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    University of Southern California
    Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
    ATTN: Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
    3620 South Vermont Avenue, KAP 358
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
    Tel: (213) 821-2354

PPP Student Spotlights


John Bunkall
BA Communications, Boston College 2014
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Class of 2021

For a long time I thought about practicing medicine, but I didn't actually pursue it until the end of my junior year in college. I was a soccer player and communications major at Boston College, and my only exposure to medicine and doctors was sports-related. Through this facet of medicine, my interest grew rapidly. Once I began interacting with the athletic trainers and orthopedic surgeons, I started thinking seriously about it as a career... More

Anna Howell
BA Psychology and Spanish Washington, University in St. Louis 2009
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Class of 2016

I always knew I wanted to work with people but wasn't exactly sure what path I would take. I declared psychology as my undergraduate major, and loved the topics the diverse classes covered. As a senior, I decided to take my interest in people a step in a different direction, and took a class on contemporary topics in women's health. ... More

Jeffrey Baitis
BS Computer Engineering Minor Computer Science, Oregon State Universityf 2001
Oregon Health and Science University, Class of 2017

I had wrestled with the idea of becoming a doctor for six years. Although I love software, I discovered that I need to work in a field that allows me to serve and care for people directly. My experiences in medicine (described below) and time at USC helped me to establish a network of supportive mentors that assisted me in my pursuit of medicine... More

Eddie Degerman
BA in Economics and Managerial Studies
Rice University 2006
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Class of 2017

...I spent a lot of time in the hospital visiting my father and our interactions with the doctor changed something inside me. I developed a great admiration for what doctors do and saw how important their interactions with patients were. I began to research the steps to take and now knew I did not want to do anything else other than become a doctor. ... More

Justin Griffiths
BSc Mathematics, University of Bristol 2008
UC San Diego School of Medicine, Class of 2021

Why I changed my career (or educational objectives): I was an elementary school teacher for six years, and for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However, after a couple of years teaching fifth grade I began to crave a job that would provide a higher level of intellectual stimulation, while still satisfying my desire to help my community and work closely with people. Medicine seemed to be the perfect fit. After volunteering in the Emergency Department for two years and shadowing a pediatric orthopedist, I was convinced that a career in medicine would provide me with exactly what I wanted from a career... More

Alison Vasan
BFA Drama, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, 2000
JD, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2006
Duke University School of Medicine, Class of 2016

I loved acting, but after several years of pursuing a career as an actor in Los Angeles, I realized I wanted something more, something that involved helping people. So I went to…law school. A legal career wasn’t for me, but it took a few more years before I took the plunge and went back to school to do what I really wanted to do... More


Jennifer Siegel
BA Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis 2014
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021

I always loved art, especially drawing and painting. I began college as an art major, and I found that I enjoyed drawing anatomy and other biological processes. I soon became very interested in what I was drawing, and I became fascinated by the many different ways art and medicine are intertwined. I later picked up a major in psychology and studied the relationship between art, mental health, and cognitive processes. I changed my career to medicine because I want to understand how we can use art and creativity to generate novel treatment interventions, how art and the brain are related, and how art can help the healing process. ... More

Annie Thompson
BA Music Recording Engineering and Business, Skidmore College 2009
Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program, Class of 2019

I was working in music publishing and as a freelance recording engineer but knew I wanted to do something more meaningful, involving more critical thinking, and that would have a positive impact on people's lives. I always had an interest in science and medicine but had never pursued it academically or considered it a career option. After graduating from undergrad and beginning my professional career, I gained a better perspective on what I was interested in and what kind of career I wanted. Medicine was where my interests led me and I made the leap! ... More

Dena Shuster
BA Human Biological Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania 2012
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2020

Growing up with multiple physicians in my family, I always thought I would attend medical school. By the time I got to college, however, I decided I wanted to explore other options. As a Human Biological Anthropology major at the University of Pennsylvania, I was able to explore the sciences of evolution, molecular anthropology, primatology, reproductive ecology and forensics. I loved science and loved working with people, but I was unsure of whether I wanted to live the lifestyle of a physician. After convincing myself for a while that I would be happy attaining a PhD in one of the aforementioned fields, I decided that I, in fact, did want to attend medical school. I then applied to and attended the Postbacc Premed Program at USC ... More