as you can see, my path has been filled with what many would consider failures, but I've always managed to turn them into successes. My path might not be as straight as others, but I will continue to keep the faith, work hard, stay dedicated, and trust in God's plan for me. Hope this inspires and encourages some of you!🔶