While you have really good points, I feel that people should probably hear more than just one side to a story. By the time I completed my Biology major at UCLA, I decided that I wasn't really sure if I wanted to go to medical school, but I had plenty of friends who applied and got in to several U.S. medical schools with G.P.A.s and MCAT scores ranging from 2.8-3.7 and 22-31, respectively. A couple of them got into UCLA's med school (one with a 2.8 G.P.A.), Harvard, Yale, etc. Some of them did not major in science (but other majors, like English, Math, Psychology- a B.A. degree, etc) and they got out on time. ON the other hand, because the units were once all screwed up, it was not uncommon for a Science major to take 5 years instead of 4 years to complete his/her degree. Hence, it really is not that difficult to major in a non-science degree and still be premed there, and get out on time. I would lean toward listening to a tried and true formula. Case in point, my ex-boyfriend is in his 2nd year of med school at UCLA, and he majored in math. He loves math, that's what he's good at. So while the classes he took might look like rocket science to another person, he got A's in them because he was good at it, which boosted his G.P.A. On the other hand he could have taken some pointless Botany or Invertebrate class along
with Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Genetics all at the same time. What's the sense in that? Work smart, not hard. As far as foreign medical schools go. It's all in what you make of it. I was once seen by a UCLA intern that finished her medical degree at a Caribbean medical school. She was confident in her medical abilities and I did not question her practice. On that note, if you believe that people are looked down upon for completing their medical degree abroad, you are sadly mistaken. There are so many doctors that are being recruited from overseas (because of a shortage that I am sure you're aware of - being a former premed and all). Obviously they got there education there. And in response to your USMLE pass rate comment: have you checked out each schools pass rate? The school I'm talking about has a high pass rate: I found out b/c I did my research. In addition, many pt.s can question the authority of an Osteopathic Doctor, because it isn't as popular as an M.D. Many M.D.s themselves do not value the DO degree. Hence, it is really important for the individual to determine his/or her goals and values when it comes to there education.
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Uh, msdeeva, I was once pre-med too (at a big-time pre-med college) so I know all about it. The reason most people who apply to med school are bio majors is because you are required to take so many science classes anyway, why not just major in it? It is difficult to major in something else like english, still fit in all the science classes you need (and do well in them), and graduate in 4 years-- that is why admissions committees love those applicants so much. No, you don't have to have phenonemal grades to get accepted (after all, medicine is not rocket science) but a 3.0 from a community college probably won't cut it. My fiance got in an osteopathic med school with a 3.4 GPA, a 25 on the MCAT, and 2 years of experience as an intern in the OR. He was rejected the first time he applied (several people in his class had to apply multiple times). I really would not recommend a foreign med school to anyone (even if there is some school that "caters" to nurses), as foreign med school grads often have a really difficult time passing the USMLE and getting into a U.S. residency program.
The bottom line is, anyone debating between becoming a physician or nurse seriously needs to consider the time committment involved as well as the large differences in roles. A realistic self-evaluation of one's skills as well as one's willingness to make sacrifices is also necessary. Oh, and it's OKAY to change your mind-- I certainly did.