Third-year student returns to Gary to become a doctor, inspire hometown youth

October 29, 2015

Dana Jones, a native of Gary and a third-year medical student at IU School of Medicine-Northwest, likes the idea of working in the very clinics and hospitals where she grew up. Sensing a particular bond with patients she encounters, she often shares her story about growing up in Gary, overcoming the challenges of getting into medical school and her dreams of returning to serve those with whom she shares a kind of hometown trust.

Dana Jones, a third-year medical student at IU School of Medicine-Northwest, enjoys the opportunity to inspire children in her hometown of Gary.  | Photo By Erika Rose, IUSM-Northwest

Jones realizes that regardless of the medical path she takes, she wants to make a difference and influence others.

“I truly believe that if you are determined, if you put your mind to it, you can get anywhere in life,” Jones says. “I definitely want to serve the hospitals and people in my own community.”

Jones initially decided she wanted to complete her medical education in Gary to be near her family. However, the decision has proven to be the best in many ways. Not only did she receive a scholarship when she committed to complete her third and fourth years of medical school at the Northwest campus, but she also discovered the quality education that is unique to the region.

“I initially came here because I wanted to come back to Gary to be near my family, but I know now that this was the best decision I could have made,” Jones says. “This campus has everything that could have helped me get to this point. The professors are amazing.”

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