At a certain point in medical school you probably looked around and realized that being smart isn’t all that special. Most students are pretty smart. But what’s harder to find – and what leads to the highest levels of achievement – is a strong work ethic and character. Which brings me to Michael Talarico, an AUA student who recently matched in radiology at Dartmouth.
I first met Michael when I worked with EED in Antigua and he was the head TA. He remains the same person with a great sense of humor and a positive spirit who takes his responsibilities seriously. His father is a radiologist, so he says he grew up in dark rooms and spent a lot of time volunteering in radiology over the years. Still, he started med school with an open mind, thinking he might go in a different direction. It was only during rotations when he kept finding himself intrigued by radiology that he decided on radiology as his first choice specialty. His USMLE scores were not as high as the averages for that specialty, but he was more than able to compensate with his strong work ethic and personal qualities. The information below is based on an interview with Michael.