Hi out there!! I am a 35 year old female who has been contemplating going to medical school.. (reader's digest condensed version of life)> Kids are grown...(yes i got married young), stable supportive family life, do not have to work, can devote entire spare time to study, have past job experience in the medical field ( worked as an assistant to a surgeon and even became his surgical asst. under his supervision), Loved it!! Have been working on my bach. degree originally was to be teaching but kept being drawn to medicine. Last week after taking a particularly hard trigonometry class and passed with a B..a fellow student told me I ought to think about med school. I have a 3.50 at the present as a sophmore. i have been thinking ever since. and becoming more interested and even excited every day. I guess I really would just like some input on what the biggest challenges are? Is it hard to get financing for the entire time? Do I understand correctly that after the Bach. degree it is 4 years Med school and then 2 years intern? My interest is family practice or even specialty in Gerontolagy. i am very interested in working in a rural setting...I live in what is called the edge of Appalchia and have a desire to help the underpriveleged in this area. I am not interested in the money aspect( as ridiculous as that may sound), that is not my primary motivation. Reading this board and this website is my first exposure to understanding the process. I have absolutely no idea what is in store other than the obvious dedication and hard studying. I would like some advice from a veteran. I have no problem with studying and I have a (gift?) for retaining info.. I have not forgotten any of the medical information I learned as an assistant. No one in my family or even this area has aspired to do this with their life. All of our doctors come from other areas. I want to be that person for them. What is your opinions? Thanks for any help or direction.