GAMSAT Test Preparation Forum Index GAMSAT Test Preparation
For GAMSAT Candidates discuss the GAMSAT syllabus, form GAMSAT study groups, discuss GAMSAT study resources, review of GAMSAT preparation material, discuss anything that will help achieve a better GAMSAT score.
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   SmartFeedSmartFeed   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Too old to specialise



 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    GAMSAT Test Preparation Forum Index -> Med School
 
Author Message
Wannabesurgeon
Rookie


Joined: 26 Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Location: Toowoomba

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Too old to specialise Reply with quote

I have been told recently in no uncertain terms that by the time I graduate medical (at the age of 37) the only viable option will be to become a GP. Not denigrating the role of GP's but I was hoping to specialise in Bariatrics or general surgery. The person telling me this is a Radiation Oncologist Registrar who enjoys the fact he is a 'tertiary care' provider (meaning minimal patient contact) and that by the time I finish my internship and first year residency Ill be 40 if Im entering a specialty program, 45 by the time Im a member of a Royal College of friggin whatever - which will be too old.

Unfortunately I never had the opportunities he did as he was growing up and Im not making excuses but now that Im 32 and plan to sit the gamsat next year (have passed it before with a 67 but GPA was below 5 in my teaching degree so am doing a bloody masters degree at the moment) this is the only time thats really presented itself as feasible to do it. I did have a GP in Toowoomba laugh and say that if Im good enough and enthusiastic enough that Ill get 'snavelled up' by any number of hospitals looking for more mature candidates for their fellowship programs. What do you think gang?
Back to top
md-4-me
Grizzled


Joined: 18 May 2010
Posts: 142

PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your GP in Toowoomba has it right. When you get into medical school, you will learn all the tricks (getting electives working with heads of departments at the hospitals/institutions where you want to specialize, show them your enthusiasm, insights, maturity, etc.). It would not matter even if you are older than you are. Setting completely aside the law and the ethics involved in not choosing someone exclusively on the basis of merit, there is the following dominant factor: you will be chosen mostly based on whether or not they would be "happy" spending 50-70 hours/week with you for several years!

imo
Back to top
Wannabesurgeon
Rookie


Joined: 26 Apr 2011
Posts: 4
Location: Toowoomba

PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahahahahah

You're a champion Smile
Back to top
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    GAMSAT Test Preparation Forum Index -> Med School All times are GMT + 10 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

Anti Bot Question MOD - phpBB MOD against Spam Bots
Blocked registrations / posts: 198146 / 0