I didn’t head straight to medical school after college. I did, however, head straight into parenting. My first daughter was born five months after I graduated from college. Four more daughters eventually joined her, and I stayed home to raise them.
When my oldest daughter was 12, I decided I wanted to go to med school. At the time, I had never heard of the MCAT, and I didn’t know the difference between a rotation and a residency. I didn’t know how to apply, or how much it would cost. I just knew that I wanted to be a doctor.
On a Thursday afternoon in June, I found myself dressed in scrubs and a surgery cap, crossing a cable bridge over an expansive Amazon tributary.