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Through self-doubt, bad studying habits and personal life circumstances I never pursued my childhood dream of studying medicine.

Now, I am 25, and am aiming to enrol in studying medicine over the next couple of years through the GAMSAT route. I know that this is achievable for me personally, but before I commit I wanted to check:

In terms of having a successful career, and not desperately playing catch up to people who started nearly a decade before me, is it realistically too late for me to enter the game?
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Through self-doubt, bad studying habits and personal life circumstances I never pursued my childhood dream of studying medicine.

Now, I am 25, and am aiming to enrol in studying medicine over the next couple of years through the GAMSAT route. I know that this is achievable for me personally, but before I commit I wanted to check:

In terms of having a successful career, and not desperately playing catch up to people who started nearly a decade before me, is it realistically too late for me to enter the game?
No, it is not too late.
Post on here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4678924
and the lovely GEM crew (who by definition are mature applicants) will reassure you that they are mostly similarly aged, and all have much to offer to the NHS
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Medicine is such a hard course and a lifelong commitment. If you're reasons for doing medicine are pure and you have the ability to pursue it then it is never too late. The only problems I see you running in to are: unpaid studying until the age of 31, this can be tough and depends on how established you're life is so far; taking orders during placements from people younger than you, this has its own problems but these are problems you can look past. I would say go for it if its your dream. Life-long learning only happens in medicine, so if there was a course out there that you were to start late, medicine would not be anywhere near the worst ones.
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p.s. I am a 18-year old medical applicant, this is just how I see the situation.
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Medicine is such a hard course and a lifelong commitment. If you're reasons for doing medicine are pure and you have the ability to pursue it then it is never too late. The only problems I see you running in to are: unpaid studying until the age of 31, this can be tough and depends on how established you're life is so far; taking orders during placements from people younger than you, this has its own problems but these are problems you can look past. I would say go for it if its your dream. Life-long learning only happens in medicine, so if there was a course out there that you were to start late, medicine would not be anywhere near the worst ones.
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(Original post by humayun.h)
Medicine is such a hard course and a lifelong commitment. If you're reasons for doing medicine are pure and you have the ability to pursue it then it is never too late. The only problems I see you running in to are: unpaid studying until the age of 31, this can be tough and depends on how established you're life is so far; taking orders during placements from people younger than you, this has its own problems but these are problems you can look past. I would say go for it if its your dream. Life-long learning only happens in medicine, so if there was a course out there that you were to start late, medicine would not be anywhere near the worst ones.
I would hope that any medic is going to be happy learning from anybody who has more knowledge and/or experience than you, regardless of age, sex, role, whatever. I learn loads from Nurses, Physios, OTs, med students, many of whom are younger than me.
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I learn loads from...med students
Oh wow, at least we have some use

But in all seriousness, I agree completely with your post.
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Oh wow, at least we have some use

But in all seriousness, I agree completely with your post.
Lots of uses! I train mine to make coffee, do the butty and cake run, peel my grapes and turn the pages on my magazines!
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I completely agree, I was just illuminating potential issues I could think of.
(Original post by GANFYD)
I would hope that any medic is going to be happy learning from anybody who has more knowledge and/or experience than you, regardless of age, sex, role, whatever. I learn loads from Nurses, Physios, OTs, med students, many of whom are younger than me.
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Wow OP's thread got derailed.

I don't personally know much about medicine, but a former colleague at the café I worked at started training to be a doctor at 32. We're not great friends but keep in touch via Facebook etc. She was not a graduate, so she took an access course, followed by a foundation year, then the usual 5 year degree and is now a junior doctor. I believe she originally wanted to become a GP but now wants to specialise within oncology and continue working in hospitals. In short, she's been very successful academically.

Also, if you're worried about age discrimination, at 25 you're not really an outlier and you'll have decades of working life ahead of you.
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Not too old at all. In fact on a GEM course you probably wouldn’t be much older than average (it tends to be mid-20s-ish)

I’m 30 and hold two offers for 2019 entry and know of loads of people older than me who have been successful.

So if it’s what you want to do, go for it 🙂
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Through self-doubt, bad studying habits and personal life circumstances I never pursued my childhood dream of studying medicine.

Now, I am 25, and am aiming to enrol in studying medicine over the next couple of years through the GAMSAT route. I know that this is achievable for me personally, but before I commit I wanted to check:

In terms of having a successful career, and not desperately playing catch up to people who started nearly a decade before me, is it realistically too late for me to enter the game?
No one is too late to start medicine. Listen to the advice of everyone on here and go for it!
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