I’m yet another person considering medical school, and all that it entails.
I have wanted to be a doctor since I was, oh, 2. Took all the AP courses and then some in high school, got into a good college, and then totally screwed up my first semester (and more later on) and called it quits on the pre-med option.
I stayed in my major (English), but stopped with the pre-med after getting an F in Intro Chemistry (an A in the lab…), and having a withdrawal in Calculus (which I thought was going to be a breeze since I had taken advanced Calculus in high school - I was so wrong).
My other grades throughout my undergrad were not so great. I don’t even remember my actual undergrad GPA except that it’s somewhere between 2.5 and 3.0 (definitely in the 2 dot something range).
Now that I’m 32, I’m thinking about it again. I am set to finish an M.S. in Computer Information Technology by around July 2007 (have like a 3.97 or something up to this point and have one master project left). But I have spread this degree over the last 5 years because my company only reimburses a certain amount a year so I haven’t had to pay out of pocket (2 pregnancies and a cross-country move didn’t make things move any faster either).
I have been reading what information there is out there that applies to me, and am figuring that being a full-time student (if possible) is probably the way to go? I was considering community college, but I am guessing I need to prove my “science GPA under stress” worth?
So I guess my questions/verification requests fall under the following headings:
WHERE TO DO PRE-MED WORK:
A) Community College:
Is community college a possibility for at least all the possible requirements like calc, chem, bio, orgo, and physics or out of the question given my background?
B) Four-Year University.
If CC is a no-no, there are a few options for completing pre-med reqs at a local university (IF they accept me).
- Apply as a non-degree student and take the pre-reqs
- Apply as a second-degree student, take the pre-reqs, but don’t plan to finish the degree if I can finish the reqs quicker and apply before I finish the degree. Finish the degree only if I have to reapply and have time to squeeze in the additional requirements (BIO would be the major).
- Apply as a second-degree student as in #2, but plan to finish the requirements between the 2nd year and the glide year.
GEN COURSE PLAN (w/4yr institution)
What plan would allow me to finish my prereqs (and take my MCATs and apply) in the shortest time frame. I want to show that I am handling a full course load, but at the same time not make things so stressful that I do poorly. I want to strike the right balance.
In theory I could take all the sciences at the same time (and possibly the math) and then take Orgo the following summer.
Or take chem in the summer coming up, and then take orgo, bio, physics and possibly math in the following year.
Or something more moderate than these options?
I know I would probably have to work my butt off to do well in the sciences. Of the 3 branches, bio was my best and chem my weakest (had a weak foundation in high school). Obviously, it’s been over 10 years since I graduated from college.