I've recently decided that I would rather attend Med School than Grad School and have been reading a lot both online and in books about applying. It's been nearly 8.5 years since I was last in school and I'm worried about my pre-req's "expiring". Does the MSAR include each school's policy about the maximum interval between completing pre-req's and applying? Or will I just have to slog through each school's admissions info individually? Does anyone know of any schools who won't accept pre-req's taken many years ago? And a little background/intro for anyone interested... I'm a few weeks shy of 33, married 12 years with an almost 6 yr old DS. I have a BA (Anthro) from Rice University and a BS in Biological Science from Cal State Hayward (now CSU Bay Area I guess). I put my career aspirations on hold to support my DH while he earned his PhD in Computational Physics. I gave up a fabulous Research Associate position at Livermore National Lab (in Reproductive Cytogenetics and Toxicology) to follow him to Los Alamos, NM where he was offerred a Staff Scientist position without having to complete a Post-Doc. Unfortunately the Bio research at Los Alamos is very limited compared to Livermore and I never found a PI who was doing anything that interested me. I stayed home wiith my son and then worked part-time at his elementary school until I decided I just couldn't take it any longer. This spring I applied for several positions in Houston at the Medical Center (primarily at MD Anderson and Baylor Med). All were research positions except for one lone Clinical Cytogenetics job. I spent a whirlwind couple of days in Houston interviewing and received offers for every position. In the end I let my love of Cytogenetics win out over more money and prestige (and publication potential) and accepted the Clinical Cytogenetics position in Baylor's Kleberg Cytogenetics Laboratory. The work environment is way different from my research job and morale sucks, but I do get to see interesting cases and I spend the afternoons doing a little research. My co-workers think I'm nuts for turning down offers from MD Anderson but I have always loved Cytogenetics. Ultimately I want to be a Clinical/Medical Geneticist and actually see patients as well as participate in limited research. I've ruled out MD/PhD because of my age and advice from the Geneticists with whom I work. They unanimously agree that if you actually want to see patients then an MD is a necessity but the PhD would be a waste. A program like Baylor's Research Track with just one extra year devoted to research appeals to me. I need to find out what other schools offer such an option. Where I apply is going to depend largely on where my DH could find a suitable position. Obviously the DC area would work and we could always move back to Livermore (SF Bay Area). I really want to stay here in Houston though - I grew up in the area and still have some family here. For now DH and DS are staying in Los Alamos while I work and study for next year's MCAT. No need to uproot them twice (or at all if I do not get into med school). Plus DH's job is incredibly flexible with insane benfits and even a pension. If you've made it this far, thanks. I look forward to picking y'all's brains and reading about the experiences of my fellow non-trad's.