Who is the Youngest Doctor in the World?
Whether you’re in high school, college, or a medical program, the youngest doctor in the world may be something you’ve always wanted to achieve. But there are also plenty of other people who are already doing so at an impressively young age.
At age 10, Rachel Faye Hill decided that she was going to become a doctor. She was inspired by the work that her mother did as a veterinarian and saw that her dream could be reality. She enrolled in college at age 22, earning her degree in Medicine and Surgery from St. George’s University in London.
Dr. Iqbal Al Assaad
A refugee from Lebanon, Iqbal Al Assaad completed her medical degree at the age of 20 and was acknowledged to be the youngest doctor in the world. She aims to establish a free health clinic for her fellow Palestinians living in refugee camps so that she can help them live healthier lives.
Her father was a doctor, and she had a desire to be one from an early age. In 2010, she became the youngest doctor in Indonesia. She received her degree two years earlier than the legal age, but still surpassed other female medical students in that country and was recognized for her psychological and social maturity.
At 21, Sho Yano became the youngest-ever to earn an MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree. Her ability to perform calculus at such a young age made her a natural for the field of medicine.
At the age of 18, Jack Andraka had a goal in mind to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. His ambition to save his patients’ lives was fueled by his desire to make a difference in the world. He began researching at Johns Hopkins University, and was able to receive the American Ingenuity Award for his efforts.
Born in a military family, Serennah Harding’s siblings all went to college at 12 and her parents home-schooled her and her siblings, giving them the nickname of “The Brainy Bunch.” After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, she became a US Navy lieutenant and started her residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
If you were a little kid, you probably would have thought that there was no way that anyone could perform surgery at such a young age. But, this was not the case for 12-year-old Ambati Balamurali. He was able to perform his first surgery at just seven years old, and since then, has saved many lives and has helped numerous patients recover from their injuries.
Ultimately, Ambati chose to pursue a career in medicine because of his interest in biology. He also credits his uncle, who was a doctor, for inspiring him to go into the medical field.
There are many reasons why someone chooses to be a doctor. Some prefer to have the freedom of working for themselves or have more control over their careers, but others enjoy the challenge and rewards that come with being a doctor. Whatever your reason, these real-life Doogie Howsers show that it’s possible to succeed in any career at an incredible young age.