Jennifer's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Here, There and Everywhere

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Houston, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

JENNIFER ARNOLD

Pediatrician/TV Star [TLC's The Little Couple]

“If it's not meant to be, you'll find out for yourself. But don't let anyone persuade you.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Perseverance Struggle Fulfillment Experience Community Instincts Doubt Pressure Transitions Chance Planning Support & Encouragement Fear

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

biology, children, doctor, dwarfism, hospital, lab research, little person, medical school, neonatologist, pediatrician, rejection, residency

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Because she’d had so many surgeries as a child, she’d been around doctors, had an interest in medicine.
  • She wasn’t sure if she would be able to be a doctor because of her height.
  • Realized that no college student knows if they can be a doctor; “you haven’t done it yet.”
  • Went for it, made it clear in her essays that she was a little person.
  • Was accepted into her dream school, Johns Hopkins University; they didn’t think her height would be a problem.
  • Felt good about that acceptance because at other schools, she’d had to spend her interviews defending her abilities.
  • Says her resilience comes from her belief that “life is short”; she wants to enjoy every moment she can.
  • Now works as a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and stars on a reality show about her family life.

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