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A mother recaptures her dream of becoming a doctor (8-9-99)

Marcia Youker Skott-Myher was a pre-med student in 1970, but put her plans to become a physician on hold when she and her husband found out she was expecting their first child.

During the years that followed, Skott-Myher raised three daughters and two stepchildren, received both a bachelor's and a master's degree, worked as a stockbroker, assisted abused women and the homeless, and founded her own documentary film company. Only now, after watching her daughter, Summer Youker, and both her sons-in-law graduate from the Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is Skott-Myher finally trying on her own white coat.

At the Health Science Center's White Coat Ceremony this summer, 200 incoming Medical School students shared the stage with Skott-Myher as they symbolically donned their new white coats to begin training as physicians.

"There are no words to describe the elation I felt when I received my acceptance letter from the Health Science Center," Skott-Myher said. "Years of frustration melted away. The entire family had one big cry."

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