Grad student redirects passion toward film after finishing med school

Myra Aquino traded doctor’s scrubs for a director’s chair.

During her four years at the University of Miami, Aquino doubted her passion for medicine. Her mind wandered in class, imagining her family medicine lecture turning into a martial arts movie. She envisioned the choreography, the acting and the shots of characters destroying everything in the classroom.

Aquino finished medical school about a year ago – now she’s a graduate student in UCLA’s film program.

“I just realized...

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