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Dr. Courtney Baldridge: Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine

It was no surprise to anyone that Dr. Courtney Baldridge opted to become a pediatrician — except perhaps to herself. The 26-year-old California native said she planned to become a nurse and didn’t think otherwise until her freshman year at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. “When I was really young, I felt strongly called that God wanted me to go to another country and do some kind of work with people who have less and need more hope,” she said. “I really wanted the one-on-one patient care that nursing offers, so until college I hadn’t really considered going to medical school.” more