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    Hi,

    I have been working in HealthCare IT now for almost 2 years. Before that I worked in a Micro lab for (in total) 1.5 years.

    I am at a stage now where I need something different and I realised I'm not content with where my life is heading -career wise.

    I graduated with a first in BMS - and as mentioned about I have experience in the healthcare world. From the lab side, and from the IT NHS side.

    I have been debating if I should return to school - I have always wanted to go to Med school - but I have this voice in my head that scares me. I think it's from my cultural upbringing of by the age of 30 I should be married with kids ( which is something I actually havent ever wanted).

    I do also love micro and research, and have found teaching (currently teach part time, and mentor) very thrilling.

    If I was to apply for Med school - I have missed the 2016 boat, what would I need to do to prep for the 2017 entry? and is it enough time?
    I have applied for a PhD at the Uni of Bham. Currently waiting on them to get back to me.

    Has it ever been done, where you start a PhD and just into a Med course at the same Uni? I thought that if I got the PhD (Jan Start) - I could get a better feel for Bham uni and if I liked it I would use this time to apply for Med school?

    Let me know.

    Thanks,
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    First off, to apply for med school you need to get relevant work experience i.e in hopsitals, GPs, community healthcare settings.

    I think your bigger dilemma is whether to do a PhD or to go to med school. Lots of doctors end up doing research but usually when they're halfway through their medical training (during the specialist training years). Applying to med school and getting the required work experience will be time consuming and not necessarily something you can do while doing a PhD unless you do the PhD part-time or do the work experience while you're writing up. I also think it's really unfair and will piss off a lot of people if you take up a PhD offer and drop the PhD a year later to go to med school (not sure if this is what you're considering though!). You certainly can't do a PhD and med school at the same time.
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    The medicine subforum has tons and tons of information about applying and details everything you need to do to prepare.

    (Original post by alleycat393)
    I also think it's really unfair and will piss off a lot of people if you take up a PhD offer and drop the PhD a year later to go to med school (not sure if this is what you're considering though!).
    Who cares about other people? In these kinds of situations you have to be selfish. Why trudge on doing a PhD if you don't want to do it anymore?
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Who cares about other people? In these kinds of situations you have to be selfish. Why trudge on doing a PhD if you don't want to do it anymore?
    Because if you ever come back to academia to do research or a PhD people (including funders) will remember the fact that you walked out for no better reason than the fact that you planned to go to med school all along and were just biding your time. Giving up a PhD for a good valid reason is a different matter.




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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    First off, to apply for med school you need to get relevant work experience i.e in hopsitals, GPs, community healthcare settings.

    I think your bigger dilemma is whether to do a PhD or to go to med school. Lots of doctors end up doing research but usually when they're halfway through their medical training (during the specialist training years). Applying to med school and getting the required work experience will be time consuming and not necessarily something you can do while doing a PhD unless you do the PhD part-time or do the work experience while you're writing up. I also think it's really unfair and will piss off a lot of people if you take up a PhD offer and drop the PhD a year later to go to med school (not sure if this is what you're considering though!). You certainly can't do a PhD and med school at the same time.
    My main Q is which direction - either Med School or PhD?

    And is it worth it. I am 25 (almost 26 in a month) - on a good salary, but I have this deeper desire for something more.
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    My main Q is which direction - either Med School or PhD?

    And is it worth it. I am 25 (almost 26 in a month) - on a good salary, but I have this deeper desire for something more.
    This really is a matter of choice - we can't make up your mind for you.

    It depends what you ultimately want out of the options. Why do you even want to go to med school? Do you want to be a doctor? A GP or specialist? Which specialism? All of these things would need you to have more of an answer than you do now, before applying. You won't necessarily need the burning urge to be, say, a cardiologist. Many people use their training to decide which direction to take. But it will certainly help your application if you could come up with a better reason for applying than a "deeper desire for something more". Bear in mind that places at med school are fearsomely competitive. If you go in there sounding woolly or unsure, that won't help.

    If you want to be a doctor, you need to go to med school. If you want to be a researcher, you'll need a PhD. As far as I can see, if you can't decide, then med school offers the option to move sideways into a PhD and research later. A PhD without a med school background will lock you into research.

    Whether you can pitch a credible med school application on that basis, remains to be seen.
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    (Original post by Sakk89)
    My main Q is which direction - either Med School or PhD?

    And is it worth it. I am 25 (almost 26 in a month) - on a good salary, but I have this deeper desire for something more.
    What Klix88 said!

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