Sho Yano, who began college at the young age of 9-years-old, has become the youngest student to ever receive an M.D. from the University of Chicago.
According to the Huffington Post, 21-year-old Sho Yano began reading at the age of 2, writing at 3 and composing music at 5. Yano is set to graduate this week from the same school he received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology, Pritzker School of Medicine.
Becuase of Yano’s age, the school made some accommodations by allowing Yano to begin his Ph.D. training after his first year of medical school, which is unlike most students who begin after their second year. He was 18-years-old when he began his second year of studies toward his M.D., which includes interacting with and examining patients.
Yano is not the only genius in his family as his sister, Sayuri, is also a prodigy and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Roosevelt University in 2010. The 15-year-old is now at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in violin performance.
Currently, Yano is preparing for his residency in pediatric neurology, where his interest in that particular field came about while doing a rotation at LaRabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Joel Scwab, who is the professor of pediatrics and on the admissions committee described Yano as a
“nice, polite, 11-year-old boy, dressed in a little suit. He was never going to be among typical 11-year-olds, where his mother would drive him to Little League. He was going to be a doctor.”
While Yano will soon graduate medical school and has been a college student for 12 years, he is also an accomplished pianist and has a black belt in tae kwon do.
21-Year-Old Sho Yano Becomes Youngest M.D. in University of Chicago’s History.