First off, let me say that it was very comforting for me to find this site. After reading many of the posts, I have come to the realization that I am not completely crazy for wanting to pursue a career in medicine. I am a 28 year old with an undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting. I have been lurking around this site for a few weeks now. Some of my life experiences have caused me to develop a passion for medicine. As for my background, I am CPA who has spent the last 4 years at a Big 4 firm performing financial audits. At first, the idea of leaving my promising career to pursue a career in medicine was difficult considering the time and effort one must expend. However, as I get older I am beginning to realize that I have no real interest or passion for accounting or the business world for that matter and, as such, would never really be great at it. I am sure that my concerns are common among the members of this site. I have the following questions for the forum members. I apologize in advance if these have already been discussed in other posts:
- I currently live in Kansas City and there are a couple post bac programs in the city. However, completing one of these post bac programs would be much more costly than just attending my local state school to obtain the necessary pre reqs for medical school. Are there any real advantages to attending a post bac program?
- At this point, I am unwilling to just quit my job and pursue this full time. Additionally, my work schedule is such that I can not attend night classes as I frequently have to travel internationally. However, Mizzou offers some of the pre req courses online. Are there any disadvantages to taking online courses for medical school? My plan is to take a few of the pre req courses online to get my feet wet and then leave my job in the fall to complete the remaining courses at my local state university.
- I completed my undergrad cum laude with a 3.6cgpa and my masters with a 3.8cgpa. My understanding is that this is relatively low for medical school. As such, I am considering going the DO route. After reading the Osteopathic information book, it appears that a very low percentage of matriculates are non-science majors. It this due to the fact that there are fewer non-science applicants or do they look unfavorably on non-science applicants?
Sorry for the length of my post, but I have alot of questions/uncertainties at this point.