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Russell Ledet’s Journey to Medical School (2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-09-04

Duration: 00:04:54

Subjects: College students | Medical students


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Ledet, Russell Interviewee


This segment from the September 4, 2020, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ report on Russell Ledet’s journey from security guard to pediatric resident at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He discusses: his time in the military; his wife encouraging him to attend college; attending Southern University and working as a security guard at night at the Baton Rouge General; the surgeon who allowed him to shadow him; his decision to attend medical school; his fundraising efforts to help the people in his native Lake Charles following Hurricane Laura; and his hope to help minority students to attend medical school. Host: Andre Moreau