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Military medical student credits being father, husband as keys to his success

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Being a medical student brings forth many unique challenges. Add to that being a husband, service member and a father of five, maintaining balance in your life can be quite a challenge. Nonetheless, Army 2nd Lt. Andrew Jacobson wouldn’t want his life to be any other way. He is currently a student at the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. Jacobson is on track to graduate in 2018.

“I wouldn’t be able to do the things I’m doing at this point in my life without their love and support,” Jacobson of his family. The Pearland, Texas, native is a father of five and has been married for almost 14 years. “My family is my support structure, and I think it’s important for me to have responsibilities outside of school, whether it’s family, church or doing volunteer work. Our children are loving energetic and playful, and that’s exactly the kind of environment I need to decompress after spending long hours studying or working.”

Before enrolling in medical school, Jacobson enlisted in the Army in 2003 as an Arabic linguist. He deployed twice to Iraq as a paratrooper in the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado. He has been a reservist since 2009, with Fort Gordon, Georgia, his duty station. Jacobson said the events of Sept. 11, 2001, motivated him to enlist. “My understanding of the world changed that day,” he said. “Although I wrestled with the decision to enlist for about a year, I ultimately decided that I needed to join those members of my generation who had volunteered to fight for the values that I hold dear.”

Jacobson credits his mother and sister, and his desire to do something more meaningful with his career, as factors that inspired him to want to become a medical professional. “Seeing how impactful positive health outcomes were for my mother and sister—both of whom had significant medical conditions for years—is part of what drives me to earn my medical degree,” he said. “Poor health can be devastating, and knowing that I can have the capacity to help someone gives me a great deal of satisfaction.”

“Second Lt. Jacobson’s focus, dedication and commitment to serving his country are reflective of what people can do when they want to accomplish their goals,” said Sharon Holland, USU’s deputy vice president for External Affairs. “I’m certain he will earn his degree, and go on to do great things as a military medical professional.”

When he isn’t immersed in his studies, Jacobson says he enjoys taking his daughter to piano lessons, or attending one of his kids’ basketball or soccer games. “I also try to save one night a week to just hang out, watch a movie, or play games with my kids,” he said. “We also attend church together on Sundays, and spend time together as a family talking about our goals and values Monday nights. I balance being a father, husband and medical student because I have to. These are all roles that are important to me, and they are all important to the future of my family”

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