Storm Dorrough faced many challenges along her path to medical school.
She was raised, in part, by her extended family while her mother worked full-time and went to night school to create a better life for Storm and her two siblings. Storm took most of her high school AP courses online because her rural school only offered one. She worked nearly full-time while going to Trinity International University to be able afford it, and then, when it came time to apply to medical school, took a year off to work and save up money for the application fees. But she wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of her dream.
“No one said it would be easy, and I’ve got to keep studying and working to succeed – but I’ve finally made it,” Storm said. “I’m where I’ve wanted to be for a long time.”
The experiences Storm had along the way helped shape her interest in becoming a physician and now are teaching her about the art and business of medicine.
These include spending time in the hospital where her mother worked as an LPN, working on the front lines of patient care as a patient service representative during her time off between undergrad and medical school, and experiencing healthcare from the patient side when her grandfather was ill and in and out of the hospital.
“During my time as a patient services representative, I learned how important it is to work as a team to most efficiently care for patients, and how to communicate empathy and understanding,” Storm said. “Coming from the other side, when my grandfather was sick, I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the physicians, nurses and techs who took time to talk with us and express sympathy. Their helpfulness and kindness went a long way. I want to bring all these lessons with me as I move through my career.”
Storm started medical school at MCW-Green Bay this fall, and said she was drawn to it because of her desire to practice medicine in a small community and because of the community’s focus on each individual. It is a focus community members continue to maintain.
“I’ve been working each week with a local pediatrician, given Green Bay Packer tickets, fed meals by community members more times than I can count, I know all my classmates by name, and help from administration is one phone call away,” she said. “People here care, and my education isn’t just an individual endeavor – it’s a community effort.”
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