Name: Tori Jaeger, DO
School/Program: Baylor Scott & White/Texas A&M University
Why did you choose your profession?:
I initially wanted to be a physician after participating in an international mission trip. I wanted to be able to have a skill set that would be useful in any area. I decided gastroenterology was my passion after growing up with a hereditary colon cancer syndrome. So, becoming a gastroenterologist was a perfect fit.
Current Passion Project:
Send Hope Now, an organization caring for HIV/AIDS orphans in India. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network working toward pancreatic cancer research.
Who was/is your inspiration?
My mom instilled the value of goal setting and hard work. She always supported me and believed I could achieve whatever I wanted to. She passed away from pancreatic cancer during my second year of residency.
Fun Fact 1:
I had my daughter a month and a half into my intern year—1300 miles from any friends or family!
Fun Fact 2:
We’re in the middle of adopting our second child from Colombia.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Shadow a physician from the moment they get to work until they leave at the end of the day to get a realistic perception of what life is really like. Ask lots of questions. Work hard. Women—don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be both mom and doctor!
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