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5 years in consulting and just got accepted into medical school! This will be one hell of a career change 😅

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Five years getting paid for five years not get paid... going to be a hell of a life change!!

That being said, congrats... huge accomplishment and the start to an awesome career. I was on the cusp of doing this myself and just felt a bit too far from my why by the time I made the decision

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Congrats on the move! I am on the opposite side of you. I left med school to enter tech consulting. Allow me to give you some insights on why I left the medical field. Full disclaimer, I do not think you should abandon your efforts off anything I or anyone else says.. Just want you to fend off the “grass is greener on the other side” notion. Your path ahead will surely be difficult, but I m confident you can succeed.
I began my medical experience in the military as a special operations medic. I did that for 6 years. I joined as a medic because I have a compassionate background. I enjoy helping others, especially when they need it the most. The gratitude is beyond satisfying.
I exited the military and abandoned the medical profession after obtaining my degree (3.9 GPA) but before pursuing med school.

Why? We did a lot of civilian training when we were stateside, which included trauma medicine in the ER and ambulance runs every 4th day... What broke me was the amount of people that refused to do everything they could to help themselves. They refused to let me/us help them. I wanted them to get better so bad, but they just refused to put in the effort. They wanted a magical pill or wanted doctors to just make things better, but they refused to put in the work.
This may come as a culture shock to you, especially after 5 years in consulting. You will be used to being surrounded by individuals who want the very best for themselves and for their clients. They have drive, ambition, and motivation.
You need to be prepared to deal with people who have none of that and put all their expectations on your shoulders. It is awesome when it works out, but many times it will not. Its just the nature of the beast. Do not let it get to you. If you do, you will need to exit the profession, as I did.
It was just too much and it hurt me to not see some people get better. In the military it was so easy to order someone to do something (stretches, etc) to get better, but in our society, that mentality is simply not there. “Shut up and give me a pill”.

Again, I know you can succeed, and there will be real impact you can make and the gratitude is amazing, however, don’t expect it to be all gum drops and rainbows, because you will be gravely mistaken. Imagine in this realm, you spend extra time working on a solution for a client and after you finally present it to them in a formal setting, they shrug it off and call you an idiot... now multiply that times 10.

On the other hand, imagine around the holiday season you receive some holiday cards thanking you for helping them or their families. Very rewarding indeed.

Be ready for these highs and lows. It comes with the territory.

Either way, happy to connect you with some high level resources if you want to get more opinions. Let me know here and Ill hit up a burner account.
Best of luck! You will definitely succeed if you want to!

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Congratulations!

Go forth and make real human impact 👍

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Chemical engineering with a concentration and research in genetic + cell engineering

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Well don’t exactly. You know. Knock em dead. Ya know what I mean

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Thanks everyone ☺️. I’ve been trying to get onto healthcare projects for so long, said eff it and decided to go straight to the source.

K2, in Texas. I’m thinking of adding on an MPH as I do want to get into public health more, but I got to be wary about how long all this will take (I’ll be 28 when I start in the summer)

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See you at the other side of the tunnel. Will develop strategies for Pharma to target you and make you write their products.

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I won’t accept patients unless they present their symptoms in a ppt

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Get ready to eat your hours for a worthy cause. Good on you!

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D3, thankfully in-state Texas tuition for med school is relatively cheap (probably 80-100k in total) and I already have saved about 75% of that amount. So the financial burden shouldn’t be too bad. I’ll probably have my girlfriend pitch in the remaining 25% so I wouldn’t have to take out loans.

Also never too late for what you’re passionate for. Go for it

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That’s awesome OP! Don’t worry about your age in med school, my gf has classmates that range from 22-45 in her med school.

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Congrats!! Where will you be going? I'm thinking of getting an MHA to be a hospital admin, lot's of research in progress

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My older bro started med school at the same age OP. Crushed it in Medical school and is now crushing it in his residency. He thinks his experience and maturity gave him a huge leg up compared to younger students

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Good for you. Outstanding. Beyond awesome. Best wishes!

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Not sure the firm covers that...😛

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Congrats! Left consulting last year and am 6months in. The school work sucks compared to any hell project but will hopefully be worth it

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Patient: blah blah are my symptoms. What's wrong with me?
Consultant aka Doc : Well it depends!

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OP; would you mind walking us through your journey from Consultant to medical school? I'm really curious: did you have to take additional classes to get all the premed requirements done before applying? What was your GPA/MCAT? Do you think your work background helped in getting accepted?

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Genuinely excited for this completely anonymous stranger

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A3, I was lucky in that I was only missing 2 classes, so I took them over 2 semesters semi-online (had to be present for tests). Undergrad GPA was 3.6. MCAT was 32 (on the old scale). I am definitely extremely average for a med school applicant, but I believe my unique work experiences, personal statement, and letters of recommendations pushed me over the edge. It’s all about how you sell your story; similar to b-school

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