Success Story: From Journalism to Medicine

A former TV news reporter trades daily deadlines for a doctor’s scrubs.

James Lozada, 36, of League City, Tex., gave up his longtime career in broadcast journalism in 2006 to become a medical student and explore a new career path. Eight years later, he's now a resident in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Here, he explains what led to that choice:

Why medicine? It appealed to me from a young age. I was in a health-occupations program in high school, and I worked full-time as a phlebotomist [a technician who draws blood] through college. I probably would have pursued premed as an undergraduate, except for a less-than-stellar freshman year. Instead, I majored in broadcast journalism. As a journalist, many times I would cover health stories in a hospital and think, This is where I should be.

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.