Hi! After graduating from undergrad I when directly to law school. I maybe should have spent more time reflecting on what I want and if law school was a good fit, but hey, I accept it as a challenging part of my journey that focused me back to wanting to become a physician. 5 days after graduating from law school I started a pre-med postbac and did pretty well. Then I moved to be closer to my now husband, took the MCAT 2 twice (2010 and 2011) with very low scores, but knowing I did not put in adequate prep. With a new marriage and trying to stay gainfully employed in a city with not so many options for a law graduate who did not want to practice law and with trying to find employment in healthcare/hospitals, I decided to not return to the MCAT until I felt I had the capacity to give it my very best effort…and now it’s like 10 years later, but the desire to become a physician is still there, almost every other thought. Would love advice:
- My undergraduate degree was in Finance (3.7 cumm) - finished 2006
- I went directly to law school and struggled, but finished (2.51 cumm) - finished 2009
- Pre-med post back (3.5 cumm) - finished 2010, took some additional higher-level bio/biochem courses in 2011/2012
- Low MCAT scores from 2010 and 2011 sittings
- Interested in working in the intersection of math and medicine (and taking classes that may serve me better if medical school does not work out) so currently on the plan taking Cal 1 to 3, Linear Algebra, Diff. Equations (@ a local community college) - will be done Spring 2021, also mixing in MCAT study and CNA certification/work
- As my next ‘postbac’ to have more recent academic work thinking about doing a Math postbac geared to prepping for graduate math education or a year MS in Comp Sci --> planning to apply for med schools during these programs and work a few hours as a CNA, ideally to start med school directly after the final semester of these programs, potentially take a few science or biomath courses during this
My main questions are:
- Will having a low GPA in a different professional program (law school) be something hard to overcome. Will it look like I was able to properly handle professional-level programs well?
- Is it totally out of the ballpark to think it will be helpful to have my more recent academic postbac work be more math-based?
- Would love to hear anyone’s experiences as a CNA and if it was helpful for you to make sure medical school is the right path.
A lot here kind of, but thanks in advance if you have any thoughts or advice!