MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) - David Alderman applied and was accepted into the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health after initially being waitlisted in 2002.
Alderman graduated from Central High School and attended UW-La Crosse and Viterbo then worked at Gundersen Health System as a nurse practitioner while raising his son.
18 years later he decided to revisit his dream of becoming a doctor.
"I don't think it's a question of passion," Alderman said. "I considered some different career options over the years but nothing has quite held my attention like medicine."
Alderman celebrated with his rural health cohorts at their virtual white coat ceremony on Friday.