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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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Joe Dixon
B.A. in History/Philosophy minor, Loyola Marymount University 2005
M.A. in History, California State University, Northridge, 2008
USC Keck School of Medicine, Class of 2016

Hometown: Camarillo, CA

Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
In my life before premed, I hoped to pursue a career in diplomacy. I had the chance to study and/or work in Mexico, Spain, and Brazil, and the emphasis of my M.A. was Latin American history. In 2007, I went along on a medical mission trip to Peru as an interpreter. The experience was incredible, and I soon realized that my future must be in medicine.

Why USC?
I knew that USC would provide me a solid foundation as a premedical student. The university is strong academically, and the postbacc program has an established track record. Also, having grown up and gone to college in and around Los Angeles, I had come to love the city. The opportunities for getting involved with clinical, research, and community projects are virtually endless.

Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
Physics 135B with Dr. Bickers. The material is fascinating and the professor is fantastic.

Experiences with medicine
Before starting the postbacc program, I worked as a physical therapy aide in order to get some clinical exposure. While at USC, I volunteered in the Collegiate Medical Volunteer Program at the L.A. County+USC Medical Center, and later, as a research assistant at Children’s Hospital. Upon finishing the postbacc program, I became certified as an EMT and I recently began working in this capacity.

When I'm not studying or volunteering
When I’m not studying/volunteering/working, I enjoy the outdoors. I go rock climbing whenever I get the chance, and have always enjoyed hiking and backpacking. In addition, I enjoy travel, music, and reading everything that I possibly can. Last, but not least, I try to spend as much time as possible with family and friends.