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    I think I have made my decision...a difficult but necessary one.

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    Thanks to everyone on this forum for your words of advice.
    Sometimes the hardest thing is to make the difficult but right decision.
    Usually, you know in your mind what the right decision is but your emotions are telling you something different.

    After some thought, I have decided to take some time to decline the offer to attend Med School at AUC. It's not an easy choice because I want to be an MD yesterday. I am emotionally invested in getting into AUC and have put in alot of time and effort as many of you did. I feel, however, that it has not all been in vain because it has given me an idea of what its like to go through the process.
    I am going to finish my undergrad, retake the MCAT, establish residency in a state that will give me the best shot at attending medical school and see what happens after that. In the meantime, I will teach myself anatomy and physiology and volunteer at the hospital or something to that effect.
    I am glad that I had the courage to make a difficult but hopefully right decision to put medical school on hold for now.

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    Not a bad call if you have the GPA and can get a good MCAT. Be very careful on the residency thing as many states have strict requirements for establishing in-state status for tuition purposes (often 3+ years). And for you to get consideration as a resident of that state for application purposes it will be as much about your intent (ie are you going to stay) as where you have lived for the last year or two. I wouldnt be surprised if you get asked in an interview about that very thing. In the end you can always go a Carib school later.

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    Wish you much luck with your decision!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cms View Post
    Be very careful on the residency thing as many states have strict requirements for establishing in-state status for tuition purposes (often 3+ years)...
    I agree. Find out the specific rules. Also, I don't know how old you are, if you are married, etc, but when I looked into establishing residency in another state I was told that the rule was if you were unmarried and less than 25 years old, your official residency is in the state where your parents reside regardless of where you live. Not sure how true that is, but something you might want to look into.
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    This is a major decision. You really should sleep on it for a few days and check out the facts about residency first.

    Residency issues are tough and vary from state to state. The general rule of thumb is that you need to physically reside in a state for a year, register to vote in that state, register your car in that state, work full-time, pay state taxes (if applicable), and most importantly DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL. If you go to school, even for one night class at the community college, then you “relocated for educational purposes”.

    Second important point – you need to have residency established AT THE TIME YOU APPLY. So, you are talking about adding TWO YEARS, at the very least, from this point.

    Texas has the most STATE schools, 7 MD and 1 DO, and one private school. I think Baylor may give some special consideration to being a TX resident. The state schools also give preference to residents of “under-represented” COUNTIES. I knew LOTS of students with 22-24 MCAT who got in because they were from “the right county”.

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