From Community College to Medical School
Bridget Balch, AAMC
Growing up in foster care, Jessica de Laguna felt helpless when it came to achieving her goal of becoming a doctor. “I just learned to survive,” says de Laguna, who identifies as a Native American of the Yaqui Tribe.
After 15 years away from the classroom, de Laguna decided to go all-in on her dream and enrolled in community college. Thanks to a new medical school program that recruits community college students, she is getting the support she needs to fulfill her goals.