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 pre-med/ med. school

I am considering switching from the computing field to medicine. Since
this newsgroup combines these two fields, I hope that I can get some advice.
 I have not finished my degree requirements (engineering management) but
have completed all basic undergrad requirements. I do enjoy my present work
but after entering an EMT course, I have become very interested in getting
an M.D.
 I am 24 and I am currently running a computer hardware company. I assume that
the standard course of action is pre-med. My question is: Is this a realistic
goal? At best, I will be ~27-28 when I apply to med school. Does this
have a negative impact on acceptance? Or is kind of change more common than
I think?

Thanks in advance.
ps. feel free to post here or by email.

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Sat, 10 May 1997 00:57:37 GMT
 pre-med/ med. school
: I am considering switching from the computing field to medicine. Since
: this newsgroup combines these two fields, I hope that I can get some advice.
:  I have not finished my degree requirements (engineering management) but
: have completed all basic undergrad requirements. I do enjoy my present work
: but after entering an EMT course, I have become very interested in getting
: an M.D.
:  I am 24 and I am currently running a computer hardware company. I assume that
: the standard course of action is pre-med. My question is: Is this a realistic
: goal? At best, I will be ~27-28 when I apply to med school. Does this
: have a negative impact on acceptance? Or is kind of change more common than
: I think?

: Thanks in advance.
: ps. feel free to post here or by email.

I would apply if you think that is what you want to do.  More and
more freshmen are in their 30's and 40's, so 27 is a young pup.

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Sat, 10 May 1997 04:45:59 GMT
 pre-med/ med. school
(Rob states that he wants to switch from computers to medicine, and
 wonders if this is feasible.)

I'm a 29 year od ex-engineer who's now a 3rd year medical student at
Duke University school of medicine.  I also went to B.U.

I took no undergraduate chemistry or biology, so I took those at a
local community college (in my case, the Harvard Extension school,
just across the river from you.)  My undergraduate grades weren't
outstanding (around 3.45 GPA, I think) but I aced the 6 courses I
took for pre-med requirements.  When I finally applied, I applied to
23 different medical schools, was grated interviews at almost all of them,
and was only rejected outright by one school.  I was 27 when I finally
entered med school here at Duke.

Your age and experiences could be turned around into assets if you do
it right.  But you must show a good deal of medical interest and  
experience (volunteer for local hospitals, learn all you can, and ace
all pre-med requirement courses, and do well on the MCAT.

However, the most important thing is to get into a pre-medical advising
program where you get to know your advisor very well, work on
weaknesses, get help acquiring letters of recommendation, and learn the
most important "Secrets" of applying to medical schools.  There are 2
local such advisory programs that you have access to in your area (B.U.
and Harvard Extension.)

Do you think I'm joking about the "Secrets" of applying to medical
schools?  I'm not.  You must realize that these top schools receive
80 applications for every single class position.  You MUST tell a school
by telephone that they are your top choice, if they are, to be assured
an interview (but don't tell everyplace that.)  Several schools only
give 50% of their interview slots out to applicants initially, then wait
for students to call, expressing a real interest in being interviewed,
to give out the remaining interview appointments (they get tons of
applications, but can't really tell who REALLY wants to go to their
school.)  

Good luck...
                                - Thomas E. Jones



Sat, 10 May 1997 02:50:26 GMT
 
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