non-traditional

  1. lucy_less

    Considering postbacc..... is it worth it, and what is the best way?

    Hello! I am graduating this summer from a great university with a great GPA, but my degree is in the humanities. I have regrets about not doing premed -- I started out wanting to do it, had worked extensively in medical jobs and as a scribe and had a lot of personal experience with the field as...
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    Dartmouth (Geisel)

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  3. T

    Best things you've done in your gap years? (Looking for advice)

    Hey all - I'm 3 years post-grad (not super non-trad I realize, but thought I'd post here since my question is about post-grad life & applying with gap years). I was pre-PA/ considering other paths for the past two years, then this fall finally decided I want to go for med school. I'd really...
  4. J

    PRE-MED NON-TRAD STUDENT NEEDS HELP

    Hello everyone! So I really need help in starting over or completing my pre-med undergrad degree and I'm TOTALLY lost as to where and how to start. A little about me before I let the questions pour our. So I'm a 27 year old woman, wife and mom to 3 beautiful kids (aged 6,4, and almost 2). Due...
  5. O

    WAMC? Non traditional but with some life experience and accomplishments.

    When I was ten years old I had an extremely complicated, incredibly dangerous, and forever impactful surgical operation. It was an appendicitis. Okay, fine, it's probably the most routine surgical operation that exists in medicine. But as a very very sick ten year old, that was how I viewed it...
  6. I

    School List Suggestions, please!

    Hey everyone, I am looking for some suggestions into what sort of medical schools I should be applying to based on my stats and other provided factors. What would be considered safe, moderate, and attainable reaches? White male, 28 years old, large state school (OSU) Undergraduate pre-law...
  7. C

    Meeting prerecs for non-traditional students

    I am planning to apply to joint PhD-MD programs in the next year. I have completed most of the traditional prerequisite courses, but not all. Several schools acknowledge that applicants can complete prerequisite competencies by means outside of the traditional undergraduate coursework, such as...
  8. Ryze

    Is Medical school worth it AFTER becoming a PA?

    Should I go back to Medical school AFTER becoming a PA? Specialties interested in: Internal or Emergency Medicine Here are my personal thoughts: I don't like to disparage my profession, but the way we learned medicine was through memorization of algorithms and buzz words. We were not taught...
  9. M

    Medical School after Leaving Graduate School...Twice...

    Hello all! I left a T20 chemistry PhD program back in 2017 and I'm currently in the process of applying to resume my studies. I originally became interested in chemistry because of my interest in medicine, and I plan to pursue medicine in the future. I see many paths forward from here involving...
  10. MaesterDean

    Mentioning Last Cycle in Personal Statement

    Hi all - First time starting a thread, so I'm sorry if this has been tackled elsewhere. I applied to 20 MD programs during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, attended 4 interviews, was placed on one wait-list, but received no acceptances. After graduating I took a position in research which I have...
  11. K

    How do medical schools view non-traditional gap year jobs?

    Hi everyone. I am going into my second gap year and am applying for the next cycle. I have scribed and worked in research along with all of the other typical pre-medical/gap year jobs. I am moving to another state and am not looking for another $10-$15 per hour job. I was recently offered a job...
  12. D

    Should I retake pre-req courses from 10 years ago if I did an SMP?

    Hi everyone! First time poster. About me real quick: I graduated in 2012 at UF with a 2.56 GPA with my BS in Microbiology. In 2018, I regained some confidence and decided to try for med school again. I took some classes at a community college (Straight As in 3 science classes +labs and...
  13. K

    Bad GPA - decent post bacc

    Ok guys I’m finally going to post... I’ve been lurking for a while but recently made an account. I am a Texas resident who attended a public Texas school. I graduated with a PRETTY bad gpa, 2.6 in Biology. I honestly don’t even know what my science GPA is. My initial goal when graduating...
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    Need some Insight on What Career Direction to Take

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  15. A

    Old Pre-Reqs, MCAT Study

    How did the rest of you non-trads study content for the MCAT if you were somewhat removed from taking the pre-req classes? I have taken Chem 1/2 recently and will be taking OChem 1/2 and Biochem in the near future. But all my biology and physics classes were taken ~10 years ago. So I think the...
  16. C

    Bit of a sticky situation... Should I switch colleges or stay where I am and adjust?

