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incrediblexman: need guidance

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jim Henderson, Aug 23, 1999.

  1. Jim Henderson

    Jim Henderson 10+ Year Member

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    Aug 22, 1999
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    I graduated in English in 1987. I was considering medical school and took all of the basics plus a number of biology electives. My grades fluctuated between A's and F's, depending on my attendance. I was immature, irresponsible, and spent too much time playing rock music. Now 37, I have built a successful career in programming, but have realized that I really did/do want to be a physician (which I believe suits my temperment,talents, values, and goals). I can't enter any Post-Bacc programs because I've taken the classes before (I've checked). I have an unique ability to master complex material rather quickly, but also tend to take on more work than a sane person should (if they want a balanced life).
    I need some perspective. Is there ANYTHING I can do that would enable me to apply next year? Presently, I'm still working, but I could presumably stop either in the fall or the spring to devote more time to study and medical related volunteering.

    I need to make decisions about courses (day or evening) to take so I have to decide if one year prep is out of the question or not. Many thanks.
     
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  3. drhenderson

    drhenderson Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Jul 24, 1999
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    Sounds like it's going to be tough. What was your overall gpa? Are you going to be able to master MCAT topics in a year? This would be hard to do even if you were an A student, but with your grades, it may be even harder.
    Before you do anything, I suggest getting an MCAT prep book, working through the topics and doing some test questions. If you can do very well on these and you can get a great MCAT, it may be worth a shot.
     

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