Getting in to Med school. Need help, Bees! Please!

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Sasha2011:  What country are you in?  I think the requirements are different depending on that. My best friend is a doctor and I know a little from her.  An ex of mine was an engineer and left that to go to med school a few years ago (he’s in year 3 now I think).  He was around 30 at the time.

Post # 3
588 posts
Busy bee

Sasha2011:  A friend of mine is doing her medical residency right now – after going to one of the best med schools in the country – and this was after having FOUR kids! I honestly don’t know how she did it, but with four babies she got into a great school, excelled, and is now at a great hospital. It obviously can be done. 

It isn’t easy though – a lot of the application comes down to your grades in undergrad, which need to be stellar. I don’t know what country you’re in/planning on applying to schools in, but you’ll also potentially have to study for the MCATs and kick ass on them to show that you still have it.

Post # 4
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you were in the UK I would advise you that medical school is exceedingly hard to get into without excellent and relevant qualifications (it’s probably the hardest degree course to get into) and that the route to becoming a doctor is long and arduous. And that’s without a small child to take into account. 

What’s your undergrad degree in?

Post # 5
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Sasha2011:  I’m currently finishing fellowship in Endocrinology in NYC, I can tell you, it’s been a brutal process. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a doctor and interacting with patients, but the training goes on forever. I did 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, 3 years of residency in internal medicine and now finishing up to years of fellowship. The hours are crazy, you don’t get to have much of a life. That being said, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I’m not sure what your major was in college, I’d recommend looking into the post-bac pre-med programs that prepare you for entry to medical school, might help the whole process. MCATs are important, and any scientific research is always a big boost to the application too.  Just keep in mind you’d be looking at at least 7 years of training.

Good luck!

Post # 6
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I scanned through your posts trying to find your location, and I saw that four months ago you posted asking if you should pursue an MBA. Believe me, I know what it’s like to be confused/torn/frustrated about potential career paths, but I would not recommmend starting the tedious and expensive process of applying for medical school unless you are 100% committed to it.

As other posters have mentioned, it depends on what country you’re in. I can tell you that in the US, you’ll have to study for and take the MCAT (one of the hardest things I’ve ever done), and if you’re rusty on physics, biology, inorganic or organic chemistry, you might have a really tough time getting caught up. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve taken all of the prerequisite undergrad classes.

Besides the MCAT, your undergrad grades are going to be super important. Admissions committees also tend to want to see a lot of community service/volunteer work in addition to healthcare shadowing to show that you’re serious.

The application process may have changed, but when I was doing it, it was really expensive. The primary application costs money, and any school that invites you to complete a secondary application will charge you an additional fee. Interviews aren’t covered by the program, so you’d have to pay for transportation and lodging.

I just talked to my friend completing an MD, and he said that based on the application schedule he did, if you wanted to start med school next fall, your applications would probably be submitted in June (so 2-3 months from now) because of rolling admission. Here’s a timeline aimed at undergrad students:

Post # 12
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

if your undergrad is not in a natural science (bio, chem etc) I think that is the first place to start — you will (usually) need to take all of the undergrad science courses. I know that when I was in undergrad Organic Chem we had a lot of people who were trying to get into med school.


I don’t know that you could really take your MCATs without this background info

Post # 13
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you’re going to have to talk to some Canadian doctors/med students, because I would bet that the process is different from the US.

Post # 14
3835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sasha2011:   The college I attended for undergrad had a postbaccalaureate program specifically for people who wanted to apply to medical school but had degrees in non scientific fields.  The program was well thought out and had a fabulous acceptance rate.  I wonder if something like that might help you?  Best of luck!! 

Post # 15
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hi – No idea about Canada but a friend I worked with in IT for many years did this. He was a software engineer for 10 years, then at 30 decided to pursue medicine. He had to take a couple of years of ‘catch up’ science classes at local colleges to get his med school pre-reqs. He also did not get his pick of schools – *but* he did get into med school, got through, and just finished his residency (I think he is 39 now). So although I don’t know the specifics, it ISN’T TOO LATE, you can become a doctor if you have the drive to get it done.

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