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Med School Acceptance a Slam Dunk for UAlbany Grad

David Wiegmann graduates from UAlbany to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor but leaving behind great memories of playing in two NCAA basketball tournaments and making friends with teammates from Denmark and Australia. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2014) -- David Wiegmann of Breese, Ill., always knew he wanted to go to medical school. He also has a passion for basketball. It was just about setting up the right combination of hoops and pre-health. At UAlbany, he found the right mix.

A personal experience with surgery in 2010 made Wiegmann certain that medical school was the right path for him. Making eye contact with others was once a struggle for him. Wiegmann had successful muscle surgery on his left eye at age 18 to correct his slight amblyopia, or lazy eye.

“The positive impact on my confidence was unimaginable,” he said. “One day I will have the same profound effect on my patients.”   Wiegmann’s family, including dad Ron, mom Lisa, sister Katelin and his grandparents are flying in for his UAlbany graduation. He stayed closer to his hometown of Breese, near St. Louis, Mo., for his first two years of school, attending Southwestern Illinois Junior College before transferring to UAlbany.

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