Refining my career goals
I've always wanted to become a doctor. I've always been interested in Obstrtrics and Gynecology, because women's health and reproduction is the most amazing facet of science (to me, anyway), and fetal development is of significant importance to me.
I won't be a "traditional" applicant when I apply. Graduated May 2016 with a Bachelor in Biomolecular Science and a 2.98 science gpa (overall gpa, 2.70). Since then, I've landed a job working with a genetics company, as a lab assistant, where we do HLA typing (very cool!). I am also on the verge of becoming a volunteer for STEM Scouts, an opportunity to become an "assistant lab manager" and spark that same interest for STEM careers in young people that intrigued me many years ago.
I've grown so fascinated with what I do at work that I would like to continue doing research in my future career, but I also want to stay within the realm of women and babies. I was considering pediatrics, fetal medicine, etc.....
I understand a person like me with grades that are not competitive should consider getting their masters degree first. But what programs are out there for students like me, who need a second chance? I'm 1000% certain in my readiness to dedicate the time and effort into my studies, and will stop at nothing to become the doctor I always wanted to be.
Does anyone have insight on a few schools/programs that tend to show more sympathy, and also provide masters degrees in biomedical sciences, women's health, or the like?
- anonymous Hi Ashley, thanks for reaching out! As a former bio student, I'm going to refer you to @Kofi Kankam for the most comprehensive answer. Best of luck! :)
- anonymous alum Hi Ashley. I'm so happy to hear about your passion and commitment to the field of medicine and science, particularly in women and children's health! It sounds like you're making some great choices to improve your candidacy given your GPA. Dedication to research and volunteer work are virtually requirements for consideration, so you're definitely on the right track. In terms of choosing a postbac, it sounds like you'll want an "enhancement"program which may or may not grant a masters degree (though getting a masters will be more impressive, but more costly, so you have to determine your own ROI). The school choice decision is more of a person one that would require a one-on-one discussion and consultation. I've worked through issues like these with other candidates, so please feel free to reach out directly if you'd like to work with me and the AA team.