Ken Jeong is a critically-acclaimed actor having appeared in the TV show Community and the hit film trilogy Hangover (he was the guy who jumped naked out of the trunk of the Cadillac), but did you know he’s also a physician? Ken has plenty of medical experience so I wanted to put him to the test. What made him such an excellent candidate?
Ken has a long list of academic accomplishments, which explains how he had the ability to became a physician.
- Graduated from Walter Hines Page High School with achievements such as being on prestigious quiz bowl team, playing violin in his school’s orchestra, and was elected to student council.
- Finished high school at age 16 which earned him Greensboro’s Youth of the Year award.
- Completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1990 and went on to receive his M.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
- He completed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, while also being a stand-up comic.
Because of all his hard work, Ken is now a licensed physician in California — however, now he has it even easier being an actor. In his words, “Medicine is a hard-won skill, and acting can be a fickle profession, so I tried to be realistic. Now, I’m a spoiled actor. I get weekends off and hiatus weeks — time I never got as a doctor.”
What Ken Did Right
His success started when he was in high school and his exceptional talent allowed him to excel in both comedy and medicine. Because he always had his medical career to fall back on, he was able to take risks in acting — and it definitely paid off.
I take this as a lesson to how versatile the medical field is — once you receive that M.D., you can pursue other interests alongside it because you’ll now always be employable. Ken had no worries because he knew he could always go back to medicine.
Does Reading Ken’s Story Make You Want to Study Medicine?
Now that Ken Jeong is an accomplished actor and comedian, many don’t remember his original plans of being a physician. Ken is the best celebrity candidate I have reviewed thus far — I hope his story inspires you to also do well in your own medical studies!