perspective wrote:For what it is worth:
I have been accepted into numerous top 10 law schools; however, I might forfeit these options in lieu taking one to two years off preparing for medical school. I have not taken the MCATs, but my science GPA is 3.9.
I will be able to find a job after law school but I believe that, with proper planning, a health professional can enjoy a much better livelihood. There are definitely negatives involved with a health-oriented career choice, but in my situation and with my values a doctor is ideal. I enjoy my free time: many doctors who open their own practices work around 40/week. The security will eliminate a lot of worry from my life. Women dig doctors. And yes, I do legitimately enjoy learning about health and using my knowledge to perform miracles.
Insurance sucks and the path is long, but if the OP believes his life will be best lived by focusing on medicine then forgoing law school is the obvious choice. Make the hard decision because no one else can make it from you.
PS- Doctors still make bank and Obamacare increased the compensation for many primary care physicians. Also, there are many specialties that are not dependent on insurance to function.
1) If you want to be a doctor, you're on the wrong forum.
2) If you want to use your 'knowledge to perform miracles' then you're going to be one of those intolerable holier than thou interns who harm patients and piss off everyone around them.
Amen. I love when the new residents start every july and the M&M rates skyrocket as the ER grinds to a total halt. The new ones look at me like something that crawled out from under their shoe... the look of disgust for my inability to get into med school and remain a paramedic is hilarious. By December they are begging me to give them report in the trauma room.
But that is neither here nor there... To the OP:
Here is my advice, and what I would do in your situation... my apologies if any of this has been covered before.
If you want to be a doc then finish your law school and make sure you make some of your electives MS Bio courses for your 2L and 3L years. Most places will count about 9 credit hours towards your law degree. If anyone asks, tell them you are thinking about patent law. Being a lawyer will impress committees during your interview, I bet, and it certainly wouldn't hurt. You also need to take and own the law thing... admit in your PS and your interview that you made a mistake going to law school, that you really want to be a physician, but that you wanted to complete what you started, because it is important to you to be committed and finished what you started.
Then apply to DO schools. First off, if you ever retook any classes, they will take the higher grade. Even if that doesn't help you, they cater to non-trads. And at the end of 7 to 12 years you will be a practicing physician. Basically no one anymore cares DO/MD anymore... your speciality is all they care about. Even the local MD training hospital has like 9 DOs on staff... training MDs.
With their (DO schools) average MCAT scores being in the 26-29 range, you will impress them with your score. Your 3.0 ain't great, but they have let in people with 2.8s last year (check the AACOM website). And your grad level science work will show them you have improved.
If that still doesn't work, then, and only then, would I bother with a one year special masters program. Finally, check out Student Doctor Network and ask them what they think. You will find they are, surprisingly, even bigger dicks than the people here on TLS, but the DO and Non-Trad forums are pretty nice.