A day in my life

Once uncertain about his career path, Franz Espinoza knows exactly where he’s headed. A working father of two young children who’s always on the go, he won’t stop until he reaches his dream.

7 a.m.

Gets his son, Mason, ready for the day.

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast with the family.

Franz Espinoza

8 a.m.

Heads to internship at Ochsner Medical Center.

10 a.m.

Prepares a patient for a brain study.

2 p.m.

Takes a break on the quad.

3 p.m.

Crams for an exam on EEGs.

3:45 p.m.

Takes Clinical Neurology class at UHC.

4 p.m.

Studies the effects of epileptic drugs on pregnancies.

Do good.

Recording data that helps doctors diagnose conditions like epilepsy.

Do well.

Launching his medical career as a neurodiagnostic technician, followed by a master’s in physician assistant studies.

Franz Espinoza is on track for his new career in physical therapy.

When he took some time off to figure out his next move, his UHC professors noticed his absence, and they urged him to come back for a new program that matched his talents and ambitions. Now Franz, a working father of two children, is studying patients’ brain activity through neurodiagnostic studies at UHC and Ochsner Medical Center.

Franz plans to start as a neurodiagnostic technician—one of the fastest-growing jobs in healthcare—and then keep going. He won’t stop until he becomes a physician assistant.

“I never thought I’d be an A student,” Franz said. “I guess priorities change people. I have two kids. I love getting As. Before UHC, I didn’t even think about that. I even thought I was a dummy in math, but I’m not. When I took Anatomy and Physiology, I got all As in my classes, and I was reassured.”

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