As most people are aware, becoming a doctor is anything but easy. In fact, the entire process can take anywhere from 11 to 16 years to complete, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. For students, the traditional path to earning a Doctor of Medicine (MD) includes four years of undergraduate work, another four years in medical school and three to eight years spent in a residency training program.
One student who got a head start on this lengthy process is Sho Yano, a 21-year-old Chicago resident who began his path toward earning his MD when he was just 9 years old, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Yano, who started to read at 2 years of age, enrolled in college at 9 and started medical school just three years later. Thanks to his early start, Yano is now the youngest student to earn an MD from the University of Chicago.
"He was never going to be among typical 11 year olds, where his mother would drive him to Little League," Professor Joel Scwab of the University’s admissions committee, told the news outlet. "He was going to be a doctor."
If parents think their children have what it takes to follow in Yano’s footsteps, they may want to have them take an IQ test for kids and see if they should be considered gifted.