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Anyone consider the journey to apply to PA or med school as a nontrad applicant with zero prereqs fulfilled? Anyone execute? How was your journey? Worth it? Any workarounds to the pre-reqs?

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The MCAT is grueling - a decent ish score is necessary these days, even for new DO programs; schools generally won’t wave the pre reqs, and some are a complete pain, such as physics,bio, and chem/ochem lab Just about every recent grad doctor I’ve met said “don’t do it” If you really want to, and have the money to live comfortably, I’d say why not If you’re changing professions, And want to take care of patients in general, that 2.5 year PA route may be much better, GRE is cake compared to the MCAT

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You can't waive the prereqs - primarily because you will be taking basic sciences at an accelerated rate (cover a semester's worth in a month + other courses) in med school to "review" before you dive into the real clinical coursework. Everything you learn builds upon previous coursework so you need a solid foundation going in - this is what your science GPA and MCAT aim to demonstrate

Before thinking PA, read r/noctor

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Yes, 24 and in the process of applying to post-bacc programs. Take what recently graduated doctors say with a grain of salt. From my experience, they are all in the “grass is greener” camp thinking that they would have become CEOs, make 500k annually, and drive Ferraris by then

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