Over-achievers take on medical, law degrees at same time - New York News

Over-achieving students take on medical and law degrees at same time

Posted: Updated:
  • Must Read HeadlinesMore>>

  • Human skull donated to Goodwill store

    Human skull donated to Goodwill store

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:22:33 GMT
    Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas.
    Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas.
  • Flight returns, 2 women facing charges

    Flight returns, 2 women facing charges

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:18:43 GMT
    Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort.
    Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort.
  • When hope was gone, parents turned to Google to save baby

    When hope was gone, parents turned to Google to save baby

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:11:34 GMT

    They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

    They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Graduating from medical school is a big deal. And so is getting your law degree. But how about studying to become a lawyer and a doctor at the same time? That's exactly what these students at ASU are doing.

But who are they? And why are they doing this?

Medical school is typically four years. Add law school and you're looking at seven years of schooling. In every law school in the U.S., you'll find a vast law library.

You'll also find students like no other: medical students.

"I applied for medical school first and then I heard about the MD-JD dual degree during my interview for medical school," says Joshua Faucher, law-med student.

Joshua Faucher is one of four students attempting to complete both a medical degree and law degree. If getting 2 degrees at once wasn't challenging enough, they're doing what typically would take seven years in just 6.

It's made possible through a joint program between Mayo Medical School in Minnesota and ASU.

"Was just interested in health policy, but in medical school, we spend so much time learning the science and treatment and diagnosis that we don't have a lot of time to talk about the problems in the American health care system, and what we need to do to fix them," says Faucher.

But don't plan on seeing Faucher in a courtroom. He doesn't plan on taking the bar -- but this future doctor of law and medicine hopes the degrees gives him the tools to dissect the complicated field of medical policy.

"I'm hoping this policy background will help me advocate for insurance reform and patients, that needs to be done."

The students have two years of studying medicine under their belt already. And after they complete their law degree, they'll go back to Mayo Medical School for two years and finish their medical degree there.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:16:46 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
  • Revel closing, but property fight goes on

    Revel closing, but property fight goes on

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:34:07 GMT
    A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
    A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
  • 'Resting comfortably'

    Joan Rivers rushed to NYC hospital

    Joan Rivers rushed to NYC hospital

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:22:56 GMT
    Joan Rivers was reportedly rushed to a hospital in New York City Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery.  The TV host and comedian was apparently undergoing the procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing.
    Joan Rivers was reportedly rushed to a hospital in New York City Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery.  The TV host and comedian was apparently undergoing the procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices