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  1. Thank you so much! I was slightly discouraged after a couple other responses so I appreciate you sharing a positive story with me! I am in the same boat. I will regret it if I don’t try. I don’t know if there’s anything worse than not living up to your potential. You are awesome. Thank you, again!
  2. I’m not saying I know everything that comes with it. I guess I didn’t explain myself properly in my post... and I’m definitely not romanticizing the career. I listen to physicians and offices complain every single day. Every day. I’m well aware that it is tough work.. the pressures of seeing so many patients each day, insurance, Medicare wellness, etc.. and that it all may change come the next election in the US if the US begins working toward some type of universal health care coverage. I am aware that there’s so many difficulties to be dealt with daily and I’m aware that I still don’t know about all of them. Despite all of that, I do believe it’s a career that I would enjoy. Good info on prep classes and DO vs MD. I’m in the very early stages of this process so it all helps. Thank you!
  3. I appreciate you slapping me with the cold hard truth. I truly do. I learned very quickly after making pretty decent money in pharma sales that it’s not all about money to me and I need a job I’m going to enjoy doing every day. I enjoy the hustle and I thrive under pressure.. but have I changed with regards to that lifestyle since I became a mom? Perhaps. You gave me things to think about. Thank you!
  4. Thank you for the response. I am in the US. I didn’t think about the consolidation option for the $50k. I’ll have to think more about my undergrad GPA I guess. My first two years weren’t great, but I did quite well in the last two.. getting As in physical chemistry 1 & 2 and biochemistry. Thanks again!
  5. Hi all! Background: 27. Married. 10 wks pregnant with 2nd child. Have a mortgage & $50k in student loans already. Undergrad GPA (small private school, forensic science major): 3.39 (worked almost full time & lots of issues with family life so many distractions). Graduated 2014. Grad GPA: 3.8 (large university, started in the chemistry PhD program.. passed my PhD candidacy exam and a week later, decided it wasn’t worth it to continue bc I didn’t want to work in academia or research. I left with my M.Phil. in chemistry). Graduated 2016. I’ve been working as a pharma sales rep for 2.5 years. It is a great job, but I need something more. I know med school is it. Q1: For those married with kids and a mortgage before entering med school.. Any words of wisdom? My husband makes ok money, but I’m not sure he can support a family, especially with my student loan payment (don’t want to defer and let it gain interest but would that be worse than taking out new loans to help live on?). Q2: Everything looks familiar and I’m remembering things quickly.. but studying for the MCAT is daunting being (what feels like) so far removed from undergrad. Any advice? Take a class? (I can’t pay for more college level classes right now) This is the scariest part of it all. Q3: Shadowing/ clinical experience. Isn’t the point of this to make sure you know what you’re getting into? I’m just wondering how much I really need to do, given that I’ve had a lot of exposure to the health care environment through my current job. I understand I haven’t been inside the exam room, but I have to ask this anyway. Also, the school in aiming for doesn’t state an hourly requirement on their website, but I think I’ll contact them and ask. Thanks for reading & I appreciate any advice you all can give!
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