After graduating with an interdisciplinary B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) from the University of South Florida (USF) and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida (UF), I was convinced that I should pursue a multidisciplinary doctoral degree. The Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) program piqued my interest because it assesses plants from a host-centric perspective. Furthermore, I was attracted to the DPM’s target to incorporate integrated pest management (IPM) into their curriculum. Objectively, the DPM program aligns with my goals because it is committed to facilitating students to become applied plant doctors, scientists, researchers, educators, entomologist, nematologist and plant pathologist.