HELP! Looking for med school advice 
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 HELP! Looking for med school advice

Hello to all med students and those currently working in the health
field!

I'm considering going to med school after working for two years in the
international development field.  I would need to do post-bac for a
year and then study for the MCATs.

Has anyone ever decided to go to medical school after having been out
of a lab for several years?  What were your experiences?  Good, bad,
indifferent?  Is there anyone who thinks that going to medical school
after what some may consider "wasting" time worth it?

One of my biggest fears is not being able to perform well on the
MCATs.  I mean, I knew plenty of people who MAJORED in bio, chem, etc.
and didn't get into that many schools or didn't get a great MCAT
score.  Am I being unrealistic?

A few more questions...does it matter where you get your post-bac?  It
doesn't make sense to go to a private university for these classes and
spend tons of money.  Also, id there anything else I should be doing
in the meantime to prepare?  Oh, and what exactly is a physician's
assistant (*besides what is obviously sounds like)?

For what it's worth, I'd want to go into family practice/pediatrics.

Thanks for your time and advice.

Renee

g



Wed, 05 Mar 1997 05:41:03 GMT
 HELP! Looking for med school advice
Renee:  I've retired after 32 years as a neurologist.  I have only one
word of advice: DON'T.

G. Scott Tyler, M.D.
Mesa, Arizona, USA



Fri, 07 Mar 1997 04:42:51 GMT
 HELP! Looking for med school advice

Quote:

>One of my biggest fears is not being able to perform well on the
>MCATs.  I mean, I knew plenty of people who MAJORED in bio, chem, etc.
>and didn't get into that many schools or didn't get a great MCAT
>score.  Am I being unrealistic?

Well, it probably depends on how long you've been out.  However, I found
that a great help in studying for the MCAT was the Betz MCAT Study Guide.
They summarize every concept in Bio, Inorganic Chem/Organic Chem, and
Physics that you need to know for the test.  They also review math
concepts and the two sections on reading and essay.  Also, two or three
chapters on building study skills and memorization skills are quite
helpful.  I was very  surprised at how little of the info (equations, etc)
that I learned via rote memorization was actually included in the MCAT
(took it August this year).  A good, solid, daily study of the concepts
should get you through just fine...

Quote:
>Thanks for your time and advice.
>Renee

Sure..hope it's helpful...good luck out there
--

**    "It's not the cough that carries you off, but the coffin they   **
**                         carry you off in."                         **
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Sat, 08 Mar 1997 06:42:57 GMT
 HELP! Looking for med school advice

Quote:
>Renee:  I've retired after 32 years as a neurologist.  
>I have only one  word of advice: DON'T.

>G. Scott Tyler, M.D.
>Mesa, Arizona, USA

I assume the original post was about finding a med school, and
this reply was, well... "DON'T".  Dr. Tyler, are you advising
against going to medical school?  I'm still in practice 14
years after completing my neurology residency training, and I
enjoy what I'm doing.  I split my time among teaching at a med
school, working at a city hospital, and doing consults for an
HMO.  I don't have an independent private practice, however,
and I know some colleagues who do who are a bit disgruntled.




Sun, 09 Mar 1997 08:45:50 GMT
 HELP! Looking for med school advice
Kathy and Renee:

(Renee ! "working in the field of medicine" is not the same as going to
medical school in the below.)

Unless you are driven by desire to become a physician ! don!t try.

All I can speak to is my own experience 35 years ago.  For those with an
IQ in excess of 150 or something, it would be a different event.  Of
course, a person with such an IQ does not want to waste their time in med
school anyway, I hope.  

Not everyone shares my impressions.  Obviously, Victor Frankel didn!t
have such an ordeal in medical school, internship and residency.  If he
had he would not have been nearly as much impressed by his fate with the
SS.  

Helping people ! often in spite of themselves ! is very gratifying.  I
enjoyed it immensely and would not exchange the experience for anything.
But one does not have to be a physician to help people.  Many other
professions are of more direct, if less authorative, help.

If you expect in becoming a physician to be creative, independent and
well paid, you are wrong.  You will work at the basic level of family
medicine for a large organization at a livable wage.  

If, after a minimum of ten years of analysis, you still are compelled to
go to med school, !May the Logos be with you!!

GST



Mon, 10 Mar 1997 22:54:13 GMT
 HELP! Looking for med school advice

: (Renee ! "working in the field of medicine" is not the same as going to
: medical school in the below.)

Amen

: Unless you are driven by desire to become a physician ! don!t try.

: All I can speak to is my own experience 35 years ago.  For those with an
: IQ in excess of 150 or something, it would be a different event.  Of
: course, a person with such an IQ does not want to waste their time in med
: school anyway, I hope.  

Again, amen.  I find it interesting that the general public thinks that
physicians are so "smart".  I work closely with about 40 physicians from
interns to very experienced attendings (and a few med students) and am
really learning about what "smart" means.  I am often blown away with the
facts that these people can rattle off (especially the interns)  however I
am rarely impressed with their thinking processes.  VERY few of them have
any soft of critical or creative thinking going on.  It seems that if a
patient doesn't fit the book they don't have much of an idea about what to
do.  Nor do many of them have the life experience to recognize the world as
a whole (talk about a broad statement - I mean they see people broken up
into limbs, organs or molecules; they see the community broken up into
medicine, medicine and medicine [ha, ha just a joke, I couldn't resist]
medicine, laws, social aspects, religion....  There's no sense of
integration).  I AM GENERALIZING.  I work with some wonderfully creative and
open eyed and knowledgable doctors.

: Helping people ! often in spite of themselves ! is very gratifying.  I
: enjoyed it immensely and would not exchange the experience for anything.
: But one does not have to be a physician to help people.  Many other
: professions are of more direct, if less authorative, help.

I said this in another thread:  it's too bad that medical "training" takes
so long and that there is such age discrimination in medical shools.  I
think things would be different if {*filter*}s became doctors instead of becoming
a doctor and thus postponing becoming an {*filter*}, and becoming an {*filter*} as a
doctor (it changes your outlook on the world as does all professional
socialization).  I am grateful that I was socialized first and then found a
helping profession that suits my holistic, empowering, belief in people type
beliefs.  (I'm a nurse practitioner and I'll add by saying that nursing
itself did not meet my self as professional but advanced practice nursing
did.  I went to nursing school at 28 and NP school at 35.)

: If, after a minimum of ten years of analysis,

with a physician??  How about 10 years of life

you still are compelled to
: go to med school, !May the Logos be with you!!

: GST

Julie



Thu, 13 Mar 1997 05:02:34 GMT
 HELP! Looking for med school advice
have you looked at the KAPLAN couse for the MCAT?


Fri, 21 Mar 1997 13:02:51 GMT
 
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