This realization led Gingrich to the Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program.
"I decided to take the leap and come back to school when I started to feel the pull towards a career that would challenge, satisfy, and sustain me for a long time…the idea that I don’t have to take on this whiplash-inducing career change by myself is a huge relief," she said.
Though Gingrich admits it has been a while since she was last in an introductory chemistry class, she is looking forward to being back in the classroom during her first semester in the Program, diving into STEM classes, and figuring out where this new path will lead her.
"I’m really excited to get some hands-on experiences, talk to physicians, and get a better sense of what every potential path in medicine might look like," she said. "It’s not the easiest decision to give up a perfectly functional career, the relative ease and comfort of the working world, and the social niceties of being a young professional in a big city, but I know that this is the right choice for me."