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Cover Story - May 2021
Sydni Lollar, Why I Chose Medicine

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By Ashley Brantley, BCBST Reporter - Aug. 24, 2020

Honor Student, Biomedical Engineering Major, University of Tennessee Knoxville

At 16, most girls are worrying about passing their driver’s license test. Sydni Lollar was worrying about the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis. “I had a tumor in my breast, which was especially scary because my aunt battled breast cancer in her 20s,” she says. Fortunately, the mass was benign, and Sydni took more away from the experience than just a sense of relief.

“The care, support and healing that I received convinced me that I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. “I want to be the positive light for others that my doctor was for me.”

After spending a summer shadowing doctors and sitting in on surgeries, Sydni narrowed her path even further. “I found my calling in orthopedics,” she says. “I like the balance between patient interaction and surgical skill.” 

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