A 21-year-old is about to become the youngest student ever awarded a medical doctorate by the University of Chicago.
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Sho Yano, who was reading at age 2, writing at 3 and composing music at 5, will graduate this week from the Pritzker School of Medicine, where he also received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Yano began college at age 9 and earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University at age 12 - summa cum laude, the Tribune reports.
The average age of students entering medical school in the U.S. is 23, and there were schools that refused Yano admittance because of his age. School officials worried that the difficulty of medical school would hurt Yano's ability to have a normal adolescence, the Tribune reports.
"I never understood that," Yano said. "Why would being allowed to challenge yourself be considered more damaging than being totally bored?"
The University of Chicago admitted Yano in 2003.
SOURCE: USA Today