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"A Look in the Mirror" Alena McQuarter Fifteen Becomes Youngest in U.S. History to Study Medicine.

Updated: Feb 3



A few months ago, she became the youngest black person in U.S. history to get admitted into medical school at the age of 13. The Fort Worth, Texas area girl has been accepted into the University of Alabama's Medical School. Reportedly, she will start her medical training in the fall of 2024.


The teenager also holds two other records in addition to this major accomplishment.


She holds a second record for being the second youngest person ever (among all races) to get accepted into medical school. Alena also holds a third record for being the youngest person ever to work as an intern at NASA.


As a child prodigy, Alena reportedly began reading chapter books when she was three years old and took high school courses at age 11. She also enrolled in two colleges at age 12 to earn two separate degrees.


Some folks have taken to calling her "Doogie Howser, M.D. -- 2.0" in honor of the ABC sitcom that ran from 1989 to 1993 about a teenage physician (played by Neil Patrick Harris) and how he juggled the practice of medicine with the everyday challenges of being a teenager.


Alena was a college junior at Arizona State University and at Alabama's Oakwood University when she decided to apply for early acceptance into medical school at the University of Alabama. She was accepted in May of this year.


Alena has her own Instagram account called "thebrownstemgirl." As a minor celebrity, she has partnered with a Barbie YouTube channel and is now hoping that she will have a chance to go to space.

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