She was looking for a parallel path to becoming a doctor, but what she found at UAG was a better one. She discovered a place that she would grow intensely fond of, and a group of peers with whom she’d share life-changing experiences and create special bonds. And most importantly, she found lots of hands-on clinical training, and even surgical skills training, that started in the first semester—instead of in the third semester like at most U.S. medical schools. Advanced training that made her more than ready to come back to the U.S. for surgical rotations in New York, where she realized that she was already way ahead of U.S. student candidates in the program. She came to study medicine and left as a confident, well-prepared physician with a new family of cohorts and a thousand memories of life enriching moments.
He always knew that he wanted to help people. But it wasn’t until he started volunteering at an inner city clinic as an undergraduate that his career path became clear. He wanted to become a doctor and serve the underserved. Next step, find a way to make it happen. On the advice of several physicians that he worked with, he looked into UAG. Considering his goals, his desire for hands-on learning, and his love of culture and community, it seemed like the perfect choice. So he dove right in. Came to México. Lived with a host family. Gained a deep understand of the language and the culture. And except for five months when he returned to the U.S. to do rotations in Arizona, he lived and breathed medicine in Guadalajara for four years. It paid off. He came home prepared, matched for a residency, and eager to begin doing what he’d set out to do. Helping people the best way he knew how—by becoming a doctor.
My wife and I moved here from Utah with our dog and we absolutely love the city, school, and the people of Guadalajara. The professors and staff have all been so helpful and very passionate about preparing students to be amazing doctors who can provide medical care to a very diverse population. One thing that really attracted me to coming to UAG in the first place was the idea of becoming a bilingual doctor. FUTURE FOCUS: INTERNAL MEDICINE, FAMILY PRACTICE, OR EMERGENCY MEDICINE. (STILL DECIDING EXACTLY WHAT TO DO BUT DEFINITELY A FIELD IN PRIMARY CARE.) I’D LIKE TO RETURN TO PRACTICE IN UTAH SINCE OUR FAMILIES ARE THERE, BUT ANYWHERE WOULD BE FINE REALLY.
My Guadalajara experience has been amazing. I’m already learning to interact with patients and practice medical techniques that I’ve learned in my Development of Clinical Skills in Medicine class. FUTURE FOCUS: I HAVE YET TO CHOOSE A SPECIALTY, BUT FROM MY SHADOWING EXPERIENCES, I FIND INTERNAL MEDICINE TO BE AN INTERESTING AND EXCITING FIELD. I WOULD LOVE TO RETURN TO MY HOMETOWN OF LAREDO, TEXAS, AND CARE FOR MY COMMUNITY.
I love being in México. Guadalajara is an amazing city. There’s so much to do here and the people are very nice. I’ve enjoyed having study groups with my new friends, working as a team, and helping each other out. The friendships you make at UAG are the kind that last forever. FUTURE FOCUS: AFTER MEDICAL SCHOOL, I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO THE STATES AND PRACTICE THERE. I WOULD LOVE TO STAY IN TEXAS SINCE THAT’S WHERE I’M FROM. I WANT TO SPECIALIZE IN INTERNAL MEDICINE.
Many people with dreams in life—like becoming a doctor— sometimes find that things don’t go quite as planned. You get sidetracked. In Jim’s case, he got sidetracked by the Vietnam war. Just as he was finishing his undergraduate education at San Diego State University and getting ready to go to medical school, he decided to answer the call of his country instead. It was 1966, the U.S. needed pilots, and Jim was up for the challenge. Next thing he knew, he was receiving his Naval Aviator’s “Wings of Gold” and flying with “The Black Sheep,” one of the most famous aircraft squadrons in history. Needless to say, his plans for a medical career were put on hold. It wasn’t until five years, two squadron assignments, 92 missions, and four Air Medals later that he was finally able to recommit to becoming a physician. But with his original path significantly altered, he realized that he needed to waste no time getting back on track. So he chose a serious, no-nonsense option. He came to UAG. He buckled down. And he became a doctor. When it was time to return to the U.S. for his residency, he returned with a wife, Margarita, whom he’d met in Guadalajara. He re-entered the military as a Naval Lieutenant and became a Flight Surgeon. His medical career flourished, and it took him all over the world practicing surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics. Internal medicine, orthopedics, and emergency medicine. Equipped with the medical training he received at UAG, Jim went on to earn accolades and commendations throughout his career—Including a Bronze Star for Heroism. And the Defense Meritorious Service Medal— twice. The Nevada community in which he lives honored him with their Community Partnership Award. And in 2014, the UAG School of Medicine named him “Father of the Class” and commencement speaker.
He knew that he wanted to become a doctor. So he set himself on the path. While working in an emergency room as an undergraduate, ER doctors would tell him about how immersive and hands-on the education was at the UAG School of Medicine. When it came time to decide between UAG and the U.S. medical school that he was also accepted to, he chose UAG. Good choice. He came back to the U.S. ready to be tested—ready for anything. Comprehensively trained to use medical technology when it’s available and practical methods and instincts when it isn’t. He came back confident. Meticulously prepared—and it showed. LSU Medical Center swept him up right away. They had 1,100 applicants for eight open positions—and they chose him. Today Dr. Duran is one of the Chief Residents at the Department of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport.
With five generations of doctors in his family, he knew from a young age that he would become a physician. He had to. Fast-forward several years, time for him to enter medical school and carry on the Antonetti tradition. Life, however, had other plans. He found out quickly that the competition to get into U.S. medical schools wasn’t just tough; it was utterly fierce. Even with a degree from an excellent university, he suddenly found his education stuck in a holding pattern. Then he took his destiny in his own hands and found a parallel path to becoming a doctor—at UAG. After four of the best years of his life, he came back prepared. Armed with exceptional USMLE scores. Prepared for the trials and tribulations of internships and residency. Ready to become a doctor at one of the busiest women’s healthcare centers in Dallas County—and to deliver almost 5,000 babies. Which he did over the last decade.