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    single young mom of 2 year old premed

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    i was just wondering if there was anyone in medical school that started off in the same sittuation im in? if so how did you do it? im 20 with a two year old ill be 23 or 24 when going into med school and my son will be 5 or 6 can anyone give me any advice or at least let me know this is possiable

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    Quote Originally Posted by alis_law View Post
    i was just wondering if there was anyone in medical school that started off in the same sittuation im in? if so how did you do it? im 20 with a two year old ill be 23 or 24 when going into med school and my son will be 5 or 6 can anyone give me any advice or at least let me know this is possiable
    I'm childless and a little older but of course it's possible. One of my mentors / shadowing docs was 19 and pregnant when she was in pre-med and she went on through med school and is now and OBGYN at her own practice. I often asked her how she did it and she would simply reply, "its not easy nor is it ideal, but if you want to do something, you'll get it done". She was in a sorority and had an extensive network of friends and family that often watched her kid for her when she was studying or in class. Finding child care and time management would seem key. Hopefully as he gets older it will be somewhat easier. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by alis_law View Post
    i was just wondering if there was anyone in medical school that started off in the same sittuation im in? if so how did you do it? im 20 with a two year old ill be 23 or 24 when going into med school and my son will be 5 or 6 can anyone give me any advice or at least let me know this is possiable
    Yes, it's possible! Here's a couple of ideas. Assuming you plan to go to the Caribbean, look for a school that has a Significant Others Group. SGU has one and I'm sure others do as well. You'll find lots of support here, spouses with children who may be looking for work (babysitting) and networking with others with children. Or, you may want to bring a care-giver with you. Don't give up hope.

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    I am older than the typical med student and I will be going to AUC with my 8 year old in August. I have him registered at a private school down there and he will attend at the same school hours as me. When not in class, I have contact people in the spouses organization down there to lend a hand with babysitting. It won't be easy but it can be done. I will be able to see him everyday, put him to bed and spend my free time with him. I couldn't think of leaving him behind or giving up on my dream. Good luck to you.
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    My mom is not a physician, but she did successfully complete a very intense nursing program and worked as a private caretaker to an elderly woman; all as a single parent with 3 children under the age of 5.

    She had to rely a lot on family and friends to help her out...it was hard on all of us, but she achieved her dream and became a damn fine nurse (if I don't say so myself )

    If your dream is to be a physician...don't even think about giving up. The help you'll need is out there

    I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!
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    wow totally not what i expected, from the title i thought this was about a 2 year old who's a premed and the single mom was bragging about how smart he/she is..

    but you can do it. i believe in you.
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    me too!!

    Hey!!!!!!
    I am 21, mother of two (4 yrs old and 15 months old) and I am a premed too!!!
    don't give up! just follow ur dreams!!
    I know it's VERY challenging, but we just have to do our best and see what's gonna happen!!

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    Kids and medical school.

    I started medical school (6yr program) with my 11mo year old son. For the first year my spouse was out of the country so it made it a bit difficult. As far as doing medical school with children in the house it's incredibly stressful at times. One has to be a) very organized and b) have a good, reliable child-care/support system. Personal time is a rare event.
    And of course, one always feels the ever-present 'mother-guilt'.
    That being said, in some ways I found that being without a spouse for a year was easier because there was no one to pick up after besides myself and mac-and-cheese for dinner is always acceptable to the children. With a spouse around I actually have to cook something.

    Yes, it is possible and not even as bad as one might imagine. If you have good child-care you'll be fine.
    The best of luck to you.

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