Mark Manary (MM): I’ve always been a couple of standard deviations out there on wanting to make the world a better place! I originally studied chemical engineering at MIT, and my first job was at an aluminum company. The company was planning to laypeople off, however, and just at that time I got a call from somebody at Washington University asking if I might consider studying medicine there. The university was looking to boost numbers on its medicine course, and prospects at the aluminum company weren’t particularly appealing, and so I decided to give it a try. It was a leap in the dark, because I’d never really studied biology, but I’m a person who is very focused on the present, and I tend to think more about what I’m doing in the here and now than what I might be doing in five or 10 years’ time. So I took the opportunity.
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