Hello- I am a 40 year old mother of two young kids, and have desperately wanted to go to medical school for a very long time, but circumstances have worked against me. I now finally have the chance to get started on pre-reqs (2 yrs FT ), with a view to enter med school in 3-4 years time. I am not concerned about debt, eventual pay, residency hours etc., as in my mind it will absolutely be worth it. I also have a supportive spouse. My concerns are that a) I will spend time and money doing pre-reqs, only to be rejected by med schools due to my age b) I don't have the luxury of applying to schools/residencies outside of my current geographic region (luckily NYC so plenty of schools around). Does anyone have any thoughts? I have only found a few schools that explicitly state that they do not discriminate on the basis of age, so I wonder if I should do pre-reqs at an ivy school (obviously way more expensive) just to get a competitive edge? My only other alternative would be to do an "entry to practice" type accelerated NP program. After setting my ego aside, a NP/nurse anesthesia position could be somewhat satisfactory, but I would always be sad that I did not go the MD route. Also with most NP programs now requiring a doctorate, I would be in school for 4 years either way. I am not interested in a PA position as there is limited room for growth and I know I would get bored in the long run. Thank you in advance for your advice! Should I just go for it?? I am scared.