SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) This sticky is intended to be a resource to help those of you who are just embarking on your journey to professional school. There are links to several other forums on SDN that can provide you with specific information about these topics. In addition, there are links to threads from this forum that previous users felt would be pertinent to nontraditional students. The original sticky was getting too long and unwieldy, so I am breaking it up into two posts. This one will have links that pertain to issues faced by nontrads in general, while the next one will be geared toward the nuts and bolts of applying to professional schools. Feel free to PM if you have any suggestions for improving this sticky or threads that you'd like to see added. Start here: What Is the Purpose of This Forum? Nontrad Awesome Advice Threads Nontrad "Secrets" of Application Success: posts by accepted nontrads about how they made it into professional school LOW GPA Success Stories (Posts by Nontrads Already Accepted to Med School): similar to the "Secrets of Application Success" thread Low GPA Plans for Success (Posts by Premeds Not Yet Accepted to Med School): premed version of the "Low GPA Success Stories" thread Things I Wish I Knew at the Beginning: advice for how to succeed as a nontrad premed and practical tips for surviving the app process--a must-read for all nontrad premeds! Pros and Cons of Going to Medical School as a Nontrad: discussion by med students and premeds. Other Threads and Forums of General Interest to Nontrad Premeds: "What Are My Chances?" Forum: forum to post threads to seek advice on your competitiveness for medical school Do You Regret Not Going to Medical School Directly After College? reflections on going to med school as a nontrad Thinking of Waiving the White Flag: discussion of when to give up on med school in favor of an alternative career. See this thread also. Should I Mention My Kids on AMCAS? Thread: opinions about how to deal with discussing family on AMCAS How Old is Too Old? discussion about starting med school in one's 30s Is 45 Too Old/Late to Make a Career Change?: pros and cons of starting a post bac and applying to med school in one's mid to late 40s. What Is the Hardest Job That You Have Ever Done? discussion of nontrad work experiences before med school. See this thread also. Hypothetically, does there ever come a time when it all just wasn't worth it? Discusses dealing with your doubts about the medical training pathway What Were Your Stats? This thread is kind of like MD apps for nontrads accepted to medical school, all conveniently in one place. Threads about Medical Student and Physician Experiences Nontrads Who Just Finished MS1: posts by current medical students and residents about med school life as a nontrad. See this thread also. Satisfaction with Medicine: posts by med students and residents on how they feel about their decision to go to med school. Do Young Med Students Accept Older Nontrads?: nontrad and trad student thoughts about the generation gap Do People Overexaggerate the Difficulty of Medical School? Thread discussing if med school is really as hard as some make it out to be. See this thread also. Nontrad Blog Roll: List of blogs by nontrad premeds, med students, and attendings. Nontrad Residency Thread: nontrad residents posting about residency life Why the cynicism? More thoughts about the downsides of medical school, residency, and being a physician Threads about Family Life for Physicians and Medical Students Keeping a Marriage Together in Medical School: posts by married nontrad med students on the work/family balance Female Doctor and Family: another discussion about how to achieve the work/family balance in medicine. See this thread also. Spouse Asks: What Is It Going to Be Like for Me? discussion about what to expect as a spouse of a nontrad medical student When to Have Kids? discussion about the timing of having children during medical training Financial Issues for Nontrad Pre-Professionals: Info on Funding for School: SDN's financial aid forum Funding a Second Bachelors Degree: suggestions about what to do if you've already maxed out your loans Starting Medical School with 100% Loans: discussion for those going to med school with no financial aid New GI Bill: thread to discuss the new GI bill, which provides educational funding for those who served in the military Economic Return of Medicine vs. Law or Business: very interesting thread about the return on your investment in an MD/DO if you are mainly looking to maximize income Right now, the list is pretty med school-centric. If you're going into another health field besides medicine and would like to get some specific threads for your field added to this list, feel free to make suggestions here. Also, if you find that any of the links are broken or otherwise not working, please PM me and let me know.