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Old 12-22-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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I'm 27 and looking to start a career as a physician. Any advice?

A little background... I went to school for a while but never got a bachelors, due to me being a crappy and immature student. Grew up a little bit, worked in restaurants and other businesses, gained a decent amount of real-world experience and I now think I'm meant for something a little better. I'm little intimidated by the prospect of another decade-plus of classes, especially math and science stuff (never my strong suit) but will try them again at my local community college.

So any ideas on what else I should be doing to get on the right track toward becoming an MD?

 
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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Re: I'm 27 and looking to start a career as a physician. Any advice?

Just noticed your post. A young woman I know just got into the science stream at a university hoping to enter medical school. It was touch and go as her math was her lowest mark in the entrance exam, it was a crummy 93 per cent. Luckily her other subjects brought her marks up! Physiotherapy expects you to have a masters for entrance now. Not easy to enter the medical world theses days.
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Re: I'm 27 and looking to start a career as a physician. Any advice?

You can do it, but it takes a LOT of drive and ambition and getting your ducks in a row and going for it and not looking back. You will have a decade depending on what kind of MD you want to be of classes and residency and fellowship if you choose to go that far (most of the time now, you need a fellowship). My husband went back at 28 and started over. He was an engineer prior. He entered med school at 28. He finished is training (internship, residency, and 2 fellowships) at 39 and has been practicing for 5 years. He LOVES it and it was definitely was he was made to do. Think about family life too with your specialty choice. If you want to be at home at 5-6pm every day to see your wife and kids (now if you are and have them or later if you want both), rethink the career choice unless you are going to be a family doctor. I would also caution about what all the healthcare stuff is about to do. If it keeps it up in the direction we're going, it will suck to be a doctor soon and you will see a lot of doctors retire or go into other things. Doctors don't go through the training they do, give up their lives, never see their families to be "rewarded" with what it trying to be railroaded in right now. Slap in the face.

Not trying to persuade you one way or the other, just letting you know from someone who has been there. I'm an RN and have shied away from being a nurse practitioner b/c of this and to be sure I'm not on call and can see my husband. I know of several doctors that started later in life. My orthopedic surgeon started a lot later. It was his third career. He started when my husband did and finished when he was 43 or so.

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