Name: Taurean Baynard
Academic and career path: A fourth-year student at the U’s Medical School, Baynard studied communication studies and disorders for his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. He then spent four years as a special education assistant in elementary schools in Minneapolis and Chicago.
Why he went to med school: “Health issues were a big problem for a lot of these kids. When they’re not healthy and miss school, they really miss out. I was always interested in helping them medically and caring for their health.”
Outside of school: He and his wife, Erin, a former teacher, are parents to almost-1-year-old Bryson. Being a father helps him keep things in perspective, he says. “Having a child makes it very easy to not constantly think about medicine or med school.”
What’s next: Baynard hopes to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery.
How scholarships help: “Receiving scholarships has been a huge help in my life and in medical school. It relieves a lot of stress, especially now with a son. And to receive a scholarship where someone has selected you because they saw something they wanted to reward you for, that’s a good feeling.”
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