Hi all! First post. I am a 23 year old chemical engineer at good public school in Texas. I recently took a physiology class, did biomedical engineering research involving animal surgery and volunteered at a hospital, and loved each one of those things infinitely more than the boring distillation columns and whatnot that make a ChE career. I always wanted to be a doctor... so it is time to quit fighting and go to med school! The problem is that I will probably need post-bacc work to get in. my gpa is about 3.4, which I hear is barely competitive. I also have a tragic lack of experience in hospitals and other biological/medical things. So... here are the options I was looking at. 1) 2 year M.S. in biomedical engineering (BME) at a campus with a medical school. 2) Dedicated 2 year premedical post-bacc program awarding a (meaningless) masters in medical science. What do you guys think the plusses and minuses are of each? The BME path looks good because it is cheaper and I will end up taking graduate bio classes at a med school. Plus I love BME, and would get to do more animal surgery and work with more stem cells! This program would be at UT-Houston or UT-Southwestern, which both have top tier medical schools near the grad schools. The dedicated post bacc program offers a more focused curriculum, and may make me look more committed when I apply in two years. Also, the curriculum mirrors the medical school classwork and will give me an edge when I do make it into an allopathic school. I can definetly see the appeal of one of these programs. This program would be at UNT in Denton, TX, which is a DO school and is not ranked as high as UT-Southwestern or UT-Houston. Last question... I will be 25 at application time according to my plan. Is this a doomed career change? 25 seems so much older than all the 21 year old applicants at my university! Thanks!!