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Sho Kayo: The Real Life Doogie Howser, M.D.

Meet the real life Doogie Howser, M.D. His name is Sho Kayo, and he's getting his M.D. from the University of Chicago at 21 years of age:

Sho Yano has been a college student for 12 years, but it's only recently that he looks as if he belongs, blending in with undergrad students in a Hyde Park coffee shop.

This week, the 21-year-old will complete the journey he began as a 9-year-old college freshman, becoming the youngest student in the University of Chicago's history to receive an M.D.

Yano was reading at age 2, writing by 3 and composing music by his 5th birthday. He graduated from Loyola University in three years — summa cum laude, no less. When he entered U. of C.'s prestigious Pritzker School of Medicine at 12, it was into one of the school's most rigorous programs, where students get both their doctorate and medical degrees.

Bonnie Miller Rubin of the Chicago Tribune has the story: Link


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We had a young girl in our medical school class. Not as young as this guy, but 19 years old entering medical school is a pretty young age.

She never got to have an actual childhood, really. Needless to say, though she is incredibly smart and seemed to know all the answers she never had the best emotional maturity to deal with the work demands of the medical profession. No matter how smart you are, if you don't focus or don't show up, you are not a good doctor.
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Weird. I could read at 2 as well. I'm unemployed (long-term, just ran out my extended benefits May 12th), only ever worked $10-$12/hour office jobs and...well, I don't care. Why so different?
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