We Did It!

Almost three years ago, Clare and I sat on our bed, in our studio apartment, in Portland, Oregon, discussing what she wanted to do as a career. I asked her what jobs she wanted if she could start tomorrow with all the prerequisite knowledge. CEO or COO were the first answers, and we kept brainstorming. I asked, “have you ever thought about becoming a doctor? It seems like it has a lot of the things you are looking for.” Clare said, “I always thought being a doctor was the coolest job - but there is no way I can do that now.”

We decided to look into what she would need to do. She would need to do a Postbaccalaureate program to get the prerequisites for medical school and start volunteering in the medical field to get accepted into one of those programs. The next application cycle was about eight months away, enough time for Clare to volunteer at OHSU.

The longer Clare volunteered, the surer she became. Clare was going to be a doctor. She applied to several postbaccalaureate programs, but she had her eye on two in particular: Goucher and Bryn Mawr. These two programs were the oldest and had the highest acceptance rates. In the end, Goucher put Clare on their waitlist, and Bryn Mawr accepted her.

We packed our things, quit our jobs and made the trek back across the country to Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. We knew the year was going to be tough - but we had no idea just how terrible. I ended up in the hospital (which you can read about here and here), and we had some disappointment when Clare received a rejection from University of Michigan. We had hoped to be starting medical school in 2017, but we embraced getting another year in Philadelphia.

The last six months of applications have seemed to drag on for eternity. Every day that went by without hearing from one of the 24 schools Clare applied to increased the feeling that this dream was not going to happen this year. Around late 2017 she started to get a few interview invitations. First, Clare heard from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, then the University of Rochester Medical School. A few weeks after that she heard from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. We started to feel better; five interviews gave us a pretty good chance. But we still worried that all our hard work and sacrifice would result in no acceptances.

But, then, on Monday evening, Clare got a call from the University of Rochester, notifying her that she was accepted! I can’t describe the relief I feel. We are going to medical school. Clare is going to be a doctor. I am so proud of my wife, and I am proud of us.