Monday, March 15, 2010

MD-PhD Route Explained

I was going to write up my thoughts but given the current migraine, I'm taking the lazy route (and in this case, wiser route) and just posting a link to OMDG post instead.



OMDG said...

You've probably posted something on this before.... but remind me again. What's your timeline on all of this? At what age were you planning on starting med school?

PS -- If you do decide to do a PhD, you'll need to take the GRE and do well on it. I suggest a prep-class. Fortunately, the GRE is far less painful than the standardized tests of our era (SAT, ACT, etc.). Now that it is all on the computer, you can be in and out WITH YOUR SCORES in half a day.

A Doc 2 Be said...

I'm 45. I will be 46 when I apply to medical school, 47 at matriculation, if accepted first time (only time).

Last week, my eyes watered when I think how much of my life is already gone and wasted when what I really wanted to do was right in front of me all along.

A Doc 2 Be said...

I've taken a pre-GRE and did really well. As you suggest, I too am a firm believer in the exam classes.

For the GMAT I took a class, and got a 780.

On the LSAT, I "bombed" it and got 161 which is the bare minimum score required of all those applying to the 25 top law schools. I did not apply. Took it for fun, you might say.

The MCAT prep work I'm doing is fun, easy, and I love it. I have to keep reminding myself that the actual exam will be much, much harder than the prep work I do now (EK is what I'm using).

I also, had a GRE book thinking about 8 years ago when I was told that I would never stand a chance to get accepted to med school, that perhaps I should get a PhD in biochem and thus, started studying for it (including self-taught calc).

Yes, I am a geek.

OMDG said...

I don't remember there being any calc on the GRE... And as I recall, the actual MCAT was easier than the practice tests they made us take when I did Princeton Review. Practice practice practice is the key to doing well on those tests!

I'm sure you'll do really well. Don't discount the verbal section. Prior to the MCAT, I thought it wasn't possible to study for a reading comprehension test. I improved my score by 4 points on the MCAT just by practicing.

Remember, 40 is the new 30. And they need primary care docs in rural areas so badly they'd be FOOLS to turn you away. Plus, you can practice until you're 80.

A Doc 2 Be said...

You sure know how to make me smile.

Thank you!

Mi said...

I really appreciate all the information OMDG and you are sharing. I wish I had found your blogs a year or six months ago.