    Hello, all. I'm in a bit of a weird situation and seeking some advice. I was attending a very small state college while attending a technical college. One was for my undergraduate degree and one was to become a licensed EMT for clinical experience. The state college (3 weeks into classes) denied...
  17. S

    Overwhelmed: help figuring out where to start

    I've started and stopped multiple attempts at a MCAT study schedule and am having a hard time figuring out what will be best for me. I'm a non-trad who has been out of school for quite some time to take care of a disabled family member. I tried Kaplan's online course and had trouble keeping up...
  18. L

    SMP/ DIY Post-bac or apply all DO schools?

    I am URM (AA) and I graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a 3.075 GPA (I believe my SGPA is lower than this maybe 2.9). I am currently in the process of studying for the MCAT and taking more classes to boost my GPA. I took a stats class in the summer received an A. For Spring 2019 I am planning...
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    Do I still have a chance?

    Hello, I am a senior in college with a bit of an unusual story that got me where I am today. I started college at one of the top liberal arts schools as a poli sci major intending to go into politics. After my freshman year, one of my parents was diagnosed with a terminal illness and that's...
  20. M

    Non-Trad Academic Letters of Recommendation Question

    Greetings, SDN. Quick question for you guys: I have two solid letters of recommendation, one from over a year-long research internship and the other from the director of a charity that I've been at for over five years. However, I just realized (my fault, I know) that I'm required to have...
  21. sushi18

    Is it okay to take one of your OChem Labs during the cycle you're applying?

    Hi there, I'm a non-trad and thinking I might have to move my OChem 2 lab to the summer when I'm applying a few years from now. Given that I'd have taken all my other labs at that point (including OChem 1 lab) and have all my other prereqs done, would it be seen poorly for me to do that? It's...
  22. C

    MD & DO Getting nervous.. Should I apply OOS? TMDSAS Non-trad - 3.18 cGPA. 4.0 post-bac. 509 MCAT. Good ECs

    I've tried to figure out what chances I have for in-state, but I'm having trouble calculating what my odds are, given my significant post-bacc work, leadership experience, and job history. Anyone have any ideas how a solid year and a half of 4.0 post-bacc influences things like lizzyM and WARS...
  23. tawnymarie85

    Other non-traditional premed students?

    Hello Everyone, I am based out of the SF Bay Area. I'm early 30's. Single mom. I work at a few hospitals. I've been trying to find a way to connect with other non-traditional students. Are there resources besides this forum? I've attempted searching tags etc on social media such as Instagram...
  24. M

    Reality check please.

    Hey everyone, Newbie here. I am not sure if I could as a non-trad. student, but here goes: I am currently a Music Therapy/ Composition Double major, with a strong interest in neuroscience. I was told freshman year that I could not do medicine by my family (abusive situation), and I believed...
  25. sushi18

    Research Experience ending 2 years before app - too old?

    I'm a non-trad recent graduate who did research for most of my college career, completed an honors thesis and am currently working on publishing. However I will not be applying until 2020, and am not planning on continuing in the lab I'm currently in because I want to do something more in line...
  26. sushi18

    MD 3.8 GPA / 515 MCAT / Non-Trad ORM

    Hi! I'm a non-trad who'd really appreciate SDNers' feedback on what schools I have a chance at/where to improve as I have a few years before I apply. Please note that some of these stats are anticipated. Thank you! cGPA/sGPA: 3.8/3.67 MCAT: 515 (Higher CARS / lower CPFBS) State of residence: CA...
  27. V

    School list: International student, MCAT 511, GPA 4.00

    Hey guys! I am an international student from Europe, and I plan on applying to medical schools in the upcoming days. That said, I was hoping you could help me create a list of schools I should apply to. I believe that only private schools accept international students. My stats: -MCAT 511...
  28. W

    Becoming a better candidate for M.D/D.O. school

    Hi everyone! This is my first time posting here because I really need some help right now. I was wanting to apply to M.D. school this cycle, but I don't think that is doable right now. My latest MCAT score was a 485 (I at least want to get a 508 in the future). I wasn't fully prepared the last...
  29. A

    Non-traditional Medical school route help!

