[quote=Papadoc]If you really wanted to go to a medical school then try D.O programs.
*** I am no longer interested in going to medical school. I was at one time, I even applied right after I got out of the army. I even interviewed at 3 schools. One I have no idea why I wasn't accepted, one rejected me becuase of my GPA and MCAt scores (mine were slightly lower than the average of those accepted) and one I know for certain (thanks to the honesty of the program director) I was rejected due to the nature of my army service. Now that I have several docs as friends and fishing/hunting buddies and have worked with many as a nurse I have lost all interest in medical school. My friends who are docs mostly advise me that going to CRNA school would be a much better fit for me, but thanks for the tip.
They favor nontrad applicants a lot. Also don't dismiss Caribbean as an option. schools like SGU, ROSS, SABA, AUC whose graduates can practice in all 50 States will get you there. Schools that are coming along nicely, but no California approval yet (meaning you can't practice there) are MUA Nevis,
St. Matthews, St.James. Check out www.valuemd.com
for more info.
*** As I pointed out above the MD/DO life and work style no longer appeal to me. I am now much more interested in advanced practice nursing (CRNA or FNP) as a better fit for my family and I.
I also now realize that the type of practice I would be interested in (family/general in very rural remote areas) doesn't pay nearly as much as I thought it did. The two CRNAs that work at the local rural hospital make quite a bit more money than the family practice docs (but less than the surgons) at the same hospital.
There are lots of nurses that have the desire and ability to be great primary care providers as NPs that have zero desire to go to medical school or be docs.
There are some docs that see advanced practice nurses as threats. This seems silly to me but I have to wonder why none of those docs choose to pratice in the areas (rural/wilderness/inner-city) where NPs are in such demand?