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    Plato is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Hi all,
    Any medics thinking about thaking it to the next level? After 20 years in EMS I'm finally going to medical school. Anyone got any good stories?
    Cheers,
    New guy,
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    Hi Plato,
    So how's it going with medical school?

    I'm curious myself, and have been tossing with the idea to go to do MD or similar (maybe even PA program now being offered in Australia by distance learning mode [residential blocks]), or do a Nurse Practitioner program, but find myself in a somewhat unique situation.

    I'm mid 40's (with young family), have a Bachelor of Nursing, am just finishing up a Bachelors in Paramedicine (distance learning mode), have completed a MBA last year (and completed numerous certificates health/first aid related). Had seven years in professional (paid) fire service and also did three years full time in Ambulance within Australasia. Worked abroad for several years as RN, specialised/worked ER. Moved to Asia around 8-9 years ago and worked as a nursing consultant in a foreign (American) hospital in a large Asian city. Then six years ago I worked as a clinical educator in Middle East (teaching IMG/M.D.'s & R.N.'s; Inductions, Basic fire knowledge and ALS etc). Now for five years I've been employed in Asia in a 600 bed hospital as a independent health/medical practitioner same as a NP but without the Masters degree.
    NP is not something recognised here as such and I cannot be registered for that reason. None-the-less the hospital and health dept. are happy with the situation that has developed. I assess, examine, run labs, ultrasound/radiology/pathology requests, diagnose and prescribe & follow-up on patients pretty much in the same was a family / general practitioner would/does. I also make referrals to specialists within the hospital or outside to other higher level facilities. The hospital has given me the title of doctor, but I don't go by the title of medical doctor or doctor of medicine. Now I find myself wanting more. I'm a little excited by the development and changes happening in healthcare. NP gaining access and funding rights etc. PA gaining some kind of foot-hold into Australia with the first PA program about to start with a graduate pathway at one Australian University, later this year (2010). Paramedics now having a undergraduate degree pathway with several Australian and two NZ universities offering paramedic specific degree's. Also this new concept of extended care practitioners being used or trialled in Canada, UK, Australia and now NZ.

    So I'm still trying to work out my next step.

    I'm in Asia, and I have noted that there are an abundance of MD programs here (mainly MBBS). But there aren't many graduate programs, and doing 6-7 years seems kind-of-crazy. If I was to go to Australia, where there are grad programs in medicine, it's competitive, much more so than here in Asia. Also since I'm not from Australia originally I'd have to work to earn a living (family to support), though I'd qualify for the domestic student rate (since I'm from NZ).

    In Asia, especially India and China there are more relaxed entry requirements and the cost (which is the biggest factor for me to consider) is much less than elsewhere.

    Problem is I can't find a graduate entry MD program in this neck of the woods. I mentioned that cost is the biggest consideration, but there are a couple of others. Time, the time it'd take to complete any program, since I'm no spring chicken (not that I feel old, but I'm also realistic). The Australian PA program is possible to complete in 1.5-2 years, and I could likely do that by distance learning route with some residential blocks. I could also do a NP program via the distance learning route also with residential blocks. Both these avenues mean I can remain employed where I'm at, and have access to better experience in fact given my unique situation. If I went to to do a graduate entry medicine program, I'd have to give up working, loosing access to financial stability and all that entails as well as good solid grounded clinical experience.

    OK, so back to the question, how are you going?


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    I would imagine that is at least somewhat common, as long as they are less than 35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    Hi all,
    Any medics thinking about thaking it to the next level? After 20 years in EMS I'm finally going to medical school. Anyone got any good stories?
    Cheers,
    25 when I started at Ross. One of the cool things I found out after being accepted is that Ross has their own EMS. Medics are pretty much gauranteed a position as an EMS supervisor which lets you keep your ALS skills current. It's not quite as advanced as current EMS but they are making strides and you do quite a bit. Also they give you more room to work than in Canada or the US. The clinic docs know you're a med student and again let you make more decisions, and will just give phone orders for just about everything.

    I will say I started Paramedic school after undergrad knowing full well it was just a hold over until I was ready for medical school.

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    I know people who followed your path and did very well. Experience rules, especially in medicine, keep it up. Fingers crossed for you

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    I spent a year as a PCP between university and med school. Obviously far from significant but I think it probably helped me out a bit in clinicals. On my first core I had multiple residents/attendings ask me if this was really my first rotation and if I had some other health care experience. For basic sciences it probably doesn't help very much but a little familiarity with the major medical topics can't hurt either.

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    Medic to MD

    hey guys...I have been a paramedic for the last 9 years. I have a ** in bio with a GPA of 3.4. I would like to go to medical school. can anyone give a direction of where I should apply??
    I'm also a AHA instructor for all your ACLS, BCLS, and PALS needs

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    I was a medic prior to medical school. The biggest thing for you now is to ROCK the MCAT. That GPA will make US MD schools a bit tougher unless you have fantastic MCAT scores. Being a medic helps a little for getting into medical school but it really helps you shine in clinicals. Especially if you want to do Emergency Medicine. PM me if you have any quesitons.
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    Medical schools have some tradition. Instead of looking for the good GPA you should have to try for the perfection,Specially when it comes to EMS.
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