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June 6, 2012

'Real-life Doogie Howser'—who began med school at 13—gets M.D.

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    Sho Yano—a 21-year-old who already possesses two Ph.Ds.—on Saturday will become the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine's youngest M.D. graduate in history.

    The prodigy is no stranger to hitting life's milestones early: He began reading at age two, entered college at age nine, and received his undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) from Loyola University at age 12.

    In 2003, he interviewed for the University of Chicago, where he has since earned a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology.

    "I remember interviewing him… this nice, polite, 11-year-old boy, dressed in a little suit," says Joel Scwab, a pediatrics professor who served on the admissions committee. "He was never going to be among typical 11-year-olds, where his mother would drive him to Little League. He was going to be a doctor."

    To accommodate the prodigy, the school began his Ph.D. training after his first year of medical school, rather than his second, so that Yano would be 18 when he began examining patients as a second-year medical school student.

    Yano is now preparing for a residency in pediatric neurology. "I am living my dream," he says (AP/Washington Post, 6/3).

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