I am having a bit of a dilemma: I am a 40yo non-trad. I decided to pursue medicine a year ago always assuming I would prefer the US MD schools. I got all pre-reqs ( from 20 years ago, BS degree in BIo with 3.5+ GPA) and 2 MS degrees in science/engineering and plenty of lab research experience, currently working in biotech industry as engineer. So only things I have to do is to prepare/take MCAT and do the clinical shadowing experience.
My plan is to do all of that this year and apply to US MD school in the 2019 cycle to (hopefully) start med school in 2020.
Recently, I attended a Caribbean med school open house. I’ve been doing some research and yes, I think that my chances of getting accepted in one of the top 4 Caribbean med schools and start there in Jan or may 2019 are high as long as I take the MCAT which I can do later this year or beginning of next.
I am well aware of the disadvantages and negatives associated with Caribbean schools (high attrition rates etc). But from the stories I’ve heard, it is really up to the individual to do well or not. I am not getting any younger either and my personal life at this point is pretty much resolved (divorced, son off to college this year, no plans for further marriage or kids). Basically med school would be my one and only priority and I know that I can dedicate the time and effort to obtaining good grades and pass USMLE.
what would you do? wait to apply to US MD schools where chances of getting in are unknown and risk not getting accepted and loosing time or apply to Caribbean school and start ASAP? I am not loving my current job and why stay miserable for the next two years while waiting on an US MD school? Also, I am targeting Pathology for residency and forensic pathology as my ultimate career goal.
any thoughts appreciate