nontraditional applicant looking for advice

  1. S

    Non traditional student advice from early graduate students

    Hello If you’ve completed undergraduate school (pre-med) within 3 years and have successfully gotten into medical school right after (no gap year) please DM me, I have some questions I’d like to ask. OR If you completed your pre-med within 3 years and had to take a gap year, but you still...
  2. K

    Career Change...

    Hi Everyone, I'm brand new to this site and new to the process of going to/thinking about medical school. Currently I am in law enforcement and have been for the past 6 years (I am 28 years old too) Recently though, my wife and I have come to the conclusion that we need to move closer to...
  3. H

    Medical School chances with low GPA (MD/DO)?

    Hello everyone, I graduated with a degree in Biology with 3.2cGPA and 2.9sGPA. I will be starting a MHA this fall and plan to apply 2020-21 cycle. I haven't taken the MCAT yet but I am planning to take it in the next 2 months (practice Kaplan FLs have averaged around 508). I know that my uGPA is...
  4. S

    Soul searching

    Hey everyone, New to the forum here. 27 years old junior getting my bachelors in Bio. Had a bunch of life twists and turns and couldn't finish my degree when I was younger. I didn't do well in a couple of my earlier classes due to certain circumstances but have retaken them and gotten As but...
  5. N

    Anxiety as a Low-Grade Applicant

    Disclaimer: This is a bit of a read Hello, So I am a relatively young (23 going on 24) non traditional applicant. It has actually been a bit of a ride for me and medicine. I had been pre-med in undergrad but was in it for the wrong reasons (parental pressure, comfortable salary, pride). I had...
  6. Z

    Advice needed! Ex-pharmacy student with low GPA

    First of all, this post is kinda long, but please bear with me because I really need advice at the moment. I do know I have messed up a lot throughout school so please refrain from negative comments if you are not going to give me real advice. I have thought about going down this path many times...
  7. I

    Low Science GPA, Missing Classes, Strong Work Experience

    Hi all, A brief overview of my situation: cGPA ~3.4, BCPM GPA ~2.5, missing all chemistry classes, prior military, 2000+ hours patient care, healthcare outcomes research, Ivy Master's with GPA ~3.7, healthcare finance/operations job. Would going to community college to finish/retake pre-reqs...
  8. 9

    Army Vet MLT ——> MD Personal statement final draft?

    I think I have narrowed down my PS to near its final draft (2019-2020 app cycle) and would like to know if I can get a few people to review it. I have had some excellent help from others on this site and just looking for as many perspectives as I can get! I was in the Army (active for 18 month...
  9. X

    Do I have a chance?

    Basically I went in to undergrad with unrealistic expectations of my study skills and time management (made As easy in high school). I had a lot of clinical experience in high school and decided I wanted to be a doctor. I went into undergrad pre med and took gen chem 1st semester (C) and cell...
  10. dr.ihaveacutedog

    Please any and all advice, pretty much on my own with this.

    Hello! I am a completely new poster, so forgive me if this sucks and it's too long but know I am really trying. I am a 21 yo recent graduate as of last month with a Bachelors in Health Science. A little about my history, I initially went to college away from my hometown with the intentions of...
  11. vangolgi

    Pharmacy School to Medical School

    So ultimately, I am a first year PharmD student at a good school wanting to apply to medical school. I have long considered medical school but thought I would be satisfied with what the PharmD degree has to offer and didn't think I had what it takes to do well in Med school. Ultimately, I...
  12. M

    Is a Masters Abroad okay?

    Hello, I am currently a senior and just recently finished applying to medical school. I am now just waiting for interview invitations. However, I was curious about getting a masters degree if I do not get in this cycle. I would just like to know whether or not obtaining it abroad would affect...
  13. K

    Nontraditional Medical School Applicant Question

    Hello, I am a nontraditional student looking to apply to medical school in the coming years. I was originally undecided after highschool and decided to attend a local state university part time while I explored my options. After three semesters I withdrew. I completed 32 credits with an...
  14. F

    I need advice on my non-traditional path to Medical School.

    Hello all, I have a question on the path I am having to take to get to medical school. I am an adult student and had to start college at 24 instead of 18 years old. I started my collegiate career at a community college in my home state. I received mostly A’s and B’s but I did not finish...
  15. N

    Request: List of US Medical Schools Without Pre Requisites

    Hello, A while ago, someone posted a list of U.S.medical schools that don't have pre requisites. I haven't been able to find it. Any chance someone has it? Please and thank you.
  16. N

    Competitive Nature of Post-Bacc Admission?

    Hi there! I'm currently a rising senior at a small, private Midwestern college graduating in June 2019 with a B.S. in Mathematics with the former hopes to be an actuary. I've always been extremely fascinated with the health field and have been on the fence about my degree but never felt I "had...
  17. guerrero08

    Reapplication and DAT retake?

    I applied to this cycle and I am on the waitlist for the upcoming cycle. However, admissions say the class seems steady and full. For this reason, I would like to ask you guys if I should go ahead and reapply for the next cycle. My DAT is as follows, AA18, TS 19, OC 19, GC 19, RC 17, QR 16 PAT...
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    Should I applying late, is it worth it?

    I'm taking the MCAT on June 30th and won't get my results until the end of July. The earliest I think I can get my application in is by mid-august assuming everything else works out. Would it be worth it to apply this cycle? Would there be any cons to applying late? I also dropped the ball on...
  19. 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...
  20. Y

    extracurricular activities

    I am 28 yo, part time registered nurse in med surge, have been the chair for a safety committee at work, did research with an MD at the hospital (but my school wants me to do lab research with faculty member so they are not counting that research) I just started training in a lab but I am not...
  21. A

    Eligible for Career Changer Post Bacc?

