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what is a good age to start med school?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by moto_za, May 2, 2007.

  1. moto_za

    moto_za Member

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    Just curious, generally is it better to be younger or older? Take some time off or not?
     
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  3. 146233

    146233 Phthirius pubis

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    Generally, it is better to start medical school when you are certain that you are passionate about medicine. The average age of med school matriculants has been slowly increasing over the years, and AdComs are increasingly aware of the value of taking a year or two off to explore personal interests, conduct research, deal with family concerns, etc.

    That is not to say, however, that plenty of 21 year old seniors don't go to medical school and turn out just fine. Northwestern's SOM just matriculated someone in their 60's last year.

    When you are emotionally and financially ready for the tolls of applying and attending medical school, that's when you should go.


    Best of luck,
    -z
     
  4. Tired

    Tired Fading away

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    If you're not studying for the MCAT by the time you start high school, forget about it, you'll never get in.
     
  5. gary5

    gary5 Senior Member

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    Go straight through and get it over with. The sooner the better.
     
  6. RSAgator

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    people take years off for plenty of reasons. It won't put you at a disadvantage to apply later, as long as you're doing something meaningful. Many people are in a rush to graduate undergrad, and then once they graduate they're in a rush to go to med school. I think like 50% of med school applicants (maybe matriculants) aren't fresh out of college at the time of application, so it's not an uncommon thing at all. A good age in my opinion is when you're ready for it and not a day sooner. Personally I'm probably going to spend a couple years working before med school to make some greenbacks, travel a bit and visit my home country for the next world cup, and then see if the desire's still there. I'll most likely continue to volunteer in some capacity as well. I firmly believe that most people aren't as certain about med school as they make you think, and while some people take the plunge and love it, you don't want to be one of those people who regret it.
     
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    sirus_virus nonsense poster

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    50 years old
     
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    I'll be 36 when I start medical school this fall, so that's a good age. :rolleyes: :D
     
  10. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!!

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    lol. you wrote it backwards (dyslexic?). he means 48. 48 is the best age.
     
  11. geogil

    geogil Still training.

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    the age when you get accepted is always a good age.
     
  12. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days...

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    The have the average stats online.

    I think for Asian American males it's like 23-24.
     
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    baylormed On the Search

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    12 years old, of course.
     
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    I'm starting at 19 -- it's good when your MCAT score is more than twice your age!
     
  15. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!!

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    believe me, i know. i'm 22.
     
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    baylormed On the Search

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    LOL
     
  18. emaj1n

    emaj1n M1

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    No No, geogil. You're supposed to delay applying until the lunar alignment matches your horoscope. Attend when accepted. What rubbish!
     
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    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
     
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    She doctor Detroit. She.
     
  21. lynn623la

    lynn623la Senior Member

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    wow. impressive. did any medical schools think that you haven't had any real life experience yet?

    Just curious. Congrats
     
  22. cal_girl

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    You rock! :thumbup:
     
  23. Law2Doc

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    The best time would be at 105, because that would mean you made it to that age with all your faculties intact.

    Because maturity is prized in the application process, folks a few years over the traditional age tend to do better in the process than those a few years younger. You will be dealing with death and disease, which are topics you tend to develop better ability to deal with with time. Additionally, the population base in the US is becoming progressively more geriatric and so looking a few years older has its advantages.
     
  24. MossPoh

    MossPoh Textures intrigue me

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    Personally, I feel that the ideal age is at least a year or two out of undergrad. While it is tempting to say "when you're ready"...most people seem to have an elevated sense of being right out of college than if they went through a bit of the real world. I feel that life experience is needed....so many kids go from being students their entire life to all of a sudden a doctor and making money. Results? Stupid spending, and no concept of how the real world seems to work. This seems to churn out lots of socially/financially ******ed people. A year or two of NOT being a student should give a break...gives perspective. There is a point where if you go directly into medicine it can kind of leave a feeling of being pigeon holed and stranded. What happens if you don't like it like you thought? Well, tough crap...you COULD do other stuff.....but good luck paying off debt.
     
  25. lilnoelle

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    I started at 25. I took a few years between college and med school to pop out a few kids. I wish I would've done it straight after college, then I wouldn't have to be dealing with two kids during med school and I'd be done already.

    If you decide to wait, make sure you have things to do to make that time worthwhile. I'm sure most of you do (either because you have family money or you are just that cool to come up with fun things to do).
    I worked in fast food management. woop di doo
     
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    baylormed On the Search

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    Let me guess...you took a year or two after undergrad. :rolleyes:
     
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    You won't ever cut it. So, I say never.
     
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    Hehe, I said it first.
     
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    45408 aw buddy

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    I guess I should have waited until I was 23. Oh, well.
     
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    Yeah...I've been through some crazy stuff....
     
  32. Mr. Belding

    Mr. Belding The Dude abides

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    weak.
     
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    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central

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    If I get in for 08, I will be 23 and will have taken 2 years off in between. My feelings about the years off:

    Year 1: VERY good idea. I came out of my senior year of college completely drained and sick of studying. I remember thinking that I simply couldn't fathom attending school full-time the following fall, whether med, grad, or more undergrad. Also, this year has been a really blue-collar whirlwind (I even worked at a cat litter manufacturing plant...and I'm female), which has certainly inspired me to do everything possible to go white collar.:laugh:

    Year 2: While it was a good idea to skip the application process last year as I had not had the time to adequately prepare and be competitive, I really wish I could've applied last year. While year 1 was like a 3-day stay as a houseguest at your best friend's house, year 2 is more like a 3-month stay where you just can't wait to get out and feel self-conscious all the time. Due to some logistics issues (still got pre-reqs to finish, and then I'll presumably be flying to interviews on a regular basis), I can't take on a full-time job with a high level of responsibility, so I have to keep doing blue-collar and/or part-time instead. The work is really a nuisance and it not getting me anywhere whether money- or application-wise. So to keep myself busy and make myself more competitive in case I don't get in this year, I'm doing a 5th year of undergrad this coming fall/spring, but it's not even a second degree, just a year of random classes. Luckily, Canadian schools are cheap, so it's not a very costly endeavour...I think it's $5k for a year of full-time studies.
     
  34. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master

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    Your so right! I started my USLME freshmen year of college.

    BAH! Us asians start WAY younger. We have the genius gene, duh!
     
  35. spicedmanna

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    What a subjective question, OP. The best time to attend medical school is when you are ready and willing to do so, body, mind, and soul. ;)
     
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    OH snap... 44? :D :eek: :p :rolleyes:
     

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