March 21, 2022


First-year Texas A&M University College of Medicine student Skyler Child ’25 was about to finish middle school when he knew he wanted to be a doctor. His eighth-grade class was taking a group photo to commemorate their middle school graduation when he was hit in the finger by a pencil a classmate had carelessly thrown. 

As the day went on, his finger continued to hurt and swell. That evening, he asked his father, a physician, to look at it. His father thought the finger might be infected and said he would reach out to some doctor friends in the morning. 

Nathan Child '25 (right) gets the opportunity to be near his niece and nephew while attending medical school alongside his brother, Skyler Child '25 (left).

Together, the brothers entered medical school at Texas A&M last fall. Skyler’s education is supported by two scholarships that have helped him focus on excelling academically: the Mary Elena Franklin-Class of 1981 Rapport Society Endowed Scholarship and Janell and Joe Marek ’57 Endowed Scholarship. They are both taking a heavy course load, covering topics such as medical gross anatomy and basic clinical skills. The brothers say the medical school experience has been hard and stressful, but that it is also quite rewarding.

“We have the opportunity to support each other, and I get the opportunity to watch my nephew and niece grow up.”
- Nathan Child '25

Adding even more to Skyler’s busy schedule as a first-year medical student are the many demands of being a young father of two. When he finishes class, he comes home to help his wife care for their children, both of whom are under two years old. He spends the early evenings with his family and picks up the phone to study with Nathan primarily after his son’s bedtime.

“It’s been so meaningful to be together as a family,” Nathan said. “We’ve gone through some tough, stressful moments, but the fact that we have each other makes all the difference.” 

In the next year, the brothers will enter their clerkship training—which can be in Bryan-College Station, Round Rock, Dallas or Houston. They hope to be placed at the same location so they can continue their medical school journey together.   

After medical school, Skyler hopes to pursue anesthesiology, largely due to the influence of his anesthesiologist all those years ago. “I love anesthesia and being able to comfort someone when they are having this really scary time in their life and about to have surgery,” he said. “And I’m going to make sure they’re comfortable for this.” 

You can help the next generation of Aggie doctors serve others and help the Texas A&M College of Medicine attract the best and brightest applicants by endowing a scholarship for medical students. Contact David Boggan ’79 at the bottom of this page to learn more.