I'm a 37 y/o premed student and will be applying for schools this summer for 2008 matriculation.
I'm aware that most DO schools are open to non traditional student like myself. However, does anyone know which MD schools are particularly known to be open to applicants like us or not open to applicants like us?
You have gotten some good replies from folks above but I am going to issue a challenge to you to "change your thinking" about application to medical school. Specifically, what I propose to you (and others) is to consider the process of application to medical school FOR what it is, an application. This application is not unlike a job application.
When you apply for a job, my assumption is that you walk into the recruiter/office with your resume in hand and lay out your qualifications for said position. I am fairly certain that you don't look around to see if the job is "friendly" towards "applicants like us" as you put it above. Why should medical school be any different? The process is actually no different except for the financial part. Instead of getting paid, you are going to be the one doing the paying.
Choose the schools that make the most sense for you to apply to based on whatever criteria you feel is necessary. I promise you that "friendly" or "non-friendly" makes little difference in your choices. Things like curriculum, parking, affordability and location, should be the criteria by which you chose a medical school. This is not a "dangle a toe in the water process" where you meekly pray that a school will take you. You are not asking for a "hand-out" from these places, you are choosing a professional school that will enhance your career.
What do you bring to medicine? Why would you be a good student for said school? What's on your resume? How can THIS school enhance YOUR career? You are choosing to spend thousands of dollars in your tuition money along with your precious time and energy to consume a product here. You are going to accentuate them in the process here because they are in the business of turning out good physicians and you want to be a part of that process.
Back in 1997, when I applied to medical school (and believe me, I was much older than you), not once did the thought of "friendliness" or "unfriendliness" wind up on my list of things to consider. Location was of paramount interest for me. My next factor was curriculum (at that time, I preferred a classical curriculum). Other factors were location in an urban environment (I am not interested in being in the middle of nowhere for any reason) and ease of commute. (If you have to struggle in traffic 2 hours each day with classes starting at 8AM and ending at 5pm, you are NOT going to have much time to digest your lecture materials). I wanted urban for public transportation or small city, with no more than a 15-minute commute if I was going to be driving).
You are offering your money and you bring your talents (as outlined in your application) to the schools that you will apply to. Things like "friendliness" really don't matter too much in the equation because the major "friend" that you will become acquainted with is that huge volume of material that you are going to have to master. Your main focus should be "what does this school have in place that will promote my success in navigating the curriculum?"
What difference does it make if you become the oldest person that they graduate (as long as you do well and graduate)? In short, don't rule any school out or in because of age alone because that material in medical school doesn't care about your age, sex, race, ethnicity, marital status, children, income etc. It's the same material and you are going to have to master it to become a physician.
If I could do it at age 45 back in the dark ages of 1997, then anyone can do the same in 2007. Figure out what you want and then figure out what you need to do to get it.
Now, break over and back to studing for my surgical boards!