Update Aug 2016: This was my little blog describing my experiences as a mature / non-traditional medical student. I graduated so probably won’t continue to actively update this blog but I do try to answer any questions. Thanks for visiting.
Hello! I’m a
1st 2nd 3rd 4th final year, 40+ year old medical student.
I’m the ‘mature’ one looking out-of-place in lectures, roaming the hospital appearing more knowledgeable than I actually am. I should have the advantage of ancient wisdom – but instead I’m just ancient.
A good job working with superb people was given up and time will reveal whether I made the right decision. I’m sure there are as yet unseen sacrifices. One certainty is that doing nothing results in the same. If I hadn’t applied to medical school, I’d be wondering: “What if?” Delay only reduced my chances of getting in and diminished the years left to practice. So with a passion to chase, a leap of faith and no safety net, I jumped…
There were countless hoops to wriggle through and applying to medical school alone would need a blog in itself. So far, it has all been worth it and it has been a fulfilling experience. From initial uncertainty, getting accepted, passing
the first two three four years of medical school, seeing, learning and doing some incredible things I’d never ordinarily have been able to do, meeting world-class doctors, surgeons and some extraordinary patients and best of all making some amazing friends and classmates.
But I’m still at base camp of a mammoth mountain. Looking up I think I can see a summit when the clouds momentarily part, but only if I squint – or put on my bi-focals.
Med-School Latecomer – back of the class, 20 years late