    Hi all, Apologies if this is explained somewhere else, but I checked and didn't see it. I'm not clear on whether I'm eligible for a career changer post bac program, and if not, what my options are. Ten years ago, during my freshman and sophomore year of college, I took (and did very poorly in)...
  22. G

    Is this realistic or not?

    Hi there, I've been browsing these forums for awhile and I'm having a hard time determining if my dream of becoming a doctor would be possible. I am 27 years old. Details below: Highschool: -Graduated in top 10 of my class 1st undergrad institution (2009): -I went to a top-tier university...
  23. mangoliebe

    How do I decide if I want med school?

    Hello everyone, I'm currently a Computer Sciences track undergraduate (graduation est. 2020), but I've been considering med school. I don't know if this is an adolescent career phase or genuine interest, since I turn 16 tomorrow (yay). Without bogging this post down with the details, I...
  24. S

    BSN, RN (Student) to M.D . . . Advice?

    How would you prepare for medical school?
  25. McDanielG12

    GPA, Nursing, Heartbreak...

    Hey guys. Sorry if this has been asked 100 times, I just didn't see any posts really similar to my situation. I want med school and I want it bad. Currently, I am in nursing school. This just isn't what I want. I think I would be content with my life if I stayed a nurse, but it's not what I...
  26. R

    Confused about post bacc programs/masters program

    I am trying to figure out a route for me to get to medical school. It seems every option I have researched has been shut down. I really hope I am not the only student in the world with this predicament. Hence, why I am here. A little background on myself and school. I graduated from the...
  27. M

    SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON APPLICATION..?

    I have a question on whether it would be wise or not to mention my struggle with substance abuse on my application/ letter of intent. I believe it may be beneficial, however others have advised me against it (None of which are pre-med students or advisors). There are many factors involved in...
  28. R

    PhD/PsyD School Psych Applicant- Which job helps my chances?

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone out there might be able to give some advice. I'll be applying to some apa accredited school psych phd programs come December. I'm very interested in working in a school setting, of course, but am also thinking I might wander into a juvenile detention setting...
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    Engineering grad considering going to med school

    I'm a female URM and currently a master's student and graduate research assistant studying biomedical engineering, graduating in a week! Prior to that I got a bachelor's in electrical engineering and graduated with a 2.9 GPA. After lots of consideration, and working in a highly clinical research...
  30. W

    Red Flags in my Past?

    I’m in my early 30s and am looking for advice. Sorry if this is incredibly long winded, but I wanted to present the entire picture so I could get an accurate response of how big of a deal it is. I feel that some past events in my life may significantly decrease any chances of getting into...
  31. Dukakis

    Am I making a good choice? Would you do something different?

    I am a 25 year old senior in college graduating with a BA in liberal arts from a reputable state school. I struggled finding a career path to dedicate myself to but decided now that I want to be in health care. But I'm going to need a job with a living wage and benefits and I really don't have...
  32. B

    Current Neuro Graduate Student in need of advice :)

    Hello All! I am a current 2nd year in a neuro graduate program pursuing my master's (I also have the option to do a phd, but would like to apply to MD/DO programs sooner). I went to an mid ivy for undergrad, majored in bio, and achieved a very low overall gpa of 2.8--did alright in upper div...
  33. velarey

    Podiatry and family question, is this realistic ..

    Hi I'm 30 years of age, and I am contemplating applying to Podiatry school. I'm engaged and my fiancé and I have discussed a plan to start a family after we marry (which will be next year). So, interim I would take all the pre-requisite classes required, and then apply. My fiancé is an...
  34. 6

    MCAT Study Tips for Non-Traditional (2nd Attempt)

    Thank you all for taking the time to read this post and offer your advice and support. Am a 30yo non-traditional student. Completed most my pre-requisite courses about 10 years ago with the exception to organic chemistry and biochemistry last year (C & A respectively). My first mistake was...
  35. med-dad-78

    39-y.o. Early Childhood Teacher to MD/DO

    Hi. I was hoping anyone could give advice, what to do next, etc... I am a 39-year-old married white male with a 2-year-old and 3-year-old. I currently work about 60 hours a week as an elementary school teacher. My wife saw that I was burning out as a teacher and asked what I really wanted to...
  36. B

    Going to med school at UCLA from Canada. Can I eventually go back home to practice?

    I've been accepted to a few schools from the states and I'm seriously considering going. I just want to know how the process of gaining my license back in Canada might work out. And how hard the process will be. Thanks, B.B.
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    University of Pittsburgh vs. State School for pre-requisites

    I'm a nontraditional premed student (former music teacher) in my late twenties. I've been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh (College of General Studies) for the fall to complete the prerequisite courses I need to apply to medical school. However, I'm currently taking two prerequisites...
  38. R

    Different Situation for a Non-Trad. Low cGPA, 4.0 sGPA. Best course of action?

    SDN, So I've been reading everything I can on this forum as I have just recently decided to pursue Medicine after some serious soul searching and changes. My situation is unique and I have not been able to find a recent forum with this information. Anyways, long story short, I did not try in...
  39. B

    MD & DO Nontrad business owner, 3.94 GPA, 504 MCAT..What to do next?

    Hi everyone, looking for some honest opinions after getting my MCAT back. GPA: I am a nontraditional student with a 3.94 GPA (don't see the breakdown on AMCAS but I've had 1 B+ and 1 B, both in science courses. Rest is all A or A+.) MCAT: I took the MCAT and was deathly sick (throwing up...