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University of Texas at Arlington

Family finances: prescription for a new career

Associate editor Patricia Mertz Esswein asked James Lozada, a former TV news reporter, about his decision to apply to medical school. ESSWEIN: Why medicine? LOZADA: I was in a health-occupations program in high school, and I worked full-time as a phlebotomist through college. I probably would have pursued premed as an undergraduate, except for a less-than-stellar freshman year. Why did you leave TV news? I couldn't see myself covering fires, murders and accidents decade after decade. It's also a very unstable gig, requiring you to move frequently to excel. When I left in 2006, the news environment was changing from traditional to new media. Reporters around me were getting...