October 18, 2011 5:41 am at 5:41 am #600019always runs with scissors fastParticipant
I want to be a doctor. But I am nearly 40 years old and too heimishe and have too many kids. Do you think I can do it? I want to be an ob/gyn. I love medicine.October 18, 2011 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm #821359taking a breakMember
If you like the ob/gyn portion why don’t you become a CNM- a certified nurse midwife. It’s a masters in nursing, with your focus being midwifery instead of education persay. O get there though you are going to need an RN-BSN first though.October 18, 2011 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #8213602scentsParticipant
What do you mean by loving medicine? Are you familiar with with the health care field that you can make such a statement?
I am sure there is a lot of hardship a) untill you can actually practice medicine. B) and when you finnaly become a doc, there is a huge amount of resonsibility associated.October 18, 2011 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #821361optimusprimeMember
Perhaps an ob/gyn specialty in a medical field will suffice. This can be done as a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant.October 18, 2011 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm #821362zahavasdadParticipant
You have to go to college first and take the pre-requesits and then go to Med School for 4 years and THEN be a resident , its hard to be a resident and not work on ShabbosOctober 18, 2011 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #821363600 Kilo BearMember
Because of screwy insurance reimbursements, you will probably do better as a nurse practitioner or PA than as a doctor, especially at your stage in life.October 18, 2011 3:37 pm at 3:37 pm #821364popa_bar_abbaParticipant
If you want to do it, do it.
You will need to have the prerequisites for medical school.
Then you will probably spend this year studying for the MCAT, and take it in spring.
You would then apply to begin in fall of 2013.
Medical school is 4 years.
Then you will do an internship for a year.
Then you will a residency which is between 3 and 7 years.
So you are talking 10-14 years from now.October 18, 2011 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm #821365yummy cupcakeMember
i am going to interrupt for a second. i am sorry this has nothing to do with the topic at hand. always runs- i know you didn’t mean it that way but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NEVER NEVER NEVER say that you have too many kids. i know you didnt mean it to sound like that, but i don’t want the sattan getting involved here chas v’shalom. it just bothers me when ppl say things like this. my family even knows i will throw a hissy fit when someone says something of the sort. that is just the way i am. please be careful. thanks!October 18, 2011 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #821366akupermaParticipant
While it is illegal, medical schools tend to discriminate against older students. The fact that it take a long time (probably two years for basic undergraduate science courses assuming you have atg least some sort of undergraduate degreee, then four years of medical school, then residency) makes them reluctant for a new student who won’t start professional life until retirement age.
Consider fields other than a MD (RN is the professional that requires the least time). PA a bit more.October 18, 2011 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #821367smartcookieMember
I don’t know the first thing about medical school, but I have used an OB group with “heimishe woman drs”.
They have families of kids and are great obstetricians too!October 18, 2011 6:41 pm at 6:41 pm #821368mommamia22Participant
You’re going to age anyway. Why not do what you want?
If you can make it in, I say go for it.
If not, you’ll have already achieved the prerequisites to apply for another health profession (nursing, PA, etc).
Besides, you don’t have to wait the full 10-14 years to begin getting paid. True, you might not see the full extent of your salary until later, however, if I’m correct, you will still get paid while doing your internship and residency.
More so, you’ll have a great chance of having a great profession in which you can work independently and long term.
The only obstacle that I see is that you said you have many children. You need to have a very concrete plan of how you are going to raise them during your years of study, which can be very time consuming. My aunt studied law when her kids were in high school, and I don’t think she has one ounce of regret. They were older, though, and able to care for themselves. I think you should speak with other women with children who went to medical school. They can give you a better picture of what to expect and how it can be done.October 18, 2011 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #821369always runs with scissors fastParticipant
akuperman, I guess its like hearing a well seasoned professional, educated and successful in their field, who is still single and had had no children at 40 asking “Do you think its too late to still marry and stay home to start being a heimishe mommy”. Like I have succeeded in my line of work. and the two worlds rarely mix. I just have this fantasy and obsession with the medical world.October 18, 2011 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm #821370ToiParticipant
i want to point out. when i was young i had a full time mother. a few yaers ago my mother started workin 8-6. my younger brothers arwe growing up without their mother there for them after school and on sundays, and its nikar. please please cheshbon your children if they are younger.October 27, 2011 5:33 pm at 5:33 pm #821371HealthParticipant
akuperma -“While it is illegal, medical schools tend to discriminate against older students. The fact that it take a long time (probably two years for basic undergraduate science courses assuming you have atg least some sort of undergraduate degreee, then four years of medical school, then residency) makes them reluctant for a new student who won’t start professional life until retirement age.”
I’m in the medical field and went back to school a few years ago -started older than her.
I’d like to know where you got your fact of “medical schools tend to discriminate against older students”?
Perhaps you are confusing general discrimination with age?
Medical schools in general like to discriminate against e/o.
After you finish your 4 degree and with the type of sciences that they like and with the Mcat (preferably) and then you submit everything -they tend to delay most students around a year before acceptance. The top notch schools are very picky. But being a good practioner has to do with you, not where you went to school.October 27, 2011 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm #821372Pashuteh YidMember
Give it your best shot, and the RBSH should help. Do not listen to people who say you cannot fulfill your dreams. You will be very unhappy later in life if you don’t try.
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