klownzo

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Hi SDN,

My wife has been out of undergrad for 5 years and wants to do a career change from a speech language pathologist to a future MD/DO. She is 28 with a B.S. (3.75 oGPA 3.9 sGPA) and an M.S. in speech language pathology (3.96 GPA). She's first generation college, URM (hispanic), bilingual, grew up disadvantaged, tons of EC's including hundreds of hours of research, independent studies, around 1000 hours of volunteering, thousands of hours of patient care, and has won several scholarships throughout her educational career. Aside from taking the MCAT, is there anything that she should do to increase her chances? She doesn't have many shadowing hours (maybe 30 hours total) but she has several years of experience in her current profession. We're just trying to figure out if there's anything she needs to be doing before the next cycle aside from studying for the MCAT. Anything she should be concerned about? I appreciate any insight/advice the non-trads in here can provide. Thanks!
 

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Just make sure all the pre-requisite coursework is completed. Most speech programs don't require organic chemistry one and two, physics 2, bio chemistry.
The stats are good for med school.
Keep doing volunteer work until you are accepted.
Study or take a course for the mcat and do well on it.
Have a story for why you are changing to medicine. Show that you want to be a doctor in your extra curricular activities.

(And by you, I mean her)

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If she is not currently volunteering, picking up something new would be good even though she has a lot of hours. Other than that, making sure she has the pre-reqs and making sure she has a great MCAT will do it. She's in a great position to get into a few good schools.
 
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klownzo

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Thanks for getting back to me! She is missing a couple of the pre-reqs but was told from her number 1 choice (University of MN) to not worry about them as long as she can do decent on the MCAT. Her current plan is to take the MCAT next spring and apply to a few schools with competency based requirements. If she doesn't have any luck then she'll take the prereqs she's missing before the following cycle. She's aware that that isn't the most efficient route but in our current situation we can't afford to have her stop working during this current academic year. Maybe in the spring she can do a night class or two... we'll see I guess.

I'll let her know to keep with the volunteering and start crafting her story of why she wants to go into medicine. Thanks again for the advice, I appreciate it!
 

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Just make sure all the pre-requisite coursework is completed. Most speech programs don't require organic chemistry one and two, physics 2, bio chemistry.
The stats are good for med school.
Keep doing volunteer work until you are accepted.
Study or take a course for the mcat and do well on it.
Have a story for why you are changing to medicine. Show that you want to be a doctor in your extra curricular activities.

(And by you, I mean her)

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1000% this.
 

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I'll simplify it for you. Med school is all a numbers game. If you take a look at the incoming stats of any specific school and that's what you have to offer, then apply. If the numbers are off, admissions will be near impossible. Despite what some of these folks will tell you, these schools will not be like "wow you're older, we want you."

numbers, numbers, numbers
 

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Thanks for getting back to me! She is missing a couple of the pre-reqs but was told from her number 1 choice (University of MN) to not worry about them as long as she can do decent on the MCAT. Her current plan is to take the MCAT next spring and apply to a few schools with competency based requirements. If she doesn't have any luck then she'll take the prereqs she's missing before the following cycle. She's aware that that isn't the most efficient route but in our current situation we can't afford to have her stop working during this current academic year. Maybe in the spring she can do a night class or two... we'll see I guess.

I'll let her know to keep with the volunteering and start crafting her story of why she wants to go into medicine. Thanks again for the advice, I appreciate it!
These schools are among the most competitive and several of them limit the number of re-applications.
 
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