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Transitioning from a nurse to an MD [Apr. 2nd, 2007|06:54 pm]
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I assume most of you folks are either in the process of taking MCAT or have taken it already. I was curious to ask a few things, and searching on the internet seems to be difficult. How easy is it for a nurse to enter medical school? I've always wanted to be a doctor, and although I love nursing, I find myself wanting to be an OB/GYN the more I'm on my unit. I'd love to be able to do such a transition but I've been told that with becoming an MD, there is a certain age limit (not sure what that means) and I'm not sure how much school/residency is needed to get done with everything and finally become an OB/GYN. I've got my B.S. in nursing and my GPA was about a 3.2 (yeah sucks). I'm 28 years old and....uuuh that's it. So what advice can you send my way!? Help a sista' out!
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[User Picture]From: maribella_ella
2007-04-03 04:51 pm (UTC)
You may want to try posting this over in premed. I bet you'd get more responses.

I don't really know much about RN to MD, but have you thought about becoming a nurse practitioner? From what I hear, they can do pretty much everything MDs can do, and I'd bet you are already part way there, being a nurse.

Also, you could try making an appointment with a nearby Medical School's Admissions office. I bet they would be willing to talk to you to discuss you options.
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[User Picture]From: rand0m101
2007-05-14 01:54 pm (UTC)
Hello there,

I am an R.N who is currently studying a graduate entry medical degree. I also enjoyed nursing. The fact that you are 28 years old and therefore, possess valuable insight, experience and knowledge revolving around health care, biomedical science and clinically relevant issues will greatly work in your favour. I am a relatively junior nurse compared to you & am finding the transition demanding, but am waiting for the satisfaction that generally accompanies exposure to the real world. Nursing touches on alot of issues, but does not travel to the depth that medicine does. Hence, anticipate that there will still be large volumes of content to be learnt. Essentially, if medicine is your dream (and be certain that it is, because it is undoubtedly a huge, life altering commitment) pursue it, for something that can make you happy and fulfilled is worth the time and energy.

The application process between countries must surely vary. I do not know where you are based and, I'm not sure if this helps, but my G.P.A was 4.5 or 5. something and my total examination (MCAT?) score was 60 something...(sorry it has been a while). Given your history, the interview is where I suspect you will excel. Be confident, assertive, project your critical thinking skills, and remember that no answer is ever wrong, as the interviewers are merely judging your ability to process information, rationalise and formulate an argument supported by logical reasoning. Finally, refine your reasons as to why you want to be a Dr. & believe it...conveying that you want to help people, although it may be the reality (which it was for me), doesn't single you out from the hundreds of other applicants.

I hope this helps. Good Luck!

Cheers,
rand0m101
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