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is this considered a career change?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by streetdoc, Oct 9, 2002.

  1. streetdoc

    streetdoc Senior Member
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    May 13, 2002
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    ok, on one of my secondaries it asks if my application represents a career change.
    my problem is this...i've been an EMT/Paramedic pretty much since i graduated college 2 years ago. i only tried the EMT thing to see if i liked medicine...i never considered it a career for me. i then got involved in the paramedic class and now 2 years have passed.
    Do i check the box as a career change? it's not like i'm going from business to medicine...
    any ideas are welcomed
    PS-does working as a paramedic really give me a foot in the door? or do adcoms not really care?
  2. Amy B

    Amy B I miss my son so much
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    I would say no... I don't think it is a career change. Lots of pre-meds do the EMT route during pre-med years. It is a great way to see if you want to deal with patients and their problems.

    If you had been doing it for more then 5 yearsw ithout going to school, then I would put it down as a career change.

    They want people like me, who was a freelance photographer for years before I went back to school, to tell them why I all of a sudden decided to apply to med school.

    Just my 2 cents:p
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