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Non traditional journey to medical school

mw21

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I am new to sdn, so I hope I’m writing in the right forum. I graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting this spring. Coming out of high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I chose accounting because of job security. At 19, I had a son, so my schooling was delayed a little, but I still graduated. :) For the past couple of years, I’ve been working as an accounting intern for an oil company one year and a casino the next year. I was not enjoying my job. I got tired of looking at numbers and sitting at a desk all day. I’m such an active person and the job didn’t really fit me.

Long story short, I decided to pursue medicine. I love helping people and I have a deep compassion for the people in my home community. I am Native American and grew up most of my life on a reservation until I moved my last two years of high school. Reservations throughout the country are in dire need of quality health care and I want to be able to contribute by becoming a physician.

I have taken General Bio 1 and 2 and got As and I’m currently taking Gen Chem 1 and Intro to physics this summer, and second half of summer I will be taking Gen Chem 2 and Intermediate Physics. I’ve been getting up early in the mornings and staying up late at night to get my assignments and studying done . I am dedicated to become a physician.

I expect to finish my prerequisites for medical school by next spring and take the MCAT by spring 21 as well. I am not in a post-bacc program, I am a non degree student taking classes at a university. Hopefully I will be able to get accepted into medical school and started by fall 2022. I’ve done a good amount of volunteering before the pandemic, but I am getting my CNA to get some clinical experience.

What would you recommend on how to manage a marriage, a school aged child, and going to medical school? I have the option to leave my child with my parents the first two years of medical school. Since I live in a small state, the only medical school campus is 4 hours away. I should be able to move back to the town I live and finish the last two years. There is a medical campus in my town which is where students can perform their clinical rotations.

I would much rather take my son with me when I go to school for the first two years. I have great support from my parents and husband who are willing to help my son and I. I am not sure what I’m getting myself and my family into, so if there are any parents that can give insight on how I can manage responsibilities while in medical school that will be great.

Any general recommendations of what I can be doing before the application process would be greatly appreciated.
 

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mw21 said:
I am new to sdn, so I hope I’m writing in the right forum. I graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting this spring. Coming out of high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I chose accounting because of job security. At 19, I had a son, so my schooling was delayed a little, but I still graduated. :) For the past couple of years, I’ve been working as an accounting intern for an oil company one year and a casino the next year. I was not enjoying my job. I got tired of looking at numbers and sitting at a desk all day. I’m such an active person and the job didn’t really fit me.

Long story short, I decided to pursue medicine. I love helping people and I have a deep compassion for the people in my home community. I am Native American and grew up most of my life on a reservation until I moved my last two years of high school. Reservations throughout the country are in dire need of quality health care and I want to be able to contribute by becoming a physician.

I have taken General Bio 1 and 2 and got As and I’m currently taking Gen Chem 1 and Intro to physics this summer, and second half of summer I will be taking Gen Chem 2 and Intermediate Physics. I’ve been getting up early in the mornings and staying up late at night to get my assignments and studying done . I am dedicated to become a physician.

I expect to finish my prerequisites for medical school by next spring and take the MCAT by spring 21 as well. I am not in a post-bacc program, I am a non degree student taking classes at a university. Hopefully I will be able to get accepted into medical school and started by fall 2022. I’ve done a good amount of volunteering before the pandemic, but I am getting my CNA to get some clinical experience.

What would you recommend on how to manage a marriage, a school aged child, and going to medical school? I have the option to leave my child with my parents the first two years of medical school. Since I live in a small state, the only medical school campus is 4 hours away. I should be able to move back to the town I live and finish the last two years. There is a medical campus in my town which is where students can perform their clinical rotations.

I would much rather take my son with me when I go to school for the first two years. I have great support from my parents and husband who are willing to help my son and I. I am not sure what I’m getting myself and my family into, so if there are any parents that can give insight on how I can manage responsibilities while in medical school that will be great.

Any general recommendations of what I can be doing before the application process would be greatly appreciated.
OP, you should discuss this w/your family. Time management is the key concept here. It IS possible to be a parent and finish medical school successfully. Good luck.
 
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You should make sure everyone is on board. Lots of people have families while in med school but it’s a whole family effort. You should also consider the fact that you might have to apply out of state - there’s no guarantee you’ll get into the school within your state. If that’s the case you’ll have to figure out if your whole family will move with you or not. After medical school there’s also no guarantee that you’ll match into the state you’re from. It sounds like you have a great story and reason why you want to pursue medicine. Best of luck!
 
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mw21

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OP, you should discuss this w/your family. Time management is the key concept here. It IS possible to be a parent and finish medical school successfully. Good luck.
Yes they’re all on board thankfully. I have a great support system. I don’t think they understand how competitive it is just to get accepted into a school. I figured in state isn’t guaranteed for me, so I will be applying to multiple schools. We are flexible, I have in laws that live in a different state and I will apply at the schools there. I know it won’t be easy, but I’m willing to make it work. Thank you for your advice!
 
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mw21

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Yes. I certainly agree. They’re on board. I think what they’re not so enthused about is me having to apply out of state because I am not guaranteed to be accepted in state. Thank you for your advice!
 
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