Hi all. I am 25 and thinking of becoming a "nontraditional" pre-med student. Right now, I am on the path to enter graduate school for clinical psychology. (My BA was in biology & my MA was in psychology). In fact, I applied to PhD programs this year, but was not successful, so I am planning on bolstering my record (gaining experience at a crisis hotline, as well as taking the GRE psych) and trying again next year. I feel like if I do things right and choose schools wisely, I have a good shot at entering grad school next fall. BUT. For reasons a bit complicated to go into (and not necessarily relevant), I've been leaning toward going for medical school (ultimately) in order to become a neurologist, instead of a clinical psychologist. Through some self-evaluation, I think I'm probably two years away from being able to apply. First, I've taken all the pre-reqs (basically) as an undergrad at a top 10 university. The problem is, I didn't do incredibly well. Believe it or not, I wasn't actually a pre-med back then... just a bio major wandering around sort of cluelessly. Overall, I didn't do totally terrible (~3.2, and 3.25 at my school gets you on the Dean's List!) ... but in some of the classes that matter, like biochemistry, I really didn't do too well. I estimate my science GPA is probably lower than that. My graduate GPA is a LOT better, as I did well in grad-lvl psych courses, and I also did very well in stats. But again, those courses don't count toward that almighty UGPA. I will probably need to take some post-bacc undergrad science courses both to bolster my UGPA and also to finagle good letters of recommendation from a science prof. The MCAT I feel okay about, as I know it's just a matter of studying, and I DID actually take all the pre-reqs as an undergrad, so it wouldn't be exactly foreign material. So, all that said... right now I'm working at "menial" type jobs in order to make a living and make ends meet. At the same time, I'm studying for the GRE psych as well as volunteering. Of course, this is Not an easy lifestyle. If I manage to get myself into graduate school next fall, I will be in a much better "place" (physically and mentally), which would allow me a certain degree of security in which I can prepare to enter medical school. But part of me is wondering-- is this even "ethical", per say ? If my ultimate/true goal is to enter medical school, what am I doing preparing for and applying for graduate school in something else unrelated ? And also, how will medical schools look upon an applicant coming from this background who is already in graduate school for something else ? I just think that with my record, I am *this* close to entering grad school for psych (and PhD programs generally fund their students)... it sure beats working menial jobs and trying to study at the same time. And considering it'll take me "some time" to re-take some science courses, study for the MCAT, etc., I just think things would be easier if I were back on campus as a student. Any thoughts??