Dear Mothers in Medicine,
I found your blog about three days ago and it is just what I needed. It is like I placed a special order with the blog gods. Thank you all for your humor, insight, and honesty.
What brought me to the site originally was MomTFH's guest post about med school with kids. What I read spoke right to me.
I am a single mother of a beautiful, charming, sweet 15-month-old daughter and I would really like to start med school in the fall of 2011. Last year I applied to the one med school in my state, but just as MomTFH said, I entered the application process woefully unprepared and blew my application because of stupid stuff (and attended my interview 38 weeks pregnant which certainly made me stick out like a sore thumb).
Now I'm ready to get serious about applying for the fall of 2011, but I'm still woefully uninformed. I have good undergrad grades (3.96 GPA), good MCAT scores (35Q), a strong research background with a research-based MS from the University of Michigan, and I ran varsity track & CC in college, but I've never been part of the pre-med world and I have no idea what I should do or know to be prepared. At the time of my interview I felt like such an outsider and I still feel like an outsider. What do I need to do to be in the know? I volunteer weekly at a Children's Hospital, but what else should I be doing to prepare myself to apply and for any interviews that may come my way? (I do work though, so I don't have TONS of time at my disposal).
Also, sorry to trouble you, but I have a second question: I may not be able to fully grasp the depths of difficulty that come with attending medical school and doing a residency with a child, but I can certainly imagine. (Luckily if I am able to get in and go, I will probably have a lot of help from my family.) I also understand that there is a lot about being a doctor today that is no picnic. I think it is only sensible to do this if I am fairly certain that I will be passionate about medicine and being a doctor. Can you make some suggestions as to what I could do to get a good idea about that?
Thank you so much for your time!