    Hello, I am a 2016 graduate with a degree in Communication Disorders. I have applied to Audiology programs twice now,and both times I have been waitlisted to the schools I applied to,and later rejected. One school told me,to my face,to considered a career path change..and so I did..in terms of a...
  30. his989

    Seeking Advice for Non Traditional Dental School Applicants with Engineering Background

    Hello All, I've read some good threads about non-traditional dental school applicants, and I thought this would be a great place to seek advice from others. Here's a little bit about myself: 27-year-old Asian male. Graduated in 2014 with BS in Civil Engineering (3.2 overall / 3.5 major, 122...
  31. RayMae

    Ruining chances at med school with BSN?!?!

    Honestly I am writing this at 6 am after a night of no sleep from worrying about this exact subject so bare with me. I have always wanted to be a doctor. That being said I am currently a 21 year old ICU tech who is about to start her second semester of Nursing school. I had originally began...
  32. T

    Non-trad with family concerns

    Hi All, I’m new to this, but I wanted to share my story and get some feedback. I am 30 years old, married, have two toddlers, and am currently an engineer. My spouse encouraged me to chase my dream of medicine, and I have now been accepted. The problem seems to be that even though I was told my...
  33. B

    Non-Trad with an awful first freshman year. Am I screwed?

    Hello everyone, My first freshman year was embarrassingly awful, I was irresponsible and partied way too hard. During the second semester I decided I was going to enlist because i saw what I was becoming and needed some discipline. I enlisted, served for 5 years, and separated with an...
  34. T

    Took the DAT, Need advice, what are my chances?

    Dear SDN Community, I am non-traditional applicant really interested in applying to dental schools this cycle. My stats are as follows: undergrad 3.5, Graduate 3.8. DAT 20AA. Specific scores are written below!. I have about 100 dental shadowing hours. I am also planning to take additional...
  35. H

    Is it REALLY possible? Becoming a DPT while serving in the National Guard..

    Is it Really possible? Becoming a DPT while serving in the National Guard.. First off, this is my very first post on SDN - I have realized how valuable some threads on here are to others! Hearing from those who have gone down the paths that others want to go down provides people with incredible...
  36. MrsPolly

    Online pre-req classes for Cornell

    I've looked around and haven't specifically found the answer, but does anyone know if Cornell takes online classes as pre-reqs for vet school? I've reached out to admissions via email, but havent heard back yet. Long story short: I'm a college drop out from years past with a current (sales)...
  37. N

    Accepted to 1 year postbac at 31 - cold feet?

    Hi there, I've been extremely lucky enough to be accepted to a top 1-year post-bac program with linkage opportunities. For a variety of reasons, I followed a different track in life, and am currently seeing success in the business world. I'm comfortable financially and happy in my role. Though...
  38. B

    Dismissed from Graduate School, Chances for MD/DO?

    Hi everyone, this is my first post on SDN. TL;DR -- I did well in undergrad, but failed out of graduate school due to family/financial circumstances & lack of maturity. My failures do not represent a trend, but a hiccup. What can I do, if anything, to smooth out this blemish from my record as I...
  39. M

    Non-Tradtional / Career Changer 2017

    Hello everyone, I just turned 38 years old and I've been considering a career change into medicine and I had a few questions for the experts. Any input would be greatly appreciated! For the last 12-13 years I've been working in sales and business development, but I'm miserable and really...
  40. nobaddays

    New NonTrad; any pointers?

    Hey all, I'm a new (to the site) non-traditional, pre-med student. Been checking out the forums for a few days now, and the wealth of information and personal experiences shared on here is awesome! Anyhow... figured I'd kind of introduce myself and see if anybody has any tips/tricks/pointers...