Thirtysomething dropout wants back in...

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  1. Fountainhead

    Fountainhead New Member

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    Hi all, long time lurker etc.

    I got into a London medical school in the nineties with three Bs at A-Level (Maths, Physics and Chem). Preclinical years went well, but upon hitting the wards it all went wrong.

    My parents were in their 40s when I was born, and by the time I was in university had a host of chronic conditions slowing them down. I have no siblings. I was making a 400 mile round trip each weekend to check on them and these weekends got longer and longer to the point that I would regularly attend college three and a half days a week.

    Long story short, not long after my father died I went home to discover my mother unconscious on the kitchen floor with breathing difficulties.

    I didn't formally leave medicine, or fail an exam prompting my expulsion; I just drifted away with nothing to show for it but doctor sized debts on a call-centre income. Up until her passing in late 2006 I acted as primary carer for my mother.

    A decade later I miss it.
    The flatmates that I used to best at exams are now specialist registrars and GPs.

    I wouldn't know where to begin on re-applying, or even if I've got a shot, but would welcome some advice nonetheless.
     
  2. yazoo

    yazoo New Member

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    Hello long-time lurker!

    You applied successfully for a vocational degree and did well in exams. You were young and drifted away for family reasons - and I'm sure you are glad that you placed your priorities where you did. Even if you still want to be a Dr.

    Go speak to the admissions officers (the medically qualified ones) and ask what you need to do. Meantime, get some up-to-date voluntary and shadowing experience - hopefully quite easy wth your contacts.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Fountainhead

    Fountainhead New Member

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    Thanks. That's kinda the strategy I was thinking, so it's nice to have someone in the know to confirm it.

    I guess I'll stick around now and annoy the hell out of everyone with more questions!
     
  4. TheAssuring

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    Just wanted to say, from your history, I honestly believe I'd be honoured to have someone like you as my doctor. It sounds like it is the perfect field for you and that you have more than a shot. You'd probably be able to go into a four year grad entry med course. Good luck! xxx
     
  5. ghettofabulous

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    If you've already done all of the pre-clinical stuff, perhaps maybe you could start again on a 4 year course? E-mail admissions tutors (especially the one at your old medical school). Best of luck, I'm sure you'll do grand.
     
  6. Bubblez.MD

    Bubblez.MD New Member

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    Fountainhead!

    You're an amazing person! That really is dedication to your parents. I would start off firstly by giving a few med schools a ring and checking out your options and then proceeding from there. I'm sure you'll have no difficulty getting back in! I know exactly how you feel on the weekend thing. During my degree I travelled home to London from Uni in Birmingham every weekend to check on my mum - who suffers from depression and anxiety, so I know all of the difficulties that can come with situations like this. Hope all goes well for you and keep us updated. x
     
  7. Fountainhead

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    Thanks guys.

    Your replies have made me feel something that I haven't felt for a very, very long time: optimistic.
     
  8. Fountainhead

    Fountainhead New Member

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    BUMP!
    This week I received offers from King's and Warwick.
    In the interim I worked in call centres, avoided bailiffs, struggled with bills had to go back to do a Mickey Mouse university to do a Mickey Mouse undergraduate degree, worked a few thousand hours as a healthcare assistant, and got frightened out of applying for a few years by the daunting nature of the GAMSAT and my inability to wrap my head around Abstract Reasoning.
    I'm in my forties now, and while not everyone can avoid the distractions of day to day life to keep their eye on the prize, for anyone feeling despondent, it is is possible.
     
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  9. melika1990

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    Well done, I'm very happy for you. May I ask how did you study for GAMSAT? All the best
     

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