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What is the general entry age of med school?


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mia_g_
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: What is the general entry age of med school? Reply with quote

Hey guys, i was just wondering what the average age was for ppl in graduate med? I know its silly.. but i keep thinking 25 is too old, it's daunting thinking that all my friends will be working already!! but i'd really like to study medicine.
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Adrian
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Griffith university had a median age of 28 in 2005 and 2006, so don't worry about 25 being old! The young 'uns should be worried Twisted Evil
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tree14
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the median age last year for Griffith was 24. I just turned 26 and will be starting at Griffith in 2008! Can't wait! And NO 26 is not too old....there will be plenty of students at around this age - some will be younger and some will be older. I know of people in their mid-40's going into med next year. 25 is young.
Very Happy K
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:53 pm    Post subject: What is the general entry age of med school? Reply with quote

Ha!
well, I'm 32 this year, and though I may hear these old bones creak once in a while I reckon I've still got a bit of life left in me.
Seriously though, my sister in law is in second year and is (I think) about 45, and she's not the oldest in her class. Also, a bit of life experience goes a long way in helpig with the GAMSAT, and even more at interview.
Good luck to you all, and hope to see some of you at UQ in the future.
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gammy2008
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey mia
Even if there was such a thing as an upper age barrier where people gradually feel more self conscious about applying it certainly isn't 25. If anything you've got the perfect blend of youth and life experience. Obviously you need to be mature when applying but you also want to give yourself alot of time after graduation to reach speciality level. So 25 or there abouts is perfect.
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Knight of Cydonia
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ill be 21 when I start next year at Gippsland.
But i was definately one of the youngest at my interview session.
I think 25 is about average
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drjv
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

24 is the average for griffith. we start on feb 1st and i turn 24 on feb 5th so i am right on the average!
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N2O
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be 20 when I start at Monash in '08.

You guys are all gonna get nose hair soon...
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gammy2008
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not all of us!!!! Laughing If I get in next year I'll be 20 as well.
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mia_g_
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha, ok, i definitly feel old now, thanks N20 and gammy.
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gammy2008
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mia, Emerson once said "the age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles". So continuing with this analogy should the best medical care not come from the older female practitioner? Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, I don't think my age will matter as of now because I don't think I'm getting into any med schools!

But Mia, don't worry about it. I think your age will come to your advantage later on. Somehow patients would rather trust someone who looked 30 than someone who looked 15, even if they are both first year interns. A bit of a psychological thing but medicine is one of those things that investment into plastic surgery wrinkles and grey hair might be worthwhile.
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mia_g_
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How come you think u won't get in??? Thanks steelpipe, i will be entering as a qualified psychologist so I guess that is an advantage.
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Steelpipe
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deakin has a slightly more bizarre way of administrating. So basically I don't know my chances, beside that it's in the lowest batch saved for the flat out rejects (which we don't even know if they exist!).

Mia, question. I always thought that in order to be a clinical psychologist you need a medical degree! That's one thing my mate is aiming for, and that's the main reason he's going to try out on GAMSAT. So... May I ask if we are wrong there?
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mia_g_
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He probably means he wants to be a Psychiatrist-that you need a medical degree for because you are prescribing drugs. Psychology does not need a medical degree and can treat the same patients, but cannot prescribe anything.
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