Just wanted to first say thanks for forming such a supportive community. I have been browsing through the topics for a few days and have learned quite a bitâ€¦ but since my situation is kind of unique, just thought I would post it here. Any advice would be highly appreciated!
I got my BSc in Zoology in 1996 from an Asian country. That means I had general chemistry + lab, general physics + lab, general biology + lab, organic chemistry + lab, calculus, and biochemistry. In addition, I also had cell biology, molecular biology, parasitology, zoology, genetics + lab, molecular genetics, animal physiology, cellular biochemistry, biomatrics (statistics) etc. My grades were average (Aâ€™s and Bâ€™s and Câ€™s) with a GPA of 3.37.
Then I got my Ph.D. in parasitology from McGill (Canada) in 2003. In addition to the thesis, I only took a handful of courses which included Immunology, Cell biology and Infection, Host-Parasite Dynamics, and some other parasitology-related topics. My GPA was 3.94 (16 semester credits).
Since then I have been doing stem cell research as a postdoc fellow in a US institute. I have been seriously considering applying for medical schools for a few years although people around me told me I am nuts. (Part of the reason I am so glad to find this community). I have retaken several courses that I did poorly 10 years ago (mostly in the second semester when the sport season started in my college back home) at the local community college and university I work at: organic chemistry (3 quarters without lab), calculus (2 quarters), English 101 and 102, and biochemistry (2 quarters). My GPA so far is 3.99 (37 quarter credits).
So here are my questions:
- I read that courses taken overseas do not count toward pre-reqsâ€¦ does that mean that I have to redo all the other pre-reqs including labs?
- If the answer is yes to the first question, would I be able to get away without redoing general biologyâ€¦ After all, I have been working in the field for all my adult lifeâ€¦
- Can I take inorganic chemistry instead of general chemistry? Any other courses you would suggest me to take/retake?
- Do I actually have too much research experience? Would medical schools that are research-oriented think that I am worthless for quitting research? (although I hope that one day I would be able to come back to the research community and do some research that is more clinically relevant. Whether NIH would have any faith in me and fund me again is another story.)
I would really appreciate your inputsâ€¦ I am trying to come up with a plan that would work with my 12-hours/day, 6-days/week work schedule. If I need to redo everything. I probably would have to quit my jobâ€¦
Thank you all!