Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pre-med Summit Event

Told with my 3.7 that I should consider the Caribbean schools.

'nuff said. After the break, I went back to hotel, took my son to lunch, and took a nap.



Unknown said...

In my opinion, you should consider Caribbean schools... and continental US schools. A 3.7 is by no stretch of the imagination a bad GPA, so you shouldn't give up on US schools if you've found one that you like and that feels like it could be "home" for 4 years. On the other hand, if you haven't found a med school that feels "right" yet, maybe one of the good Caribbean schools would. Basically, what I'm saying is don't get discouraged or give up, but also keep in mind all of your options. Hang in there & good luck!

A Doc 2 Be said...

It was a slap in the face. Hard.

And for personal reasons (the 300#of canines that I own), the added headache of not having a recognizable school when practicing nor a means to buff up my ability to get a decent hospital for MS3 and MS4, let alone match, the Caribbean is out.

What a waste of a day for med school. This was at my top choice school too.


OMDG said...

3.7??? Caribbean? Really?

I only had a 3.8 something and I got in where I go. What's up with that?

I won't tell you to *completely* ignore the advice, but I will also tell you that I was told by one of the pre-med advisers that I should delay my application for a year because I would "never" get in applying late. And also, that my mediocre SAT scores meant that I would do badly on the MCAT.

Suffice to say, I received a lot of s*** advice. But then, it's better to set your expectations low so that you can feel good about things when they work out. I think people tell you these things to make you work harder to add things to your cv that will make you a more attractive candidate.

Suppose they're right about telling you "Caribbean." Then they should also be telling you "Osteopathic school." Last I heard those were all in the states, so you should still be fine.

rhonda said...

Just remember we all get told no more than we get told yes and to keep pushing.

A Doc 2 Be said...

It was the doctor's dismissive attitude that upset me more than anything.

I think if I were 25 and had a 3.7 with my 16 years executive experience, 15 years volunteering for various children's HEALTH related organizations including sitting on the board, he'd have had a different perspective.

What I got is that it was completely related to my age... I'm 45.

Remind to buy my walker this week :P

Unknown said...

I'm a few years younger than you, have a 3.5 (with a lower sci gpa) and am starting at an allo school (in the US) in a few months. just apply broadly and keep an open mind!

Mi said...


I think you are right. The discouraging advice was more of a reaction to the age than the GPA.

If you had told him about your executive experience, he would have suggested retirement instead of a Caribbean school. Don't let it discourage you.

Ella said...

Oh, If I only had a mere 10 cents for every time I heard something like this....

Like I said... getting into med school isn't about ANYTHING other than tenacity. And earplugs. Brush it off. And don't count that school out. At my school one admission dean LOVED me. And the other told me flat out I had no chance and rejected me the first time. Don't worry. Things will work out the way they are supposed to. I promise.

Anonymous said...

Don't give up Doc 2 be! My advisor in undergrad took one look at my file (3.7-ish GPA as well), told me I'd never get in to Med school and refused to work with me any more. So I sat in the stairwell, cried and then went to nursing school.

Eight years later I AM in medical school where they were more than happy to accept me. I don't know what kind of school you are looking at, but I am going to a state school in the state where I have lived and worked for the last 10 years. Has anyone ever heard of it- I'd guess not. But is it a great school with a small class size and tons of individual attention and an emphasis on the kind of medicine I'd like to practice - yes it is.

So don't let some jacka$$ get you down, you might need to adjust your expectations about the kind of school you would like to attend, but I guarantee that no matter what Med school you go to, when you are done you will still be called Doctor. Good luck!

(And by the way we have two *awesome* Med students in my class over 40:)

Keri said...

There's nothing wrong with going to a Caribbean med school. I have two friends that went to St. George's and both have matched in amazing US residencies (one is at Sloan Kettering in NY and the other was at Queens Hospital a few years back). They've done really well for themselves and nobody looks down on them. Plus they got to spend all that time in Grenada and have amazing pictures to prove it. That whole huge stigma is ridiculous and outdated. What matters are your board scores and patients are comfortable with doctors who they can trust and who have decent residencies. I also know a guy who attended Ross and dropped out after a year and got a high paying healthcare consulting job. Who cares what people think? If you really want to be a doctor, you'll do it anyway you can and not get caught up with ego.

Keri said...

Also, don't worry! You'll do great! The Caribbean isn't that bad, but I'm sure you'll do great getting into an allo school. This guy who said you wouldn't is being silly and egotistical. You're definitely not stupid with a 3.7, so you're right in just laughing him off.