9 year old mom in her own way, she is now a graduate of Mayo Medical School

Dr. Sarah Merrill, emphasis on doctor, always wanted a medical degree, so when her youngest son was 2, she started medical school. She has just graduated and is well on her way to becoming a neurosurgeon!

Dr. Sarah Merrill – Credit Mayo Clinic

Dr. Sarah Merrill – Credit Mayo Clinic

Mom of 9 Mayo Medical School graduates

Sarah Merrill just graduated from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. We don’t talk much about the other Mayo Clinic locations, because we’re home to the Mayo Mothership here in Rochester, Minnesota, but we need to take a few minutes and give the doctor a standing ovation!

With her husband and children, ages 8 to 20, by her side, she accepted her diploma and is now heading to Indiana, where she has more education to pursue, but this time as a resident of her chosen field, neurosurgery.

Dr. Sarah Merrill – Credit Mayo Clinic

Dr. Sarah Merrill – Credit Mayo Clinic

ON Good morning America Dr. Merrill said “… her journey to medical school began at the age of 17, when she entered Dartmouth College as a major in medicine, then met her husband, got married and when she had a 5 month old daughter graduated from Dartmouth. “

He was about to go straight to medical school. but she changed her mind to be a stay-at-home mom for a while. She has transformed in a long time. Again, from Good morning America

“We weren’t necessarily looking for a large family, specifically, in our schedule, but that’s what we did … We ended up having four daughters and five sons, and we had all nine of those kids in 12 years.”

Dr. Sarah Merrill – Credit Mayo Clinic

Dr. Sarah Merrill – Credit Mayo Clinic

He was 34 when he decided to go back which meant taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) again.

“I remember studying for MCAT when my two youngest were 2 and 3 years old and my 2 year old was climbing me like a mountain while I was trying to practice practice.” (Source)

Above she talked about her support team, and this included her mother who moved to Arizona to be by her side, and her husband, who was able to work remotely so she could move to Arizona from Pennsylvania.

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One of the most interesting things she witnessed as an “older” medical student was the increase in moms in her program. Alone her three when she graduated.

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