Hi! I've posted this also on the General Discussion Forum, so sorry if it's a repeat for some folks!
I'm currently applying for med school admissions in fall 2003. If accepted, I will start school as a 29-year-old. I have spent a few years working in Japan and in California in a number of fields including film, teaching, and marketing, and I'm returning to my original passion of medicine. I am not yet married and do not yet have kids, but I do hope to someday. I've heard that residency is tough, so I've been thinking of postponing kids until after that, when I will be 35/36! Would this be the best route, or might I be able to hack it in residency? I do hope to spend time raising my kids rather than sending them to daycare all day, but I am concerned for the health of my babies if I have them at an older age. I'd love to hear any feedback from MomMDs out there with advice!
I have had three children and am a neurologist in private practice. I had one in residency, one in fellowship, and one once I got out into private practice. I had more support and more time off during my residency and fellowship than I ever got while an attending. It is tiring to have kids and be in training but it can be done. I say "Go for it!". Let me know if you want more info.
Thanks so much for your reply! I was surprised to hear that you had more time in residency/fellowship than after. I am not very familiar with fellowships: are they structured similar to residencies with more specific focus, or does it depend? What are the advantages to doing one?
Sounds like you've done what I aspire to do--I'm excited for the possibilities that lay ahead! Thanks again.
Fellowship is subspecialty training that you can do after residency to further specialize in your field. In my case I did neurophysiology, a one year fellowship, after I finished my neurology residency. It can sometimes make you more marketable.
Glad you are enthusiastic about the possibilites that lie ahead of you.