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    Is 50 too old to start a medical program?

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    I am interested in knowing if you think that 50 is too old to start a caribbean medical. I would to know the opinions especially older current students. I have read many postings on this forum about loans,residency programs and different schools.
    Can I possibly pay back $200,000 in loans at my age?
    Which schools would accept an older student?
    Would a residency program take an old student if I get that far?

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    most caribbean schools will accept a qualified older student...as long as u got the money to pay....but i would sit down and determine if it is worth it....

    think about it...u will be 54 once done with med schol....done with residency 57.....

    you will be in debt near 200K....so how long do u plan on working in your life to pay that back.....

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    Re: Is 50 too old to start a medical program?

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    I am interested in knowing if you think that 50 is too old to start a caribbean medical. I would to know the opinions especially older current students. I have read many postings on this forum about loans,residency programs and different schools.
    Can I possibly pay back $200,000 in loans at my age?
    Which schools would accept an older student?
    Would a residency program take an old student if I get that far?
    I know a guy who is in his late 60's (I think). he matched pathology last year. it's never too late, if you want to do it. G
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    Quote Originally Posted by AssyrianSkipper
    most caribbean schools will accept a qualified older student...as long as u got the money to pay....but i would sit down and determine if it is worth it....

    think about it...u will be 54 once done with med schol....done with residency 57.....

    you will be in debt near 200K....so how long do u plan on working in your life to pay that back.....

    that is my opinion

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    Skipper, the deal is that the guy will be 57 in 7 years either way. That he owes $200,000 isn't a major deal....my personal goal is to owe $1 million when I am cremated. But what he won't be is bitter that he didn't do with his life. The world needs more fulfilled old men and less bitter old men. My thought is that he should go for it with a grin and start wearing his hair longer, swim with the dolphins, and leer at the pretty girls on the islands. Why not?
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    a classmate of mine here at AUC is 53, he is in the top of the class and enjoying life....looking at the girls and diving etc....


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    concerns of age

    im not too far from 50 but my biggest concern would be my health. if you have heart disease or uncontrolled obesity or some other morbidity i would strongly look at to see if you can handle the next 20 years or so. forget about the cash, lots of ways to make cash. medicine is about satisfaction

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    Hey...

    As long as you have the capability to absorb medical information or have a good medical background ....i don't think....age will have any impact....


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    You have one life to live, and the greatest accomplishment is to have no regrets. Therefore, if at the age of 50 you have decided to become a physician, and we all know what it feels like when you have that burning desire, when you have that need to fulfill a life long dream no matter how old you maybe, well then you owe it to yourself to at least give it a try. When you graduate medical school you wont even think twice about that 200k debt, but if you dont follow your dream you'll spend the rest of your life questioning if you made the right decision.

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    i personally know for a fact that is impossible in a legit way. won't even go into why or how i know, i just do.

    quit showing off and go back down to the normal, usual 3 max that is the cutoff

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