Too late to go to med school?

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Is 38 too late to go to med school? I always wanted to be a doctor and my life to mean something. Have a purpose and such. I am self-employed and the income is stable, but it's boring. I always felt I was put on this earth to do more. Perhaps not, but who knows. I do know that several medical schools in NYC will offer free tuition if I become a GP. I can consider specializing later. My brain does well with science and math, and it's something I've wanted for decades. I never pursued it because my family didn't think I could do it and financial issues. Well, they've been wrong for most of their decisions, and I've been 50/50 or better.

What does the community think? Is 38 too late to go to med school? Am I wasting time? Is it a fruitless dream?
 
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It's never too late.

If it's what you want to do then go for it. You have purpose and it would mean your life would mean something and your income is stable.
 

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Is 38 too late to go to med school? I always wanted to be a doctor and my life to mean something. Have a purpose and such. I am self-employed and the income is stable, but it's boring. I always felt I was put on this earth to do more. Perhaps not, but who knows. I do know that several medical schools in NYC will offer free tuition if I become a GP. I can consider specializing later. My brain does well with science and math, and it's something I've wanted for decades. I never pursued it because my family didn't think I could do it and financial issues. Well, they've been wrong for most of their decisions, and I've been 50/50 or better.

What does the community think? Is 38 too late to go to med school? Am I wasting time? Is it a fruitless dream?
Do you have an undergraduate degree that is compatible with medical school?

If so, have you registered/passed the MCAT (or whatever the medical test is)?

If the answer to those questions is no, then you are looking at 4 years in school, 4 years in medical school, and 3-7 years residency per Google. That puts you at 51 when you become a doctor. Then add in the costs of it, which I'm assuming you'll have to finance.

I mean, I'll be the wet blanket and say maybe you are too old? Depends on what else is going on in your life. If you're single, go for it. If you have a family, I'd focus on making money now with the training and skills you possess.
 

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If you can avoid a giant, life-crushing debt in this adventure, it is different than most people who have to take out loans, and they are looking at something like a 20 year break even. PA school lacks the long residency, and is more like a 12 to 15 year break even on loan pay back, and by that I mean the point at which your increased salary does more than just make giant loan payments. But good luck getting accepted, it is actually harder than med school due to the huge number of applicants.
 
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I have most of the credits, I would just need to take some pre-med classes and the MCAT. Single and no kids, own business, not hurting for money. NYU and Columbia have grants that cover the tuition for medical school as long as I stay a GP for five years. I live close but also have a building I rent out in the city, so I can crash in one of the apts in Harlem. I just thought it would be something interesting and actually something I'd like to do. My career is fine, but boring. Not really what I wanted to do in life. I enjoyed my previous career earlier, but social media killed it and a company bought us out just to eliminate us as competition. I miss that career, but I wasn't willing to move to California, so I took the money and ran. I've done okay with my new business, just bored since I have employees doing most of the work. I negotiate the service and they take it from there. I am grateful that I am okay financially, but I've always wanted to be a doctor to help people. I don't do debt, so that was a big drawback. Now that obstacle is not in the way, I thought I'd be a decent GP or ER doc.

Still thinking it through. My parents and siblings think I am crazy.
 

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My medical school class has someone in their 40s and about three people in their 30s. NYU tuition is just free now regardless of specialty. There are a lot of scholarships if you just want to do GP regardless of school.
 

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You might want to confirm that those credits you have are current enough as most medical schools require them to be within a certain time line. One word of advice: the health care field is not what it used to be. It will take a full seven years for you to complete all schooling, internship, ect before you can practice. And be aware you will take copious amounts of sh*t from professors, other medical personnel, and fellow interns. It is not fun. And you need to swallow it or you will be gone! Once you complete all the training you can figure on earning somewhere south of 6 figures initially, unless you are a specialist, which requires additional time and training. That all said, if that is your dream go for it and don't look back!! Just go into this with a large dose of reality. Good luck!!
 
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Yep I will. I am sure there's a few things I need to take. I have an MBA, but I do not think any of those courses will help for pre-med.
 
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I would say 38 is when you should do what you want to do instead of what society or your family tells you to do. You've already payed your dues. You're a grown ass man. You don't need anyone's approval.
 
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