His older brother is a doctor. So is his mother. So is his father. So was his father’s father.
So as Jonas Rawlins graduates today from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, it would be natural to assume he felt at least a little pressure to continue in the family tradition.
Not so, Rawlins said.
As a teenager, when Rawlins first began to talk about attending medical school, he said, “My mom would always ask me specifically: ‘Are you sure this is what you want to do?’ ”
Not only was Rawlins sure, but he also knew he wanted to attend VCOM, where his mother, Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, is the dean.
When he receives his diploma Saturday from the Blacksburg medical school, Rawlins will fulfill the legacy, becoming the fourth doctor in a family of four.