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  1. #1
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    Default Studying Medicine?

    This might be a little left field, but I'll take my chances!

    Are there any hubbers, especially with children, studying medicine?

    I've always wanted to become a doctor - since the age of 5! It's the only single career option that I felt so strongly about growing up. I ended up applying for Medicine 3 times (doing either the UMAT or GAMSAT exams get it). On the third go, I barely just missed getting an interview opportunity, and after that, I gave up my dream, and decided to pursue a different education path. This was over 7 years ago, and since then I went on to do a Masters in Health, get married and have kids. I thought having children and becoming a SAHM would make me forget the dream of studying med, but now the pull to do it is even greater.

    I'm starting to dip my toes into the water now and do a bit of light research into my options of doing it. Living in the UK aside (which I know is different to studying in Australia) I'm only 28, and know that my child making days are over now. There is an 18 month age gap between my children, so I know I have the advantage that by the time I'm 30 (roughly around the time I want to start studying), I will have a 4 year old and 2.5 year old.

    I just wanted to post a shout out to anyone who was willing to share their experiences as an older student? How have you been finding it, especially if it;s been several years since you last studied? How do you juggle the family/study balance, considering Medicine is a very demanding course!

    Any thoughts or input would be very very appreciated!!!

  2. #2
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    Aug 2011
    Highly recommend you read the blog 'Mothers in Medicine'. It's writen by a lot of mothers who are doctors or medicine students.

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  4. #3
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    Jul 2010

    I'm in a similar situation. I have 3 children and am hoping to study grad-entry med in the next few years. I applied last year but missed out, so am re-applying this year (and the year after, and how ever long it takes, I guess!)

    I've found the paging doctor forum to be useful in regards to getting an idea of studying med as a Mum. There are a few Mums and dads on there.
    I think there is a similar forum for the UK.

    This article is really inspiring too. It's about a Mum of four who is studying medicine at University of Wollongong.

    Are you going to be studying in the UK or are you planning on moving back to Australia to study?

  5. #4
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    Sep 2007
    Perth WA
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    I'm hoping to study medicine in a couple of years. I was going to post same question so I will be having a look at the links above. I'm glad I'm not the only person with kids wanting to study medicine, most people think I'm crazy.


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