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Discussion in 'Mature Students' started by matmed1, Jun 18, 2010.
The fail rate is negligible.
You'll be fine.
i am in my early 30's.. and having second thoughts about going to med school, well, because of the discouragements i got from few friends --- who said that im too old for this. honestly, i felt relieved after reading this post and my passion for enrolling for med school came back.. thanks!
Well I was in my late 30's when I started at medical school.
Not sure what your friends issues are? Are they jealous? Don't friends support each other where your from? Mine did.
But you will have to accept a period where you just don't have much money, which is the main challenge of medicine as a mature student.
I am in a similar boat. I'm 42 now and am planning on writing GAMSAT in September 2017. That means I hopefully would start the 4 year course when I'm 44. The way I look at it is that I'm in the process of finishing my PHD in Systemic & Family Psychotherapy through the Tavistock, 2 Clinical Masters and a Bachelors in Psychology and Social Work, I will not stop to evolve when I'm a student or on my F1/F2. I will still run my private practice as a Psychotherapist from home and still write articles for AFT or UKCP. I can also do court assessments. One can also be creative in making money from Affiliate Markating, look at Wealthy Affiliates for example to help you financially in the time when you do what you always wanted to do. I'm not going to start with nothing when I study medicine or when I'm a junior doctor. I want to approach the field as humble as pie but will contribute to medicine in a way someone much younger than me will not be able to. I grant you that, someone younger has time to offer...but I have a wise head. Physically I'm as fit as a fiddle and 20 year olds struggle to keep up with me in the gym or on the running track. I work hard to maintain good health. I am excited about this level of ethnography as a student/junior doctor that will contribute to psych-socio and bio sciences. A big issue with what we want to do has to do with time away from family and friends. That's something Im still struggling with... but after losing both my parents prematurely I also have a different philosophy on attachments, life and death. We are All One and death does not exist. We are not our minds and we are not our bodies. You might as well evolve yourself completely to the fullest of your potential. I will be 50 after my F2 and chronologically be seen as an oldie, but biologically I won't be old because I'm fit. At 55 I may be a specialist in something. Retirement is life. If you enjoy what you are doing then you never have to retire. Maybe I'm just being a therapist to myself because I also need reassurance, but all of us need that as well sometime. Go live your life mate, don't let age, which is a mere social construct hold you back. I hope to see you in the field. André