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classes, tutoring the football team, and working on a science project at the local university, all
thanks to his high school teachers.
When the Family Doctor graduated from high school, he enrolled at the University of
Texas-Permian Basin, living at home with his parents and working four jobs while attending
college. A photographic memory helped compensate for the Family Doctor's limited study time,
since all he needed to do was look over notes a couple of times to have photographic recall of the
material. The Family Doctor lived at home with his family, tutored, worked in a lab, drove a
truck for UPS, and worked on his parents' farm. During high school, the Family Doctor's parents
had moved to a small farm outside of Odessa, fulfilling one of his father's dreams.
The Family Doctor entered college as a pre-medicine major. He took classes year-round,
going to the local junior college, Odessa College, during the summer and UT-Permian Basin
during the fall and spring semesters. He took the Medical Comprehensive Achievement Test
during his junior year and applied to the medical school at the health science center where he
was accepted. He completed his undergraduate degree in four years, living at home the entire
time, then moved more than 320 miles away for medical school.
The Family Doctor's home life was very closed when he was a child. A quiet child, the
Family Doctor had also made few friends throughout his childhood, but after the Family Doctor
moved away from home to attend medical school, his life changed. The Family Doctor had never
been away from home prior to medical school, so his newfound freedom meant that he
participated in more of the social scene in medical school.
In his first year, the Family Doctor became involved with a female medical student, and
they became engaged. When the couple broke up, the Family Doctor felt out of place with his
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