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Child prodigy, now 21, gets MD from U of C

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This week, 21-year-old Sho Yano will become the youngest student to attain an M.D. from the University of Chicago.

What's even more impressive is that in 2000, he was a 9-year-old college freshman.

Yano entered the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine when he was 12 and had already graduated in three years from Loyola University.

According to the Chicago Tribune, he completed his first year of medical school, got his Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology and then pursued the rest of medical school so that he'd be at least 18 when it came time to work with patients.

Yano was reportedly reading by the age of 2, writing by the age of 3 and composing music by 5. At the age of 8, he scored a 1,500 out of 1,600 on the SAT.

Yano is now an accomplished pianist with a black belt in tae kwon do, and he's not the only prodigy in the family.

His only sister, Sayuri Yano, 15, is working on her second bachelor's degree in violin performance at Johns Hopkins University.

After graduation, Yano plans to begin a five-year residency in pediatric neurology.

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