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Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by AdroitDarkHorse, Dec 20, 2006.
Hero status... You give us motivation and hope!!!
I’ll be 31 when I matriculate and older (not ever old) applicants inspire me, because they chased their dreams and succeeded regardless of what might have been stacked against them.
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lol definitely not a hero. but glad you are motivated and hopeful.
Do this or do something you love that's challenging enough to scare you to death! Best of luck to all! [Message me if I can be of help to any of my "ultra" nontrads].
I believe it's the same person, now an MS3
Will be 44 when I️ apply this spring!
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You guys give me so much hope. I frequently go back and forth with the decision to extend my enlistment a little longer for life stability reasons, but my fear is always adding +2-3 years to my application timeline. This thread makes me *not* feel like that's the end of the world.
I thought about that after I saw the ages and it makes sense ha.
Wow! I feel so encouraged! 40yo applicant this year
So I'm 36 but I think I have a look that makes people just not have any idea how old/young I am one way or the other, which made things funny during an interview this week. I was explaining that I got married and then pregnant during my last year of undergrad, and the interviewer (closed file, knew nothing about me) said "oh, was that this year or 2016?" Me: "um, what?" Him: "Did you graduate this year or in 2016?" Me: "Oh, um, no, I graduated in 2001." Him: " ...... oh!... uhhh..okay, what have you been doing since then?" I'll probably look 85 by the end of med school, so it'll all even out eventually.
I’m 27, will be 28 with a 4 year old daughter when I matriculate this summer!
I’m embarrassed to say I cannot remember my age. But I think I’m 36. I could be 37. Sheesh. I was born in 81 - that’s 36, right? I will be matriculating at 37 (assuming school starts in august). I like to think I look mid-20s, but the eye wrinkles are catching up to me!
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That full report though.
Someone asked for updates... so sure... I'll update.
Turned 40 two months after I started internship, but gladly didn't have to work ON my birthday (Which was a Saturday), but I was on one of the rotations that only gave one day off a week, so I had to work Sunday.
I am now 44, finished my chief year, now board certified in IM, and stepping into my job as a hospitalist at a local community hospital. (i.e. I 'made' it. The 'end' of the road.)
So there is hope out there everyone!
@Art2doc ... perhaps a good place to seek likeminded nontrad applicants and hear about their journeys...
The bolded really resonated with me. I'm going to live by this and achieve my goals.
This is amazing and inspiring! I’m sure so many may have asked, how are things on your journey now?
I am a 35 year-old, single mom, divorced (as of April this year) working full-time. I’ve been on this very slow journey since 2010 and hope to take the MCAT in June or July 2018.
Scrolling through this thread for some motivation because it gets tough.
9/1: 512 on AAMC FL 2 (stoked!)
9/2: after 2 hours, MCAT rescheduled as the site was closed due to technical failure
9/9: date of reschedule but that Irmageddon thing
Much ado about Irma: my son and I took in a family of 7, their 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 bearded dragons and a hamster in a tree. Well, skip the tree, just the hamster.
All told, for the 4 days they were here we had 9 people, 9 dogs, 4 cats and the rest. It was "life" I'm not used to living with and didn't study for the new date of 9/19.
9/16: told my contract was ending effective the day before; out $36,000 in a phone call
9/19: date of exam; take Adderall and without food/water/drinks it's not pretty; woke up late, drove like a banshee to get there (1.5 hours away); didn't have a store to stop at (was late) and got the score I expected. FAR below my expectations given FL 2 on 9/1...
Vowed I'd not think about "next" until 2018. As I just told someone else, I have 90 minutes left of "not thinking about it" and am going to enjoy them
Part of the question/concern is this:
Life will ALWAYS throw some sort of at you and I have to decide was my score truly indicative of my current ability? Do I have it in me to try again? As in, is my confidence high enough that I can do well or was the myriad of @#$ that happened just another excuse?
I believe had I taken it on 9/2, my original date, I'd have done well. So my journey? Dead stopped. Forever? Possibly.
90 minutes of not thinking about this Will enjoy the remaining now 26 of them!
For whatever reason I did not realize so many people were nontraditional but it is very encouraging.
I retired from active duty and took a few years to figure life after the military out. Just recently I have started my prereqs and should be ready for the MCAT in a little over 2 years when I'm in my early 30s. Having a toddler makes that 2 years feel like it'll be here tomorrow.
Let nothing stand in your way people.
I took four years off between college and medical school, and it seemed like an eternity. I used to joke that the only thing that would come between me and becoming a physician was cancer. I was accepted to begin medical school in 2014, and then two weeks before classes started - I was diagnosed with leukemia.
I went ahead and matriculated anyway. I'll be graduating with my MD and my MBA next year (2019).
Believe in yourself, and NEVER pay heed to the naysayers, even when the odds are stacked against you.
Happy New Year Everyone
What about when the odds, life, length of life traveled say, "Stop the madness."
Only you can make that call. Whichever path you choose, it will be the right one.
I don't know you...however something in my gut says that you're not done yet. Cheers to a new year and the next steps.
