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classmates. The ensuing academic troubles that the Family Doctor experienced also led him to
repeat his first year of medical school.
Throughout medical school, the Family Doctor pursued some of his outside interests,
taking up boxing and other contact sports that he had not been allowed to participate in while he
was growing up. The Family Doctor also became involved in clubs on campus, getting to know
more students in a social setting. The Family Doctor still felt out of place with his medical school
classmates, so he spent much of his time with physician assistant studies students.
During the last part of medical school, the Family Doctor joined an online Christian
dating service and met his wife, who moved to Texas from Florida while the Family Doctor
finished medical school.
When it came time to choose his residency, the Family Doctor was offered several slots,
including a slot in Odessa near his family. Instead, the Family Doctor chose to stay near the
medical school, away from his family. When the hospital that he had chosen for his residency
closed, the Family Doctor had to move to another hospital in the area, which proved to be a time
of some uncertainty for him, since he was without a residency slot for about a month.
While looking for a place to begin his career, the Family Doctor experienced some
discriminatory behaviors from a placement service and potential employers when he went on
interviews throughout Texas and Florida. Many of the places where he interviewed commented
on his accent, and several of the headhunting services tried to persuade him to move to an area
where he could, "help his people." The Family Doctor has also been stopped at several dinners
for physicians and asked, "Are you sure you're a physician?" before he was allowed to enter.
The Family Doctor's goal is to open his own practice some day, but he recently took an
assistant professor position at the health science center following completion of his residency. He
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