There are many individual reasons for going to medical school: Wanting to save lives, loving science and family traditions are just a few of the touchstones we claim as our motivations for beginning and sustaining this journey. What was it that finally convinced you to go for it? I'm looking beyond academic prowess and aspirations to a personal WOLTENSCHAUNG (sp?) as motivators: Did you experience something or meet someone or read something that convinced you? For me, the most inluential factors affecting my choice of professional life goals include reading the works of Lewis Thomas, the bravery and dignity of a former (deceased) patient whom I met in the hospital and the desire to have answers to questions about saving lives and improving the quality of it. Let's hear from you!!!