Whatever you decide, @Ad2b --wishing you all the best! Happy New Year!
Medically retired? If so, you should look into Ch 31 benefits.
I have actually been getting information from others who have used it/are using it for medical school and law school. For some it was easy for others it seemed to be a battle to be approved.
Either way finishing with no debt and getting housing pay while in school seems to be a major relief.
Officially became non-traditional pre-med status when I quit my finance job and started taking pre-req's last fall. Turning 29 this year and hopefully will be an MD candidate at 31 years young! So encouraging to see everyone here working towards their dreams . This place is my first stop whenever I feel like I'm "alone"
I'm currently 35 and going to try to get my poop in a group to apply this next cycle. Graduated with my BS in 2004. My 2003 MCAT has long since expired. I've been a stay-at-home mom since 2006. The hardest part is navigating the use of my old but relevant ECs from college (Goro is skeptical) in addition to my recent ones, and getting LORs when the last upper-level science class I've taken was in 2004.
You don't forget those significant experiences. I have 12 year-old hospital training and experiences in allied health which played a significant role in my decision to pursue medicine. They are some of the best stories I have to tell due to the level of responsibility I had at the time and the numerous patients I interacted with. Use them, write about them, but obtain new stories and experiences as well (looks like you already know this). Best of luck!
This thread is so inspiring. I'm a 26-yr-old RN taking prereqs and shooting to apply in summer 2019.
Will be 32 when I start MD school this fall!
How many students are over 30?
Each year the incoming class has about 58 students in their 30's. The average age of the class is 24, and approximately half the class does not come to medical school directly after graduation. The oldest student we have accepted was 63 and we have had a handful of students in their 40's.
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Congratulations to the individual who made that leap at 63... but what is the benefit of admitting a student of that age? They will be 70 when they finish residency!
I'm 24 and I have gray hairs already
They can add an air of maturity
I believe this acceptee was a retired judge who had an academic interest in the intersection of law and medicine who was not planning to practice
People keep asking me if I’m going to try to integrate my legal background with my medical career. My response is always “does trying to negotiate a lower malpractice insurance rate count?”
Hi everyone! I haven't posted here in a long time, but just wanted to give a shout out to all the nontrads! I'm a 31-years-young MS1, and so many of the physicians I work with sound so impressed at the experiences older students and career changers bring to the table! That said, I am also learning a lot from my younger (and older!) classmates. So, if you're on this journey, sending some encouragement!
Someone DM'd me so, I thought I'd peruse.
It's 2018... guess I ... /wave
29, but will be turning 30 iS if I choose to matriculate this yr. After 4 yrs. of applying, I finally got accepted last week, thanks to God.
Since I have a decent job and married now (wasn't married when I decided on this path several years ago, and took post-bacc classes), I'm struggling with the deciding next steps. Anyone work part-time during school?
37 years old, married with 3 doggies. Former professional soccer player, and former police officer, and excited at the perspective of becoming a doctor( planning to apply in 2020). I am just so glad to read so many future aplicants( or even actual students/doctors) have started “late”: I have always thought that age is just a number, that’s why I rarely reveal mine.
Good luck to all!
32 years old and married with two young boys aged 2 and 5. I'm applying for this summer and hopefully will start med school in the fall of 2019; I'll be 33 when I start.
Depends on their biological/physiological age more than chronological age. If he/she can put out a good 10+ of full time work as a doctor, especially where there is are limited numbers of docs, more power to him or her. The real issue is overall wellness and health, and that gets tricky. Age does do what it does, but to seriously decreased extents at at time for some people with really good genes and whom take really good care and have no major diseases or comorbid issues.
Listen, if someone can become president after 60... well, I'm just saying. Let's not just look at numbers. Let's look at the whole person. All this holistic talk and so much of medicine has still fallen short of appreciating and grafting it in to their perspectives and approaches. Everyone is aging continuously since the day they are born. It's about what a person can do and keep doing.
Realistically though, older nontrads have to be aware of what kind of practice we can have and for how long. I’d love to peruse some form of surgery but leaving residency at 50...I couldn’t see myself practicing more than 10-15 years. Where as in a more clinical setting I might be able to practice for 25 years or more.
I know a surgeon in his 70s who is still doing a bunch of surgeries a week. But I feel the same way you do - I’m looking for some kind of field with some surgery/ procedures (ophtho, etc.) that would also give me the option to transition to clinical work if I get to the point where surgery is no longer an option. I think this is something those of us who are older consider more carefully than traditional students.
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I agree with this - there's the residency length itself to consider as well. I might fall in love with a field with an 8-year-residency track, but, as a practical matter, I have zero desire to do that to myself. Not only do I want to actually start making real money again at some point in my life, but even if I have a good 40 productive years remaining (I'm 34), I don't want to spend any more of them than I have to "in training." Learning is great, but I'm kind of looking forward to the point where I can be trusted to safely take care of my patients without supervision.
I am above 30 but under 40.
any tips in my first thread here would be appreciated!
MD - Non-trad, 3.52 cgpa, 3.70 sgpa, 514 mcat, school list included
Hey so was I. 35 now in third year. Get it.