Med School for Older Adults?

Question: Are there any programs out there for older adults to go to medical school?

Yes, there are indeed programs for older aspiring doctors. Try this site for some general information and links to other resources:

http://www.cs.umbc.edu/~mikeg/medwhere.html

One of the pages you can reach from that site is this one:

http://home.gwu.edu/~grasso/ntmed/medlinks.html

Scroll to the bottom for a list of institutions cited as being especially non-trad friendly.

If you haven’t fulfilled pre-med requirements and are currently not in college (or you are about to graduate without all the typical pre-med prerequisites under your belt), you can visit this site to learn about colleges that offer special pre-med “tune-up” programs:

http://services.aamc.org/postbac/

Here are a few articles you might enjoy reading and find inspirational:

http://career.ucla.edu/SpecialNotices/ItsNeverTooLate.asp

http://www.newsroom.msu.edu/site/indexer/751/content.htm

http://www.mommd.com/nontrad.shtml

For decades I have been an avid “Dear Abby” reader (a closet habit until recently). One of my all-time favorite columns was about an older student who wanted to attend medical school. I can’t recall the particulars (i.e., the exact wording or age noted) but it went something like this:

Dear Abby,

I am 44 years old and have always wanted to be a doctor. Until now, my life circumstances didn’t permit it, but if I try to get to medical school, I won’t be a doctor for at least six years and by then I will be 50. What should I do?”

Abby sagely replied, “In six years you will be 50 anyway. You might as well be a 50-year-old doctor and fulfill your dream.”

Good advice, eh? And good luck to you.