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Northwestern: Medical Student’s Short Film Raises Awareness About Survivors of Sexual Assault

A high school film class eventually led to a lifelong passion for filmmaking and directing for first-year Northwestern medical student Mr. Mike Boctor, who was also inspired to pursue a career in medicine around the same time. His interest in medicine was sparked after a memorable physician helped treat him physically and emotionally when he was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus.

Mr. Boctor’s dual passions for film and medicine followed him to college where he led a student film production agency while pursuing a major in biomolecular sciences at the University of Michigan.

During a gap year before beginning medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Mr. Boctor directed a short film depicting real stories from undergraduate sexual assault survivors as part of a larger research study. The film, called “Finding the Strength to Heal,” has won awards from film festivals in Australia and Los Angeles and is still on its festival trail. Mr. Boctor, who doesn’t plan to stop filmmaking anytime soon, hopes the film can be used for research and inspire other film projects as he continues his medical school career.

Read a Q & A with Mike Boctor.

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