In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Ben Abney, a true nontraditional medical student who sent in a 4,000+-word email titled How a 38-Year Old Active Duty Applicant with a Family and Average Scores Got into Medical School, with the hope to help other people who may also find themselves in a similar situation.
Listen closely to this episode and learn first-hand about Ben’s journey, the things he learned, and his recommendations that might help you in your premed and medical school journey. It’s all about taking that first step!
Here are the highlights of the conversation with Ben:
Ben’s path prior to medical school:
- Joining the navy after graduation and becoming a nuclear power instructor
- Money as a barrier, growing up in a very poor family
Figuring out the next steps: Which resources did he tap into?
- Local medical schools – admissions committees
- Personal physician friends
- Medical school forums
- OldPreMeds.org Conference
Ways to reach out to the schools:
- Go to the site and familiarize yourself about the basic information about the school.
- Email the admissions office and do a quick summary.
- Just show up and meet faces.
During the application process:
- Applying as soon as the AMCAS application cycle opened
- Writing the personal statement and just briefly mentioning the highlights
- Getting his schools to get all of his transcripts to AMCAS as very challenging
Note: Asking for letters of recommendation past April is too late
- Applying to around 15 MD schools
- Got into 7-8 interviews
Some pieces of advice for premed students:
- There is no such thing as safety schools. You can’t only apply to schools that meet numbers.
- Apply early. Apply broadly.
- Dream don’t come true but plans do. So put a plan out there. Take that first step and see if it’s something you like or dread. Start looking at your dream and make it a plan.
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Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.
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