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BUSINESS TO MEDICINE. ADVICE NEEDED

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:00 pm
by b2med
I recently graduated with an MBA and am now looking to possibly pursue medicine.

I do not have any experience or prerequisite courses. I'm 31 and male living in FL. My passion is there to help people, and I especially adhere to the philosophy of the DO profession vs the MD's.

I looked into some international programs and it seemed to good to be true. For example, the pass rate is over 80% and the acceptance rate is 45%-60%, and their tone suggested I would get in without much problem. Their reasoning for this is that I already have a degree (non-medical).

Some suggest of course that the easier, faster path is hospital administration or something more lateral to my experience/education. However, along with the geniune concern for other human life, people skills and empathy - I would be the frist to admit being called doctor has always been appealing.
Ego-driven? Well not entirely, but I believe this may be one element to help keep my eye on the prize until I've received that diploma.

comments, concerns, questions, critique, advice, etc all welcome
Thank you

Re: BUSINESS TO MEDICINE. ADVICED NEEDED

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:54 am
by CaribMD
Ok no real shortcuts on this.

You need the preqs for medical school, the "International programs" Like the Caribbean and Mexico will make you do premed if you go, you will spend a year doing prereqs at least.

These are 6 year programs
Medical school is 4 years

so If you want a shorter path then enroll in college again and do the preqs and hey if you do well enough then you may apply to US schools.

If not then take the MCAT and apply to the Caribbean 3, you have a better chance in the US from a Caribbean school then from a school in Russia or Poland.

There are really no shortcuts.

Caribbean schools and other International schools you are the same you are a FMG, even if you go to England ( you would not be able to attend a UK medical school its even harder to get into then a US school)

Premed at a Caribbean, the only one I can say is good if you are bent on it is SGU.

Good Luck

Re: BUSINESS TO MEDICINE. ADVICE NEEDED

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:34 am
by b2med
What type of questions would you ask someone to see if they have charateristics of a doctor to be?

Re: BUSINESS TO MEDICINE. ADVICE NEEDED

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:40 pm
by CaribMD
b2med wrote:What type of questions would you ask someone to see if they have charateristics of a doctor to be?

Ok
1. How much volunteering do you do? ( this shows a willingness to give back and to do things without question of making money)
2. Are you ok with working extra hours? How many hours would be too many?
3. Are you uncomfortable talking to people? Can you empathize with people?
4. Are you married? Do you have children? How old? ( doing this does impact family life no matter what we think, you need to be able to balance both and not everyone can do it)
5. Does body fluids, blood, smells and such bother you?

These would be the top Five for me to ask, Academics is less important in the sense that many people are smart enough to be Doctors but personality wise they are not.

Re: BUSINESS TO MEDICINE. ADVICE NEEDED

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:31 pm
by b2med
I just had to answer them directly

1. How much volunteering do you do? ( this shows a willingness to give back and to do things without question of making money) A lot. In fact, not to sound facetious but over the past 2 yrs as a real estate agent I've given more time than most people would be willing to give without pay. Yes, it's a commission only business yet due to the constraints of the industry sales are not common. More importantly, I have never compromised my own ethical standards to make a sale. To answer your question more directly, no I have not done any volunteering in the medical field.

2. Are you ok with working extra hours? How many hours would be too many? If I can save a life, make somebody more comfortable, use my knowledge and skills, yes. Too many hours would be the point where family is it not willing to compromise with my schedule.
3. Are you uncomfortable talking to people? Can you empathize with people? YES. and enthusiastic YES.
4. Are you married? Do you have children? How old? ( doing this does impact family life no matter what we think, you need to be able to balance both and not everyone can do it) Not yet. And this I cannot answer without experiencing it first.
5. Does body fluids, blood, smells and such bother you? Yes, but what I am going to do. It is what it is.