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I would say pick the one that gives you enough time to prep for the MCAT as well. That would be my best adviceHello, I am a military officer approaching the end of my service academy commitment and am considering my transition options to put me on a medical degree path. My SO is a current M3 and is a major factor in the next chapter of my life so am obviously limited geographically when it comes to different options.
What is the general consensus on best options for non-trad post bacc programs? I am an engineering major (~3.7 gpa) from one of the federal service academies and thus have already taken chem 1/physics/math. I have zero clinical experience but am hoping to begin shadowing and volunteer opportunities as COVID restrictions ease. I see essentially two paths considering SO location with one being a strong career-changer post-bacc pre med program and the other a separate major university where I could complete a DIY option taking the remaining pre-med requirements. Aside from the advising/small group class size/shadowing and volunteer options, how are the two options viewed when it comes to med school applications? Does being 5+ years removed from formal education warrant the full program to bring me back up to speed or can I supplement DIY classes with a heavy dose of online review/MCAT studying myself?
I know this question is asked frequently but have yet to find many discussions regarding military junior officer to med school route. Thank you in advance!