Hi all! First post. I figured I would lead in with the question I was searching google for when I found this site.
I am a 23 year old chemical engineer at a very good public school in texas. I recently took a physiology class, did biomedical engineering research involving animal surgery and volunteered at a hospital, and loved every one of those things infinitely more than the boring distillation columns and whatnot that make a CHE career.
I always wanted to be a doctor… so it is time to quit fighting and go to med school!
The problem is… I will probably need post bacc work to get in. my gpa is about 3.4, which i hear is barely competitive. I also have a tragic lack of experience in hospitals and other bio/medical things.
So… here are the choices for a post bacc.
- 2 years Masters in biomedical engineering (BME) at a campus with a medical school.
- dedicated 2 year premedical post bacc program with no engineering basis, awarding a masters in medical science.
What do you guys think the plusses and minuses are of each?
The BME path looks good because it is cheaper and I will end up taking graduate bio classes at a med school. Plus I love BME, and would get to do more animal surgery and work with more stem cells! This program would be at UT-Houston or UT-Southwestern, which both have top tier medical schools
The post bacc program offers a more focused curriculum, and may make me look more committed when I apply in two years. Also, the curriculum mirrors the medical school classwork and will give me an edge when I do make it into an allopathic school. I can definetly see the appeal of one of these programs. This program would be at UNT in Denton, TX, which is a DO school and is much less prestigious that UT-Southwestern.
Last question… I will be 25 at application time according to my plan. Is this a doomed career change? 25 seems so much older than all the 21 year old applicants at my university!