Do you wonder if you are the only crazy person considering medicine as a career? Well, MomMD gets thousands of visitors per month, many of whom are just like you! Here are the bios and personal stories of some of these women!
Can an RN become a doctor?
"I am a 25 year old nurse (RN) and I would like to follow my dream of becoming a physician. I hope to be starting a family in the next 5-6 years and I'm interested in learning how other women balance medical school and family." MW, 25
Caregiver of sick father
"While I'm not a parent or at present contemplating becoming one, I'm in a parent/child role reversal situation. My father had a severe stroke 2 years ago, and although he's in a nursing home, my daily routine is very much that of a caregiver trying to balance work, home life and being a part of his daily life. Being the only immediate family member, and having spent a part of each day over this period in either a hospital or nursing home with him, has awakened in me the desire to pursue a medical career, which I long ago tabled for a more practical career in business. Part of my reason for deciding against medical school was also my belief that I couldn't deal with the difficult emotional situations, as well as the medical procedures. Now, it has become routine in my own little way, and I realize that I was considerably stronger than I gave myself credit for as a teenager pondering her future. It may be several years before I can financially consider going back to school, but I am trying to learn as much as possible about what I would be faced with, to see if it is possible at this stage in my life. My biggest concern now is the time it would take away from being able to visit him, and maintain some semblance of the routine that has become so important to him." CJ
33 year old, medicine is her vocation
"I have been told by many people that I should be a doctor. I have always felt that I should be, but now that I am 33, and have a good job (that I never thought I would stay at because when I started it I was hunting for a neuroscience research position)and a house, etc., I feel like becoming a doctor is a pie-in-the sky dream, and my reality is this job. It is a JOB , but I feel (and have been told by other physicians) that medicine is my VOCATION. I just need to be mentored or encouraged by someone else who has been in my shoes." KE, 33, mother of one
21 year-old mother of one in community college
"I have always been interested in the medical profession and am intent on accomplishing my goal to be a doctor. I am in a community college now because of my set backs and because of my 11-month old son. I haven't found really good, effective advisor about the whole medical school application and what classes are the main focus for the MCATs. I believe that this site will help in the aforementioned areas and also give me opinions and advice from the mother's point-of-view." SA, 21, mother of one
Future Family Nurse Practioner thinking of medical school, 31 with two kids
"In graduate school to become a family nurse practitioner still have this fervor to practice medicine as a family physician in underserved areas, but not sure whether I will be sacrificing my children or whether I should embark upon this rigorous endeavor. I'm planning to go for my doctorates after grad school, but I keep asking myself why not med school. It will take the same amount of time and I will be doing what I really want." TM, 31, mother of 2
Young single mom divorcee
"All my life I've wanted to study medicine, but I quit college because I got married young and had an unplanned pregnancy. I am now separated w/ a 4 year old, whom I LOVE dearly, to take care of and am hoping that my dream can still come true. Is there any hope? Stumbling across this web site is giving me some hope." DD, 23, mother of one
Wants medical career and children
"I am currently seeking a 2nd bachelors degree. I find this website very encouraging. I feel the reason it has taken me so long to commit to a career in medicine is because of figuring out when and how children would fit into medical school, residency, etc. My husband is very supportive and wants me to pursue whatever I want. It is encouraging to know that there are women who have children and a career in medicine." JT, 29
32 year-old marketing professional with baby
"I'm a married, 32-year-old mother of a 3 month old, and freelance writer/marketing consultant. I have a Bachelor of Journalism from the University..., and a Master of Arts in Marketing from ... University. I've been working in marketing communications for the past ten years, but have not been satisfied with my chosen career. I felt that communications was not my "calling," even though I was very good at what I did. I wasn't worried, though. I knew deep down that when the time was right, I'd know what my vocation would be. To compensate, I've spent a significant amount of time volunteering. A lot of little things throughout the years have hinted toward medicine as a career, but the recent birth of my son really opened my eyes and pointed me in that direction. So, I am now starting to investigate the possibilities. I'm definitely at the "tip of the iceberg" in this whole process. Over the next several months I plan on volunteering at a local hospital, speaking with physicians about their profession, possibly "shadowing" some physicians (although I don't exactly know how to go about doing this), and speaking with a pre-med. advisor (I need all of the science pre-reqs) and a med. school admissions representative. Because of the sacrifices involved, I feel I need to take a well thought out and extremely realistic approach to making sure this is really what I want to do and figuring out if it is really possible." C, 32, mother of one
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