I’m so glad to have found this forum and to know that there are so many non traditional pre meds out there. It’s inspiring to see people go out there and pursue their dreams in spite of setbacks and age.
A little bit about me… Going to medical school was always intriguing to me. However, I grew up in the Middle East and there weren’t opportunities to explore that avenue, at least at the time, so it became a forgotten dream. I moved to the US when I was 17 and started CC right away. Being very young, without a clear end goal in mind and completely unaware of how the US education system worked, I started my undergrad as a pre dental student (wanting to make big money quickly). Over a summer, I took a biotechnology course that changed my entire outlook on science. Biotechnology was new, fascinating and exciting for me so I ended up changing majors and going to UC San Diego for molecular biology.
While I was in UCSD, I reconsidered med school but became disillusioned by the competitive nature of the application process. I graduated with a BS in molecular biology in 2007, with a 3.7 overall GPA and 4.0 molecular biology GPA. I had initially considered pursuing a PhD but changed my mind after I realized it wasn’t the path for me (the isolating nature, the constant submission for grants etc). Since then, I have been working at a transplant diagnostic company which makes kits for tissue typing, having worked my way up from a lab tech to a supervisor of a product line. During my 10 years of work in IVD, I got married and got used to the stability, the comfort and the consistency of life.
Very recently, due to some changes at work, I’ve began to re-evaluate my life, my career choice and my future. Medical school is back on my mind. I want to have direct impact on the lives of people. Everytime I hear of someone getting in medical school, I think “that could be me”. I should mention that since this is a very recent epiphany, I have not taken any action on it. I have no volunteer experience, or ECs.
Apologies for the long intro but I guess I’m wondering where I stand if I wanted to apply to med school.
1)I had a pretty good GPA but I realize that all my courses are 10+ years old. How do I find out the school requirements for pre-reqs and their expiration dates?
2)After reading of the other non traditional pre meds here, I don’t feel like I have a good enough or convincing story to pursue med school except in my heart, it feels right. How can I be sure? Is anyone 100% sure?
3)How much ECs hours do I need to be a solid applicant?
4)I don’t even know where to begin if this is my journey.
I’m 34 years old and don’t want to spend years speculating on this decision. Any advice would be highly appreciated.