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May 8, 2015 - 5:28pm

Congrats on the med school acceptance. I just graduated with all my prereqs done to take the MCAT. And I also went to a big non target. I majored in business though and have been trying to break into banking.

  1. How did medical schools view your stint in banking?
  2. How many gap years did you take?
  3. If you don't mind me asking, MD or DO?
  4. How many years do you think I have post graduation before adcoms view my grades as irrelevant?
  5. What made you switch paths, an did you go postbacc or masters or did you already have the prereqs?

I'm pretty excited to hear from somebody who actually is in an extremely similar position.

The thing is, I feel like med schools won't judge my non target as harsh as banks will.

Thanks for the post though

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Jun 4, 2015 - 8:51pm

Breadwinner, good to hear from you.

  1. How did medical schools view your stint in banking?
    Most were indifferent. Some of the more prestigious schools seemed to appreciate it more. Doctors are so deep in the medical rabbit hole, the Goldman wow-factor was a 0 for a lot of them.

  2. How many gap years did you take?
    2 year gap.

  3. If you don't mind me asking, MD or DO?
    MD, top 20 school.

  4. How many years do you think I have post graduation before adcoms view my grades as irrelevant?
    My understanding is that the grades are forever unless you do a post-bacc / masters. Maybe they put less emphasis on them 4-5 years out as you've defined yourself by your career. But in general, MCAT + GPA are the biggest factors of selection, no matter the age. That being said, a ton of my classmates did postbacc and the adcoms seemed to overlook poor undergraduate grades.

  5. What made you switch paths, an did you go postbacc or masters or did you already have the prereqs?
    I switched paths because I really didn't see myself appreciating the same things my colleagues and superiors did. My friends in banking really looked up to their VP / MDs, coveted the possible PE opportunities, loved big spending nights out in NYC, and thought deeply about the businesses in their deals. I intellectually understood why my friends liked these things, but didn't want them myself. I want to emphasize that I don't think I'm better than any part of banking culture. It just wasn't as interesting or motivating to me as it was for my friends. Medical culture has it's own hierarchical quirks, idiosyncrasies, and excesses. They just fit me better.

I did not do postbacc or masters. I'd done most of my requirements in undergrad. I finished the last few through extension.

Jun 7, 2015 - 12:29am

Nice, congrats on getting in. I feel like it's great to take some gap years and save a bit of cash for expenses anyway. I just graduated and I'm at a BB in the BO but it's actually an interesting job. I might end up taking the mcat and jumping ship since all my prereqs are done.

The thing is I have no clinical/volunteer work and not so much time but did the schools take into consideration that you were working? How many volunteer or clinical hours did you have?

Also, did you go to a prestigious undergrad, and do you think schools care about undergrad brand? (I see the post says "state school" but there are definitely some solid state programs out there, especially in the sciences)

Thanks a lot for the info

Jun 8, 2015 - 4:06pm
  1. The thing is I have no clinical/volunteer work and not so much time but did the schools take into consideration that you were working? How many volunteer or clinical hours did you have?
    I would not apply without significant clinical / volunteer experience. The quality doesn't seem as important as just logging time in a hospital setting. It's a "check-mark" requirement: having it won't really help you, but not having it will destroy you. I had 10-20 shadows, 1 year of research experience, and 2 year of volunteering experience.

  2. Also, did you go to a prestigious undergrad, and do you think schools care about undergrad brand? (I see the post says "state school" but there are definitely some solid state programs out there, especially in the sciences)
    I did not go to a prestigious undergrad. You've definitely heard of it, but not one people associate with academic excellence. I got the sense that the private medical schools cared far more about undergrad brand. The good news is that in sciences, a number of large public schools have better medical schools depending on your career interest.

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Jun 7, 2015 - 12:13pm

Hey, if you're willing to briefly run through your story from going from a state school to GS, I'd love to hear your story. I just finished my freshman year at a large state school on the East Coast and I'm looking to learn more about people's different experiences.

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