Hi everyone, so glad to have found this site and I have been listening to a lot of the podcasts lately, which has been quite informative, but none has really been able to set me on the course to a competitive chance.My situation is unique, in that I have a Bsc Biochem (cgpa-3.53; BCPM-3.62) from 2008 (see attachment), went on to complete a PharmD (gpa 3.14 2012).I have been working in community practice ever since.At age 32, I have come to realize my desire to make a greater impact on humanity through the field of medicine.I have a family who are supportive of my dreams, but i’d hate to disappoint them by making the wrong choices towards my pursuit.I believe this platform has guided people towards a path of success & hoping I can gain some insights as well. Here are my questions & concerns:
Would I need to do some more volunteering (I love tutoring) even though I did some tutoring during my undergrad days? What is more ideal for me as a candidate, Volunteering and/or shadowing. I have secured a shadowing with a psychiatrist.I may be able to also do Hospice volunteering.
Is my community pharmacy practice sufficient as a clinical experience? As far as research is concerned, I did some independent research in the lab during undergrad (2007-2008) with no publication.Worked in a Pharmaceutical company as research associate for 1 yr before Pharmacy school. How sufficient are these even though it has been over 10 yrs?
MCAT has been my biggest concern thus far. I have bought the TBR & tried to read up on some of the courses but I am having difficulty grasping Chemistry & Physics.Most of my core prereqs were completed by 2006, which makes it difficult to recall concepts and work around mathematical formulae.Do I continue to relearn by combining TBR with EK and KA or Should I retake all my prereqs first (DIY postbacc)? Would an online prep course (princeton|Kaplan|TestPrep etc) be adequate? I want to apply in 2020 but not sure which way to approach the MCAT.
PS:I am Texas resident so I emailed all Med schools in Texas & they indicated that prereqs do not expire.
I apologize if my repost is annoying or intrusive as I do not want to give up on my personal-professional achievement in life. I don’t know what else I would want to do in my 40s other than give myself to the profession of serving others, take care of my family & inspire others with my story. Thanks!