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- Dec 5, 2010
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I've been lurking for a while and I thought that I would do my own thread for some guidance.
I am a 28 thumbdown) year old mother, currently finishing the last 5 classes in my undergrad BA at a foreign university (in the top 20 in the world). I am an American.
My grades are pretty good, roughly a 3.8 equivalent, although I don't have any science courses. My baby is still very young and nursing, and I am her primary care taker, so I am doing 4 classes this semester, and one class next semester (I am still overseas currently). I can't take any pre-reqs presently because none are offered near me. I am currently self learning Chem and physics so that when I start a lab course it will be familiar.
We are planning a move back to massachusetts where my family lives and I am a resident so I can have lots of support...and free babysitting of course!
What Im thinking:
Apply for Mount Holyoke Post-Bacc program for 2012 (hopefully get in ) (I guess I could also apply for the Harvard one, but that's probably a little harder)
Take Calculus, chem and bio over the summer at a CC.
Take upper level courses at Mount holyoke
Somehow fit in shadowing and volunteer experience (worried about this)
Take MCAT in 2013
I have ZERO volunteer/ clinical experience. Would it look terrible if I crammed it in over a year and a half?
Currently I am planning on applying to Umass med and Harvard (I know, I know, but I need to be local to my family in order for this to work). They both only ask for low pre reqs on their website. Am I correct in thinking that it would look better if I took upper levels?
If I don't get into the Mount Holyoke program, should I just take the pre-reqs at Umass Amherst? Can I just take the classes without being in a program or is this looked down upon. I think I can actually matriculate at a CC and take classes at a local 4 year...in that case, should I go for my science associates?
There is a PA program at Springfield College, that I'm thinking I will apply to as well. Will they know if I apply as a back up?
I have a definite disadvantage when I take the MCAT because I will not have completed a lot of science courses, will a structured study course like Kaplan fill in those gaps?
I have done a lot of self reflection and I know this is what I want. My husband, my family and I have talked about it and they are all on board. I know I can do this, but I know I have to show that to a medical school.
I have lived in several countries, I speak Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, I am an underrepresented minority...I'm hoping those things will work in my favor as well.
Thanks for reading
I'd take ALL the science courses that is recommended / required, for a BS Biology. I would personally stay away from a CC because I have heard and read that it is not as advanced as from a university , I could be wrong on that, but that is my gathering. Far as age, hell , I am 36 and my 1st yr in pre requisites. Volunteer or shadowing is a must! I am going for PA or DO myself, I don't have the $ or time for medschool, I have already decided and is a good back-up plan and that is , if for some reason I don't get accepted or do well on the MCAT, I can go the nursing route, get a BSN work for a year, w/ a BSN you can be a CRNA, work for a yr which is required to get your MSN, to become a NP, that way no MCAT, and maybe easier?
I have an opportunity to volunteer at a hospital (bringing water, fluffing pillows), which is fine, and I'll probably do this. But I'd rather get to witness more of the clinical work, etc.