In this episode, Ryan talks with Cain who is not your average nontrad, being academically disqualified from college, taking his undergrad at 38 years old, taking the MCAT late, having less than stellar GPA, and yet, he got interviews to medical schools and has now been accepted to University of Central Florida where he will begin his medical school journey at 42 years old.
Listen in as Cain shares with us his interesting journey, going to college with his son and taking the same classes, leaving his engineering career over medical school, and finally getting the acceptance that he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
Here are the highlights of the conversation with Cain:
Cain’s career before the medical path:
- Getting admissed in college when he was 19 years old
- Initially getting his degree in computer science
- Working as an engineer for more than 15 years
- Getting laid off and demoted
- Working his way back up
His aha! moment of wanting to be a physician:
- His wife initially giving him the idea
- Seeing the whole picture of using knowledge and science to help people in many different ways
Resources he tapped into to gather information:
Choosing his undergrad:
- Getting rejected at University of South Florida
- Going back to school at 38 years old
- Signing up for community college classes
- Taking the classes with his son at the community college
- Getting A’s and reapplying to USF
Being an “older” undergrad student:
- Looking at you with a high level of respect
- Feeling scared and thinking that younger minds have stronger minds
- Getting unconditional support from his wife
- Coming across a lot of doubters
His shadowing experience:
- Meeting a kid at his workplace whose uncle is a doctor
- Meeting up with the doctor and allowing him to shadow him twice a month for 6 months
- The doctor testing his resolve and pimping him yet giving him the opportunity to shadow
Taking the MCAT and applying to medical school:
- Applying early but taking the MCAT late (school’s not looking at your application until later)
- Being focused to get it done and getting a 513 on the MCAT
- GPA from 2.59 to 3.29
- Applying to 5 state schools
The interview process:
- Getting help from Ryan for a mock interview prep
- Interview questions were focused on who he was
- Being a resident of your state as a big advantage
Getting acceptance to medical school:
- Going to the University of Central Florida
- Seeing that the school was the exact fit for him
- Initially at the bottom of his list but later moved to the top
Factors for picking your medical school:
- Research the website
- Performance of the class
- Overall look at the admission process
- Contacting the school, getting their literature, and seeing the presentation ahead of time
Some pieces of advice for other older aspiring medical students:
- Be careful about whose advice you take.
- Have the drive to do it. If you struggle academically, you have an opportunity to be the Cinderella story. And that will set you apart from other typical medical students.
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