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    Hello all - this is my first post into exploring a career in medicine. I'll save you a long story but basically I'm 36 yrs old. I've had a ** degree in Chemistry from UCLA since 1993 and have worked as an analytical chemist for DOD/DOE/Lockheed and other places since then. Anyway I'm bored stiff stuck in labs for years now and would like a change. I've always wanted to be a doctor but I had a child and wife to support very early in life and got a bit side tracked professionally.. Since my divorce in 2005 I am now finally able to do it as I'm liquid! Son is 16 with his mother and he's enrolling in college Fall 2007. Just me. Anyway.. A GP seems most suited for me as I'd prefer varity of individuals and differing aliments. I am posting in the DR forum because I want to learn fluent spanish to help serve more people in the community and make them feel comfortable with me.

    On to questions

    1. I only had 3.1 UG GPA? I don't think USA is an option right?

    2. Am I too old at 36? Do they even accept middle aged persons? Seems like a bad investment when they can take a 21 yr old who will practice much longer in his community.

    3. Where can I learn about requirements and possibilites to practice in USA after completion from a DR school? I'm a total n00b here. Doctor friend of mine said something about FMSLA?? Is that right? He graduated a US school so was'nt really sure.

    4. Considering the above info: Which schools would you recommend looking into? Cost is not an issue really...I make $87,000 now so this path is a pay cut for awile..at least till I'm done with res..but I have some saved just for this purpose will surf their web sites and send for thier literature.. just get me pointed in the right direction with names.


    Thank you for listening.
    Last edited by Cliff; 06-07-2006 at 08:36 AM.

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    Cliff I Am Going To Send You A Private Message.
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    Cliff, are you really sure to get involve into a Medical School men ? if so, you seems to be a really good worker anyway I guess you won' t have any problem at unibe, or utesa, intec in dominican republic. if you choose unibe you would not have any problems at all because they offer rotation in usa. I do not think about the age it's a problem, you' re in a productive age, what do you have to think it' s about the you have to spend almost 5 or 6 years studying and after that prepare for the USMLE, to practice medicine in usa, if you want to do ti come on. you can do it and more.

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    age is relative, depends on your philosophy

    i studied with people who were in their mid to late 30's. at UCE
    this was back in 1976! I knew students in their 40's and 50's.
    The USA tells you once you get past 29 youre old, useless and forgotten.
    Try to get into med school here at 40 years old.....
    much easier in Europe and the Caribe....
    You will be more motivated to study if youre older i think since you
    do not have the years to play with....like many youngsters down there
    do.....many!!!!
    you will be more serious and get the work done and after 4-5 years
    youll be a doctor and not a chemist

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    Hey, Youre Not Alone Im 35 And Will Start Med School In Mexico ( I Sold My House And I Will Leave My Medical Technologist Career Behind So I Can Go To Med School)this Year. Just Do What Your Heart Wants And You Will Be Happy. Good Luck!!!!!

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    mtmdfan do you speak Spanish? Just asking because I saw you were going to Universidad Xochicalco in Ensenada. I am too. I am also 35.

    I have been taking Spanish this summer, and the school has additional classes when we get there...

    Just wondering if you speak Spanish already.

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    need some help to start

    Cliff ,I AM 41 YEARS OF AGE committed to GOING BACK TO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND FINISHING WHAT i always wanted to do.Like you I GOT sidetracked with other essentials of life ..i.e. wife and 2 beautiful daughters,,,but now I HAVE LEFT MY JOB OF 10 YEARS IN THE PHARMACY DEPARTMENT as a buyer and am opting to go back and at the moment am doing a lot of due diligence..Good luck to you ,,UNIBE does sound like a good option as far as financials as well as the fact that anyway you look at it...in order to succeed in life in anything ,,half the battle is won once you make up your mind..I have had 3 years of medical studies in europe but would like to start the process of admission into UNIBE ,,to better serve mankind and everything else will fall into place..........I will appreciate any help and guidance that can be valuable in achieving my goal.
    thankyou
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    I would appreciate any help in directing me towards my goal ,,,be it in the application process ,guidance ,advice ...or just a plain good luck....I am tryin to get everything together so that I MAY START JAn 2007

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