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Real STEM Stories

Who powers the science that powers our world? It’s not just the kind of scientists you see in popular media; it’s all of us!

James Hill, M.D. 

Community Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic

“I said, ‘Oh, maybe I can do that!’”

What do masonry and medicine have in common? According to James, who worked as a brick mason before pursuing medicine as an adult, both are based in STEM principles but at their best include art, as well. From working in bricklaying with his father to seeing his cousin studying to be a doctor, James has found STEM-inspiration from the people around him. 

“Black males in medicine are quite unique. If I didn’t have a cousin who had done it before, I probably wouldn’t have done it at all.”