“OPM Holy Trinity”…hmm, has a nice, ring to it…I can just hear it over my laughter.
As the founding member of the “Holy Trinity” I can flatly state that anyone & everyone has the right to disagree & defend there assertions here on OPM w/o fear of punitive action. In fact, in the entire lifetime of OPM - 1997 to present - I think I/we have removed 2 maybe 3 people for unprofessional, inflammatory or otherwise immature behavior. Considering we have ~3600 members, I think that it is a pretty paltry number & assertions of persecution for those disagree are completely w/o foundation.
Furthermore, as a member of OPM, I have an EQUAL right to express & defend my assertions as long as it done in a mature, articulate & professional manner. That is how it has been done, is done & will always be done on OPM - as long as I have something to say about it.
Another thing, the “Holy Trinity & our disciples” CHOOSE to share our cumulative wisdom from actually experiencing & SUCCEEDING in this game called “admission to medical school”. No, the system is not perfect (nor does it claim to be), it makes mistakes (bad decisions to admit/not admit both non-trads & trads) and will most likely never come close to attaining perfection. However, know this for certain, the non-trads who do get in indirectly & directly are advocating for more open admission mindsets for medical schools. It was not too many years ago that if you were not a white boy straight of Ugrad - you did stand an ice-cube’s chance in hell of getting in. That situation is massively different these days, by, in part, due to on-trads who were not intimidated by the status quo & choose to take the bull by the horns & forge new paths. Over the last 15 to 20 years, most medical school (both allo & osteo) have progrsssively become more open to admitting old folks. No, they do not share this disposition nor will all of them ever agree on doing so.
None of us here claim to have secret knowledge of “the way” that we have scuttled away to portion out to the little people. No, in fact, we were equally awash in rumors, myths & false perceptions about getting into medical school as you guys are. But, we educated ourselves, networked our asses off and learned how to succeed in the system. You will never change the system from the outside. It can only be changed from the inside. So, we choose to share what worked & did not work for us in an effort to guide others who are trying to follow & also achieve their dreams. But, I will flatly state, just as Efex101 did, not everyone who wants to become a physician - no matter how badly you want it - will succeed in doing so.
Furthermore, blaming our situations on the perceived “easy road” of our younger colleagues is truly only a scapegoat for our own perceptions of self. Yes, as non-trads with families, bills, mortgages & an infinitely long list of other hinderances have many hurdles to overcome. But, YOU chose the path that placed you where you are & YOU must accept responsibility for being there & YOU are the only one who can change the situation. The younger applicants did not cause your situation…period. Furthermore, they have their own perilous mountains to climb. While maybe not saddled with our baggage, they must also succeed in the face of a paucity of life & professional experience for them to fall back on, the ability to know that they can stumble, fail & recoever & the critically important art of balance to succeed at multiple demanding obligations. There’s is no easy road.
Finally, an extraordinary few of my classmates had ‘silver spoons’…the same can be said about the preponderance of the residents with whom I work on a daily basis - and this is at an Ivy League institution, where the silver spoons allegedly aggregate.
Now that my counter-rant is drawing to close, I have a polite suggestion for all of you who are choosing to blame others (younger applicants, AdComs & whomever) for you own plight. Take a moment to look at this objectively - not emotionally charged - and choose to take responsiblity for your situation. Then you will be able to rechannel the energy you are wasting in placing blame on external causes…ever heard of tilting windmills? When you internalize your locus of control, you will empower yourself to make positive changes in your life.
I know when I flunked out of college…yes FLUNKED OUT of college…it took me years to regain the self-esteem to reinternalize my locus. However, when I finally did, I was able to succeed & attain my dreams: father, husband & physician. As long as you sustain your angst & misdirect towards others, who are not truly the cause of your hinderances, you will not succeed.
The reason folks on OPM listen to what Nat, Mary & I have to say is because we obviously made it work. And, many others who have come behind us & others who simply try to help because they care (JColwell) have helped us to refine the advice & counsel we provide merely for the asking.