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Single Mum and medicine ?

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kate finch

Joined: 22 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:38 pm    Post subject: Single Mum and medicine ? Reply with quote

I'm a sole parent and have a burning desire to study medicine. I'm currently in my final year of Nursing. Nursing is great but I just need MORE !!!! Is it possible, is there anyone in the world that has done it ? Am I dreaming ? Question
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:19 pm    Post subject: single mum and medicine Reply with quote

I graduate in 33 weeks. Single mum of 3 children for the past 9 years - 8 of those in full time study..

it's tough for lots of reasons - depends on your children, family support, friends and most of all how determined you are..

it is well worth the effort
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Joined: 04 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:18 pm    Post subject: hi Reply with quote

hi there

i just want to say you are amazing. armsta Very Happy
i have a 9 month old daughter, so wanting to do med.. but my husband is not very supportive of me even doing GAMSAT next yr... so i am kindda confused whether i really want this path for myself or not. i see there will be lots of sacrifices from everyone in my family.
great motivation to see you doing so well though!
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Joined: 01 Apr 2008
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Location: Perth, WA

PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knowing her as well as I do, I think she would tell you that there were very few people who supported her in the beginning.

Everybody wants to tell you that you can't do it, and all the reasons why. The big question is whether you can live with the knowledge that maybe you could have, but it was too hard.... or you didn't give it a shot.

If you end up regretting not even sitting GAMSAT, then will you hold it against the people who didn't support the attempt?

And.... the beauty of GAMSAT is that it gives you a wiff of whether you're competitive, and then you can decide for yourself if you want to apply.

Even if I wasn't applying to Med this year, I think GAMSAT still would have been a worthwhile exercise. Its a great challenge, and the mental gymnastics aren't bad either.

Good luck!
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Joined: 04 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you for your encouraging words, Lovebite.
i just could not imagine myself studying after having a baby. but since i am the only one living my life, i definitely think its worth a try.
just wondering.. how did you cope taking care of your children while studying full time? did you send them to childcare?got a nanny? help from mum?
and i am planning to have more children.. i wonder how understanding the uni staff are once you have a big belly attending lectures and stuff. not a pretty picture eh? Cool
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Joined: 12 Dec 2009
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Location: Here are there

PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


I am going to attempt the GAMSAT in 2010 and can't wait!! I'm 24 but left school at 16 with next to nothing and joined the Army, but I really want to at least attempt to get into Med School. Granted I'm not a single mum but by the time I start uni (ever the optimist!) and graduate, I'm going to be in my 30s so there will come a time when sacrifices are going to need to be made.

To quote Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did.

We all have nothing to lose by trying!!

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Joined: 07 Apr 2010
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Location: Wales

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Claire,

I'm a 40 year old mother of 2 boys and am considering taking the GAMSAT this year. I can only begin to imagine what my family and friends will think if I apply to medical school!

I've been an RGN since 1992 and thought about studying medicine after I qualified, but opted for Theatre Studies instead! Great fun, but a mistake, as I've regretted not going for medicine ever since.

Don't listen to others, do what you feel is right or you'll probably regret it later on. I try and look at the positives now....I've got a heck of a lot of life and nursing experience to contribute! Laughing

I hope it all works out for you, whatever you chose.

Salrobin x Very Happy
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Joined: 18 May 2010
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend get into medical school some years ago as a single mom of a 5 year old. She is now studying obstetrics. She found "mommd" to be a very helpful, supportive website (it can be googled). The site is not as well maintained anymore but if anyone thinks otherwise, let us know.
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Joined: 20 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My name is Jennifer.I have just moved from India.27 years old and want to write GAMSAT.I have a 3 year old daughter and as others not very well supported my husband.First of all its a 4 year course and it means four years of no income..we r financially not doing so great i being over ambitious..and another very imp. thing after mbbs it takes another year for internship and then again 2 more years for australian registration..Can anyone let me know does tht mean no job till then?
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