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Old 01-09-2020, 08:03 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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My kids are in college and they and their friends are a very high achieving group. My son's best friend has wanted to be a doctor since forever and has all A's in pre-med at a respected university. He's sent his applications for med school and no one is calling. He is starting to panic. He couldn't do better in school than he has done, so it just goes to show how competitive it is. Do not push your kids this way unless they are genius kids who have a great back up plan when their brains don't get them far enough.
Your MCAT score is going to determine whether you get into med school.

Regardless of your undergrad gpa, if your MCAT score is too low then you're not getting in.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Your MCAT score is going to determine whether you get into med school.

Regardless of your undergrad gpa, if your MCAT score is too low then you're not getting in.
MCAT score is only part of it. You can have a high MCAT score and still not get in.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If it’s not the most coveted, then it should be. In a life full of regret, it is my greatest. If I had kids and they had decent academic ability, I’d tell them the must take a shot at it. They only other worthwhile academic pursuit is computer science/engineering in my opinion simply because of the demand. From my experience, nothing else compares in opportunity or career outcome.

It kills me to read the parents bragging on here about their kids who are doctors or in med school. I wish it could be my parents bragging along with them. Makes me wish a semi truck hits me on the way home from work because the regret is very painful. I know I had the academic ability, but I listened to the wrong people and pursued something less significant.
It is sad to have such a narrow view. There are many worthwhile careers out there! Some may not pay tons of money, but they are worthwhile in terms of personal satisfaction.

I sincerely hope none of my kids go to professional schools after college (dental, med, etc) because I don't want them saddled with massive student loan debt. A lot of these professionals carry huge debt that it will take many years to pay off.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:54 PM
 
Location: League City
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If it’s not the most coveted, then it should be. In a life full of regret, it is my greatest. If I had kids and they had decent academic ability, I’d tell them the must take a shot at it. They only other worthwhile academic pursuit is computer science/engineering in my opinion simply because of the demand. From my experience, nothing else compares in opportunity or career outcome.

It kills me to read the parents bragging on here about their kids who are doctors or in med school. I wish it could be my parents bragging along with them. Makes me wish a semi truck hits me on the way home from work because the regret is very painful. I know I had the academic ability, but I listened to the wrong people and pursued something less significant.
You're revering the wrong things for the wrong reasons, man.
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:37 PM
 
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If it’s not the most coveted, then it should be. In a life full of regret, it is my greatest. If I had kids and they had decent academic ability, I’d tell them the must take a shot at it. They only other worthwhile academic pursuit is computer science/engineering in my opinion simply because of the demand. From my experience, nothing else compares in opportunity or career outcome.
It seems you are only thinking about job market.
Then many other careers can make bigger money.
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Old 01-09-2020, 11:59 PM
 
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MCAT score is only part of it. You can have a high MCAT score and still not get in.
Yes. But in reality the MCAT score is big part of it.
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:17 AM
 
Location: S-E Michigan
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It is sad to have such a narrow view. There are many worthwhile careers out there! Some may not pay tons of money, but they are worthwhile in terms of personal satisfaction.

I sincerely hope none of my kids go to professional schools after college (dental, med, etc) because I don't want them saddled with massive student loan debt. A lot of these professionals carry huge debt that it will take many years to pay off.
There are ways to reduce/eliminate the cost thru planning and good fortune if they truly desire such a career.

Our oldest rescinded his Michigan Residency and became a resident of Florida to qualify for the much lower In-State tuition for the Univ of Florida Law School. UF's Law School was the least expensive Tier 1 school at the time of his applications in 2004.

Our youngest received a full-ride scholarship to Med School. I had never heard of such scholarships, I do not know how rare or common these scholarships are, and he didn't anticipate receiving any scholarship, but they are out there. Naturally, this influenced his choice for Med School. What ~$250K scholarship wouldn't?.

Children of a Construction Manager and a Teacher's Aide, so well heeled connections are not a mandatory prerequisite.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:34 AM
 
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It is sad to have such a narrow view. There are many worthwhile careers out there! Some may not pay tons of money, but they are worthwhile in terms of personal satisfaction.

I sincerely hope none of my kids go to professional schools after college (dental, med, etc) because I don't want them saddled with massive student loan debt. A lot of these professionals carry huge debt that it will take many years to pay off.
Maybe to you there are other worthwhile careers. I am not creative, artistic or entrepreneurial in any way. I am a nice person who is very disciplined and lives to grind out work. I can spend hours studying, do very well on a wide variety of standardized tests, and can spend hours and hours working. From my experience, that makes a good med student and resident if not ultimately doctor. I didn't realize this soon enough, but I certainly do regret it now.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:27 AM
 
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Your MCAT score is going to determine whether you get into med school.

Regardless of your undergrad gpa, if your MCAT score is too low then you're not getting in.

Agreed. MCATs are fine in this case, but he is considering taking a gap year and doing the MCAT again as it's all he can do at this point.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:32 AM
 
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Agreed. MCATs are fine in this case, but he is considering taking a gap year and doing the MCAT again as it's all he can do at this point.
He could get a masters over that gap year. If he has Bs in any of the medical core related classes he could take those again and ace them. Maybe he could gain some hours in a medically related volunteer effort. Or all of the above.
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