How Old is too old for medical school?

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How Old is too old for medical school?

Postby CaribMD » Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:41 pm

How Old is too old for medical school?

Many people ask this many times over through out the years I have been going on my journey.

I started when I was 41 ( now 50) and graduated in 2011. I had been an RN for over 20 years and wanted to be a primary care physician. For my own reasons I wanted to be an MD and not a NP (Nurse practitioner) 9 years ago things were different:

Residencies were easier to get into
NP's were not as independent in Primary care ( still are limited some)
Plenty of Loans for medical school off shore
Appeared it would take 4 to 6 years for me at most

Loans for off shore schools dried up
It was harder than I thought ( I made it though)
Still having trouble with matching (I passed all 3 USMLE steps and currently in clinical setting)

So too old? this is not as important as considering what the outcome will be.
Most of us (I'm included) will borrow between 200-300 thousand USD to attend medical school.
These loans are not forgivable if you do not complete a residency.

So when you consider this road be prepared to accept that its not easy:
Passing the exams
Getting into a Residency

A medical degree is worth nothing in the USA without a residency.

If you are older like me you want a plan that this will succeed.

A good plan for everyone, young and old is

Attend a US medical school ( this almost guarantees a residency in the US )
Attend one of the Big 3 Caribbean medical schools American University of the Caribbean, St. Georges University, or ROSS. These are second to US Schools ( should be able to match into a US residency)
All other schools are third choice and you have much lower chance of matching, and almost no prospect of student loans. You will need to be able to pay up to 30,000 usd a year tuition to these schools.

So how old is too old again? I would say there is no age limit.

the plan is the main issue, you need to plan for success.
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