Hey guys! Just stumbled across this forum. Happy to see there are other nontrads getting back on the horse too I have a few logistical questions I hope y’all could help me with.
Background: I’m currently a practicing PA in EM/ICU for ~4 yrs looking to make the switch to medical school for a number of reasons which I’m happy to elaborate on if needed. Three kids with a work-from-home home husband. Undergrad major chemistry with cGPA 4.0 and PA grad school GPA also 4.0. All med school pre-reqs essentially met via PA school pre-reqs. Haven’t taken the MCAT yet but started studying and plan to take it in the next 1-2 years.
- Would it be more financially wise for me to work an extra 3-4 years, pay off debt and save up for cost of living with my PA salary before applying to/starting medical school? Or would it be better to start sooner rather than later, let the debt build unholy amounts of interest throughout med school + residency (and have med school debt added on top of that) knowing that I’ll be making more money sooner?
- Are there any legal issues/conflicts of interest against me picking up shifts as a PA while in medical school? Or working during med school in general? Do people do this?
- Do I really need to obtain shadowing hours given my experience practicing medicine…every day?
- Should I be going back to school JUST so I can get science LORs? Or would it be sufficient to obtain LORs from my physician colleagues and PA faculty members?
Sorry if these have been asked before – thanks so much for the input!