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Medical students face grueling, expensive road to practice
Sacramento Bee

For months, Brittany Lewis awoke early, padded into her kitchen and started each day the same way. Cereal. Juice. A medical book by her side. While her 5-year-old son slept in the next room, Lewis fixed her gaze on her computer screen and prepared for the biggest test of her life.

Last week, she reviewed her microbiology notes one more time. She then headed to a Fair Oaks testing center and took the $530 exam she hopes will bring her one step closer to her dream.