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How can I get into med school?

Discussion in 'hSDN' started by Mommyto2, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Mommyto2

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    I am currently a business major with a minor in bio. I go to school online, am 20, a mother of two, and I run my own business... I know I need to be "well-rounded" with extra curriculars to get into med school but I'm not sure what I can do. I also need to know what classes I need to take to qualify. I'd like to study plastic surgery.
     
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  3. S6MD

    S6MD Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
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    I'd focus on pre-reqs and the MCAT. Have you tried volunteering/shadowing to see if this is something you'd really like to do? Also, your post will probably be moved to pre-allo.
     
  4. Mommyto2

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    I'm weeks away from delivering my 2nd child so I haven't really gotten the chance. I'm just starting college next month and I planned to do some shadowing next summer
     
  5. HH Holmes

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    You are posting this in hSDN -- a high school forum where posters usually have no undergraduate level experience. You should post this in Pre-Allo or Pre-Osteo, but I am sure a moderator will move it.

    Basic requirements for medical school are:

    Bio I & II w/ lab
    Chem I & II w/ Lab
    O Chem I & II w/ Lab
    Physics I & II w/Lab
    Calculus and/or Statistics

    Undergraduate coursework has no effect on where you will match into residency. Usually residency programs look at Step I USMLE/COMLEX scores, letters of recommendation and evaluations from rotations. It helps to rotate in your M3 and M4 year at institutions which you hope to land a residency position.

    Welcome to SDN :)
     
  6. Mommyto2

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    Thank you! I posted it here because I'm just starting my freshman year and have no prior college experience. I didn't realize I needed to post elsewhere.
     
  7. HH Holmes

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    No problem. Good luck with everything and feel free to PM me if you need any help.
     
  8. torshi

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    "I am currently a business major with a minor in bio" :confused:
     
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    OP probably meant that she intended to major in business and minor in bio.
     
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    calvnandhobbs68 I KNOW NOTHING
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    You need to take all the necessary pre reqs (+ undergrad degree), get good grades (at least above 3.5 cumulative and science, usually), and have lots of clinical experience and some research will definitely be a major plus. Getting clinical experience is critical to see if you really want to do medicine because not only getting in is a long arduous process, but old saying goes: med school is like drinking water from a fire hose.

    It seems like to me if you want to do plastics you have really high hopes but I would say dont worry about what you want to specialize before actually getting into med school.
     
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    Don't mean to drop the bomb, but most med schools will not accept any online course work. This may change due to the state of the economy, but for now, it's a no-no.
     
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    Depends on what the school is. If the degree is from University of Phoenix or something like that it's likely to be an issue. If they are online classes offered by a regular brick-and-mortar school, the adcom has no way of knowing that they were taken online.

    Regardless, most of the med school prereqs have a required lab component so you can't earn your degree completely online and be ready to apply.
     
  14. isoquin

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    First thing's first: what will you sacrifice? Two kids + running a business + med school doesn't work. 15 hour shifts will ensure something has to give. The fact that you want to go into plastics tells me you are most likely unaware of the lifestyle and time commitment. My best advice to you would be to shadow full days with whatever specialty you want to consider to get a feel of both the medicine and lifestyle.
     
  15. vasca

    vasca En la era postpasambre
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    I agree. Either you (the OP) will have to take gigantormous student loans and become a debt slave for the next 50 years (I assume you are already saving for a college fund for the kids) or have a parttime job in undergrad with very flexible schedules (which is something hard to come by in the current state of the US economy) or at least have someone willing to babysit the kids for free because you will seldom see them.

    In Mexico you seldom meet people that have children as med students because the huge time commitment is too large, they do start getting hitched the second they graduate though.

    To become a plastic surgeon you pretty much need to be a resident for 5-7 years meaning you will be forced to do 24 or 32 hour work shifts every few days on an ever changing working schedule. One month you will work on the first Saturday, next month your shift moves all over the place and you're working the first Sunday. Then we have the issue that as a Plastic Surgeon, to get hired in an already existing private practice your superiors will want you to be working while they are at the beach, and to be honest this happens anywhere in medicine no matter what specialty or country you live in. My working schedule at the local practice I work at is always moving around because I'm working while my coworkers are on vacation covering their shift.

    To top that off, since most people prefer to get plastic surgery when they are on vacation, it's more than likely their company will give them vacation during Easter, summer break and XMAS. Doctors have to work during holidays at one point or another in their careers (last year I worked on New Year's Eve) but this is even more marked in plastics because of the kind of patient population you are treating and the fact that since it's mostly elective surgery, patients choose to get surgery when they have the time. You might not be able to go on vacation to the beach along with your kids.

    It's no surprise than female doctors tend to drift towards specialties that grant them more regular schedules such as Peds, IM or Pathology to name a few examples. I recommend to shadow doctors from different specialties with that in mind. :luck:
     
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    I agree with most of what has already been said, especially visiting the non-trad section, nixing the online classes and shadowing various specialties but the first thing that jumped out to me while reading this was the amount of responsibility in your life and whether you have adequate support. It is definitely possible to become an MD (and also a plastic surgeon if this is what you want) from your situation but you are going to need a huge amount of support and balance.

    Check out Mommd if you haven't already
     

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