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Not your average trainee

Residency Program Insider, April 4, 2014

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Andres Anaya didn’t think he’d make it through college. This year, at age 40, he matched into an emergency medicine residency program.

 
The Fresno Bee recently chronicled the story of the non-traditional trainee, a factory worker who decided to pursue a career in medicine after he was badly injured by a hydraulic door at work.
 
"I was literally being crushed to death and suffocating," Anaya told the Bee. He prayed, “please God, don't let me die like this."

Anaya described himself as a “garden variety, average guy.” Growing up in Fresno, he struggled in school. Anaya, raised by deaf parents who used sign language to communicate with him, had difficulty reading. After high school, he pursued blue-collar work rather than academia.

After his accident, he went to community college and eventually was accepted to medical school at the University of California San Francisco. This year, he matched into the UCSF-Fresno medical education program’s emergency medicine residency. He told the Bee he hopes to convince Fresno high school students to become physicians and return to Fresno to practice.

 



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