Monday May 06, 2013
David Dimitroff, of Valparaiso, had always wanted to become a doctor.
Upon graduating high school, though, earning a liberal arts degree, along with his business connections, had seemed like a more logical -- and less intensive -- road to a good career. So he earned a bachelor’s degree from IU and began a career in newspaper operations.
Before long, the closure of his company, combined with his desire to pursue medicine, had him re-considering his original plan. In 2010, at the age of 28, Dimitroff enrolled as a second degree bachelor’s degree student and set on the pre-med track.
“Originally, it was very daunting,” Dimitroff recalled. “It would be about a three-year process to even get to the point of starting medical school. . . I thought, ‘wow, this is a big decision and a big move but one I really wanted to invest in.’”
He invested heartily, earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average on the way to his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, which he earns this May. Throughout his academic career, Dimitroff also served as a tutor in Student Support Services and was a supplemental instructor in chemistry. Dimitroff also taught undergraduate labs in biology and chemistry as an adjunct faculty member.
“I am happy to say that I have been accepted to the IU School of Medicine – Northwest and I will be starting there in the Fall of 2013,” Dimitroff said. “It was a lot of work and a lot of sacrifices to essentially stop what I knew and what I had been doing for so long to go back to the classroom,” Dimitroff said. “But, I couldn’t be happier with the decision. I am so excited to start medical school.”
Even looking toward the first day of medical school at the age of 31, Dimitroff doesn’t regret a single move he’s made throughout his professional or academic life.
“All those experiences I amassed between the period of leaving Bloomington and starting at IU Northwest, are going to pay dividends in caring for patients,” he said.
About the Class of 2013: Indiana University Northwest conferred 854 degrees at the 47th Annual Commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2013. The Class of 2013 collectively received 123 associate’s degrees, 606 bachelor’s degrees and 125 master’s degrees. More than a hundred of the graduates have earned their diploma with honors.