Don - if you have the drive, stanima and passion you can do it. I am 48 in the same place you are. The director of admissions of our local Md school told me I have a shot. He told me to “bring him A’s”. Put your toe in and see if you can do that in your pre-reqs.
Good luck and keep us posted. Share your thoughts, dreams and concerns. As you have seen you will get a lot of good but honest advice along the way. You will also get that vital encouragement that can be hard to come by sometimes.
Have you thought about making an appointment to go in to talk with the admissions folks at WVSOM and discussing your situation with them and seeing what they want from a well-qualified applicant? You might find it useful.
that’s why you should follow Judy’s advice and TALK TO THEM IN PERSON! We can give you all the info in the world but at the end it will only matter what folks at WVSOM admission committee think. If you actually make an appointment they will give you a very personalized opinion, and tell you how to handle your 35 Ws and other past issues.
Yeah, I’d think in a situation as specific as yours, that’s the best bet. It’s great that you’ve taken the impetus to talk to them already, and you can only learn by getting in closer contact. Please let us know what kind of feedback you get!
I am currently 3rd year at WVSOM. And, yes, I agree with the others who have told you…talk to them! If you really want to be a doctor, you will find the time to go visit the school, get to know the admissions office personnel (who, by the way, are great!), talk to the students, etc. They have scheduled open houses. Ask when the next one is schedule for and try to attend. As to your gpa and W’s on your transcript, what you need to do is move forward without any further interruptions and do well!
Just a word of advice to all…most med schools don’t provide “admissions counselors” and they may bristle at the idea. So, change your language just a bit so that you are chatting with “someone in the admissions office.” (Ideally the top person or the second in command.) You aren’t looking for “counseling”; you are looking for “perspective,” or “what they are looking for in their well-qualified applicants.” It’s all just “language” but play their game.
That’s a great little bit of advice, Judy. It’s nice to be able to understand a bit of the psychology of adcoms and medical schools. We all have to play their game and dance their dance, so might as well know what they’re thinking, too.