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Am I too old for Med school?

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by Lisochka, Aug 22, 2005.

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  1. Lisochka

    Lisochka Senior Member

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    I will turn 30 in a couple of months.
    When I get into a med school, I probably will be 32-34.
    After I will be done with the school and residency, I will be 42-44.
    Am I too old?
    thanks
  2. HilfigerCelica

    HilfigerCelica Junior Member

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    That's something only you can answer. Going to med school means you have to
    push things in your life further back. You can go into a field of medicine where your residency is only 3 yrs which would allow you to have a family if that's what you're wanting. I would think long and hard and weigh out the pros and cons if I were you and see which path suits you the best.
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    If you think medicine is definitely right for you, there's no such thing as being 'too old.' However, you obviously have legitimate concerns, and only you and those close to you who know you can help you really decide- its different for everyone. FWIW, my parents immigrated here in their mid 30s when they were previously docs in India, and had to repeat their residencies/fellowships, basically getting done in their early 40s. They had to work really hard (its harder to do 36 hr. shifts when you're 37 compared to being 27), and deal w/ being with residents 10 yrs. younger and all that on top of cultural differences, but there's no question it was the best decision in the long run. Nobody ever gets everything their way, but if you're willing to sacrifice a little now, you'll definitely get a lot later. However, that decision like I said is ultimately up to you.
  4. moentropy

    moentropy New Member

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    where are you going to be in seven years if you don't go to med school? You're going to be some loser who takes a job at a financial firm and has to walk to the copy machine for exercise. Go to med school and save yourself the aggravation of being a pissed off fat fart.
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    blowe46 Member

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    why do you get your kicks opening a new account and trolling people?
  6. Ebete

    Ebete Senior Member

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    Go to the non-traditional thread; you are not alone!!!
  7. Jon Davis

    Jon Davis I killed the bank.

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    You're older than the moon!
    :)
  8. sunnyjohn

    sunnyjohn Got Mustard?

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    Heck no! You're a young pup!
  9. JohnnyOU

    JohnnyOU Slow like Honey

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    Nah...you're a great age....Go for it :)
  10. mj1878

    mj1878 Water good...

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    I agree with the above. If you know that medicine is for you, then you KNOW. I'm 27 and currently applying. Just think of it this way: even if you're 38 when you start to practice, you'll still be able to practice for thirty years if you want to, and you'll still be able to say that you didn't "settle" for your career; you did what you wanted to do.
  11. Lisochka

    Lisochka Senior Member

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    thank you so much for your help, guys!
    I appreciate it!
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    also, don't just assume that when you are 'finally' in your own practice or an attending at a hospital, that that's the finish line, and now you are a doctor. being a resident is totally being a doctor. my husband is a peds resident and he is virtually the family's and the patient's first line of defense - he is very involved with every aspect of that patient's care. just the intensity of it alone makes it the ultimate experience in medicine. yeah the hours are crazy long and the pay is very low those years, but would look at your career as starting there. residency is the time (and fellowship too) that you've chosen your field and are settling into your skin as a doctor, both intellectually and emotionally. :luck:
  13. ernieraisin

    ernieraisin life is good

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    i am 31 now. if i get in for the 2006 cycle, i will be pushing 36 when i grauduate. whem i am done with the residency i want, i should be around 43.

    the bottom line, i will be 43 doing something i love and something i pursued with all of my heart and soul.

    heck, i am going to be 43 anyway! i cant stop the aging process. i may as well be doing something i love at 43 then to wonder at the age of 43 "hmm..i wonder what might have been...." as i sit at a job i hate.
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    moving to the non-trad forum...


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