05-07-2012, 12:42 PM #11
Perhaps you could specialise into medical physics? Seems more realistic and far quicker imo. You could also try to get onto a physicians assistant course but I doubt that will sound tempting. . .2014 MB.ChB Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow
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05-07-2012, 06:46 PM #12
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- Jun 2003
Honestly speaking, perhaps do consider other options. I am an optometrist, and there is considerable clinical aspect to it,
albeiit, not enough for my liking, but still very clinical. Look into that - it is 3 yrs or 4yrs(scotland) at uni then 1yr pre-reg
training so much quicker to qualify so more age realistic. What about speech therapy? Or physiotherapy? Medical physics,
I have looked into (a also have a physics degree) and this is NOT comparibly patient/clinically orientated, much more concerne
with the tehnical side, such as the safty aspects of nuclear medicine etc. also, medical physics is a long slog to qualify, with
heavy competition for training posts.
06-07-2012, 07:22 PM #13
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- Dec 2010
If you have the existing qualifications then it's just the UKCAT/GAMSAT that you need and some work experience.
I'm sure I read somewhere that there are medical students in their 50s, although they may have started in their 40s, still same ball park.
What have you got to lose?
Good luck with it.UEA 2013 - (hopefully) 2018
14-07-2012, 12:34 AM #14
Do you think it's too late?
Whilst it's true that "you are potentially taking a place away from someone who could well be in the field of medicine for the next 40 years" if you were offered a place, it would be because the school believes in you, sees something valuable in you and you would have got that place fairly.
There is no guarantee that all medical students become doctors anyway, some might decide to do something else or even drop out.
I began considering medical school at 39. Now at 40+ I'll be starting second year and although it's hard work I've loved every minute.
So only you know the answer to that question. If you want it then go for it, you'll never know otherwise. A place at medical school certainly won't come knocking on your door if you do nothing and wait.
Best of luck and Happy 50th Birthday!Extra Mature - Medical School Latecomer
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