Assuming you are taking the MCAT in the end of July.
May-June -> Content Review through reading or watching videos (TPR Medflix is AMAZING - i didn't even read much of anything because this covered everything which I supplemented with chapter summaries in textbooks).
July -> AAMC Resources for practice. I have attached a screenshot for my schedule. I took the test in the end of August and did content review from June-July and only practiced in August. It is important to take days off.
Time your Question pack and practice tests practice but DO NOT TIME YOUR SECTION BANK. It is extremely hard and you want to understand every question and not speed through it under time pressure.
I would suggest only to do AAMC material but you could use test companies for CARS practice, although all test companies fail to represent the MCAT and only lower your confidence because they try to make their exams stupidly challenging.
There were no previous nurses in my class at Mac. I suspect this is because nurses already have a profession and are already very employable. Whereas it is much more difficult to find a job as a kin (pretty sure an RN would make much more too). Also, if a nurse wanted to go back to school, my bet would be that it would be for a master's in nursing, NP, or medicine. These are just my thoughts and opinions though. It's very possible a few nurses would go to PT school. I'm just guessing it's pretty rare.
and just to add to that - another part of the problem is that most of know someone whose "neurotic" tendencies were very important in helping them get into medical school. Hyper awareness of things, triple checking, endless clarifying what was expected, reviewing every single test/assignment etc. All pushing 79->80, 84->85, 89->90.... to hit those GPA curves, be just a bit better than everyone around you, and generally driving both themselves and everyone around them nuts.
It sucks because often it is a distraction from the learning - and selects effectively for people with a very rule, clear goal directed success and ways of thinking into a field that actually doesn't have that kind of clarity at all clinically at all (uncertainty drives a lot of new medical students nuts) and probably overly competitive people. At least competitive in the wrong way ha - we are all how can I be even better at X over Y (even if I break A, B, C... in order to do it), instead of how can we as a hospital system provide better care today than yesterday.
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to meet peers in my class for drinks and we (obviously) ended up discussing our future as well as specialty choice(s). By talking to male peers who are in the LGBT community, it dawned on me that choosing a career for them is not as simple as it is for straight males. I mean there are always other personal factors that go into choosing a specialty, regardless of sexual orientation, but some of the additional challenges that they mentioned included: entering a specialty that was LGBT friendly, a specialty/program friendly towards paternity leave, choosing a city & academic institution that is LGBT friendly and more that I can't remember... - I was 3 pints in at this point haha. One of them felt that FM was inevitable for them if they wanted the things listed above.
When they told me this, I realized that in my past experience with male and female residents in different subspecialties, the majority of male residents continued to work even after they and their partner had a child, but many female residents would delay maternity, take the maximum length of maternity leave without being held back in residency, or just accept that their training will be delayed. This definitely made me more conscious of my privilege as a younger, straight male, in the field of medicine who unintentionally presumed that only my future female partner would take the mat leave, and I wouldn't. If I was encouraged or knew staff members that took pat leave, I would love to take pat leave!
Now you may be confused as to what direction this post is going... But let me summarize it in these two questions:
1. I think more and more programs are accepting of female residents taking mat leave, but what are the stigmas amongst different specialties when it comes to new fathers, who are residents/fellows/new staff, taking paternity leave? Are some specialties more encouraging? Are some just tolerant? Are there programs/specialties that shame or make fun of male residents for taking paternity leave?
2. Besides FM (and maybe peds?), what specialties/programs are friendly towards starting a family, taking paternity leave, and physicians of the LGBT community?
9 straight years of economic growth, plus a real estate run up, record low interest rates for an extremely extended amount of time
a lot of people now almost cannot even remember what a recession is like - or in many cases ever had one in their careers yet.
all that is great if you are taking advantage of it to give yourself a nice stable financial future - if you are overextended things are going to get messy at some point.