Med students in their early 30s...need your advice plz!

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  1. Marcy C.

    Marcy C. Junior Member

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    Im 32 yr old nurse who has been in the nursing field for 6 yrs. Im burned out! Im thinking about going back to school, perhaps med school. I have a BS in bio ('92). The question I cant seem to find an answer for is this.....do I want to be in my 40s when Im a practicing MD? your thoughts please!
     
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  3. silvercholla

    silvercholla Smarter than the avg bear

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    If you're burned out now after being a nurse for 6yrs, what's going to happen when you are in school for four and a resident from 4-8yrs? If you really want to remain in medicine then go for it, but if you burned out in such a short period of time either because of the field or because of the work load then maybe you should do something else. But personally I think you should go for it, especially if you want to continue your work at a higher level of care. Good Luck and GOOD FOR YOU! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  4. gherelin

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    Maybe you should post this in the residents forum...? I'm not sure what you mean by wondering whether you want to be a practicing MD in your 40's....You mean a newly licensed practicing MD? Or just any practicing MD? What else did you want to do with your 40's?
     
  5. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member

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    You will be in your 40's eventually anyway, so if you want to go to Med School then go ahead and do it! I'm in my "early thirties" now, and am starting med school this fall. I figure by the time I "burn out", I'll probably be dead anyway!

    OK just kidding, but don't let age factor into your decision. just do what you want.
     
  6. lola

    lola Bovine Member

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    If you are really dissatisfied with your job and feel like you wouldn't have the same complaints as a doctor, I say go for it! I almost went in to nursing, but feel like I'd get burned out too after a few years. Nurses work so hard and rarely get the credit they deserve. Even if you're in your 40's by the time you finish, at least you won't have 15+ more years of working in a job that you dislike.
     
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    To be honest, the question "do I want to be in my 40s when Im a practicing MD?" can only be answered by yourself. Don't base any decisions on what we have to say. You have been in healthcare for a while, you should know if you will truly be happy as a physician. If the answer is yes, then go for it. Just make sure you understand that the trip to and through medical school is long and rocky, but if you will be happy as a doctor and learning about medicine for 8+ years, what are you waiting for.
    Best of luck,
    Doc13
     
  8. Luv Nietzsche

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    A friend of my friend worked as a nurse for 20+ years, & decided to go for med schools. She did a post-bac program & got accepted at first try. She also has 2 kids, & it wasn't easy to get through med school. But, she just finished her residency last year, & loving it now.
     
  9. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student

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    You're in luck! I'm a good person to ask!

    I'm a DPM (podiatrist) and I didn't start podiatry school until I was 32 years old. I was the 2nd oldest student in my class. Trust me. It was an advantage. I did a Hellish one year residency from 1998-99 at L.A. County/USC and I was 37 when I started that (and, by the way, I was forced to wait table on the weekends to supplement the meager 10k stipend they were paying me....which made my hours beyond comprehension)

    I'm reapplying to med school at age 40 because I never really wanted to be a podiatrist. This means that I won't be a practicing MD/DO until I'm about 48!

    It's only a number.
     
  10. jalan2

    jalan2 Senior Member

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    Check this out!
    <a href="http://www.oldpremeds.net" target="_blank">www.oldpremeds.net</a>
    Good luck...
     
  11. Raptor

    Raptor Found one

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    Question: "Will you want to be a Doctor at age 40 or a Nurse at age 40?" You only have one life to decide what you want to do. If it's your dream to become a doctor, then I advice you to go for it. "Life is too short for regrets." Good luck! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  12. Premeditate made a good point. You are still young, I am already 26 and I won't start med school under Fall next year since I deferred. I say go for it.
     

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