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    Premedical Program
    University of Southern California
    College of Letter Arts & Sciences
    CAS 120
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151
    Tel: (213) 821-2354



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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
Hometown: El Dorado, Arkansas

Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
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. I’ve always been interested in science, and I’ve had a lot of exposure to medicine through the numerous doctors in my family. This path definitely feels right.

Why USC?
USC is where I went to law school, and I knew it to be an academically rigorous institution with a friendly, cooperative student body. Plus, I’ve loved living in LA and had no desire to leave.

Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
Organic chemistry with Dr. Jung, who made it interesting, understandable, and – dare I say - fun.

Experiences with medicine
I've been volunteering at Venice Family Clinic, a fantastic free clinic on the Westside of Los Angeles. I work in the eye care clinic, and I get a lot of great patient contact. I’ve also been volunteering with a doctor at UCLA, assisting with her clinical research.

When I'm not studying or volunteering
I love going to movies, the theater, fun restaurants, and museums. I also love traveling, usually to experience the theater, restaurants, and museums of some other city. Last but not least, I'm a big fan of Disneyland.