Hi! I graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Biological Engineering. I have now been working in the oil and gas industry for a major oil company for a little over 2 years. I'm always comtemplated whether I should go back to school for medicine, and have been thinking of it more and more often. My BioEngineering degree has provided me with a solid chem and bio background, however, it's been several years now. I'm 26 years old and not sure what my chances are. I graduated college with a 3.7 GPA. Any suggestions for me? What are my chances with being older, non-premedical student? I also have not had alot of "volunteer" or "shadowing" experience since college. I have not shadowed in the medical / health area since I was a freshman in college. After that I have interned in environmental engineering jobs, and with oil and gas companies. Suggestions? I could really use some help here folks!
I would work on the volunteer experiences, and shadow some physicians. You are not very old for premed. The average age in my first-year class is 26. I'm older than that, and there are several older than I am. In addition, a surprising portion of my classmates are liberal arts majors. A handful of schools may not like the older applicant, but many actually prefer an applicant with life experience.
If I were you, I'd find some doctors to shadow or an ER to volunteer in so you can get some medical experience and see if this is really a job you want. Then you'll need to make sure you have the prerequisites and take the MCAT. It likely hasn't been that long since college, so I wouldn't worry too much about the classes you took then. Just make sure you have the prerequisites, and review enough to do well on the MCAT. You need biology, chemistry, o-chem, physics, and sometimes biochem/genetics/math. You probably already have the majority if not all of those classes.
Really, the biggest thing for you to do is figure out whether or not this is for you!