Joel A, Adkisson
Jamil
A.
Alarafi
Brent Bartgis
Loring "Buddy" Barwick, Jr.
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Although we all had, our personal battles to
fight in order to get into medical school,
"Steven Claus'
s~ory
stands out as,someone who
really did things the hard way.
.. Although for years hewilpted
t(),
be adoctor
j '
he had' not , taken any ,biology 'or organic '"
chemistry in·coUege.Still,Steve put in his late '
application ' '-to take the September 1991
MCAT,leaving himselfjust two weeks
[0
" study.
After taking the McAT, he still had to taKe
those pre-requisites before he could attend ,
medical sQhooL
So
he, secretly enrolled in 8,
hours ofcourse work, taking timeout from a
high~profile,
'50-60 hour-a-week job as Direc­
tOT of Research fOT a Miami-based commercial
real estate
res~ar¢h
and consulting compal1Y (I
' re,ad about him in the New York Timesbnce.)
Only his secretary found out, despite Steve
coming in an hour and a halflatdwicea week
after biology class.
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" This was during the spring semester. " In 'a
., single two week periOd,Steve also took five
vacation days and three days of unpaid leave
in ,order to go to five medical school
inter~
views. This "raised a few eyebrows," but it '
worked olit OK, and inMarch, he received his
•first acceptanCe. ' He resigned on .April 11,
,giving four weeks notice, but cOl)titlued work­
lng 20-30 hours a week after that, while taking
five Summer cOlirses(10 credit hours),to
'finish the requiI;ed courses.
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This WaS Mrd work,but manageable, except
that the courses ended August 4, and school
, started here on July 27.
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Well, as we know, Steve was ableto work that
out with his professors,', Amljust in time. Two
weeks later, the hurricane hitMiami, destroy­
ing homes of many of Steve's friends. ,But '
Steve was "safe"in Tulsa. Way to go Steve!
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