Looking for advice for a 27-year-old that wants to go to med school
January 3, 2014 4:56 PM Subscribe
I currently work in software engineering (my background is in finance and computer science) and am thinking seriously about giving med school a stab. I'm less interested in getting into the reasons (though if you have comments on that I'm open to it), and more interested in advice and resources on making the transition. I feel terribly old to do this, but there's no time like the present, right?!
posted by anonymous to Education (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
It seems to me like I need to take: 2 sem bio+lab, 2 sem physics+lab, 2 sem chem+lab, 2 sem orgo chem+lab. I have 1 sem of bio+lab from college and I played out of physics a semester of physics, which it seems most med schools will accept, leaving me with 6 classes (with lab) that I need. I'm a minority (hispanic), I went to an ivy league undergrad with a high GPA (3.7) in 2 degrees (finance, computer science), and work for a name brand tech company. Right now I've enrolled at a local extension school for chem 1+lab (to make sure that I want to do this, etc), but I'd love resources on not making any obvious mistakes as I get my pre-reqs and put together my application. My current thinking is to save up money for a year or two, take a class a semester (so hopefully in that time I can knock out chem 1 and 2, and perhaps bio 2), then drop my job (or go part time), take orgo and physics and study for the MCAT. Does this seem smart? I'm a California resident, and it seems like California has lots of great medical schools.
I'm also interested in methods for paying for medical school (short of massive student loans!). I know that the military is an option, but I would like to avoid that. Are there other ways to mitigate the cost?
What do I need to know?
And am I too old to do this? It's daunting to think of not starting medical school until I'm 29/30, but I know that I will go crazy eventually if I stay a software developer and well...life is short, right? Gotta go for that gold ring.