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I want to attend Medical School -

vramos

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Greetings everyone:

Here's information about me: I'm a 30 year old married female (no kids - nor plan to have any) and I work full time as a paralegal. I have been working as a paralegal in personal injury for the past 6 years. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Business Management in 2015. My g.p.a. was not that great - I ended up graduating with a 2.95 gpa - I had severe depression the last year of college.

I entered the legal field because I wanted to pursue law but it isn't the field for me - I honestly have no idea why I ended up here.

Working in the personal injury field and also being involved in two accidents myself has peaked my interest again in the field of medicine. I want to be a doctor because I want to help people. I care about people and I want them to help them with their health and wellness. I don't have any experience in medicine - I summarize medical records at work, set up appointments for independent medical examinations and retain experts. Prior to working in the legal field, I worked at a dental office as a receptionist with dental assistant responsibilities for about 7 years. On a side note, I also dislike my job. I don't like sitting all day, not being able to talk anyone. I stayed in the legal field as a paralegal because of the pay but the paycheck is no longer making me happy. I earn close to $80K before taxes but it's just not worth it anymore for me.

Should I enroll in a formal or diy post-bacc program? I took a Gen Chem 1 class and received a B - I am planing to take it again. I took it at SCUHS in 4 weeks while working 60 hours a week which wasn't a good idea.

Should I switch jobs to a position in the medical field? Medical scribe? I know I am going to take a big giant decrease in pay and that is fine with me because I want to make my dream come true. I want to be able to focus in school and earn A's but also gain experience at the same time.
 

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What comes to mind is formal career-changer post-bac! They got research, shadowing, volunteering, letter of recommendation, and mcat resources for someone starting fresh like you. Plenty of people have made it through this route - I suggest researching post-bacs like these with linkages to medical school.

Although this will not be an easy journey, it is doable.

Thoughts @Goro
 
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M&L

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first of all, DO NOT RETAKE A B. I would suggest taking a harder course on the subject instead (admissions from 2 universities recommended me that, I had B- in organic chemistry 2).
As far as what you should do - its rough. I switched my career from finance, so I literally went back to school full time, while working in a medical field (addiction treatment facility) overnight. This gave me clinical hours, patient care experience and necessary courses. It was rough, but for me it made sense.
 
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