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skylar4
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: reality check? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I'm a social work student who is passionate about social welfare but also has a very keen interest in medicine. I really would like to pursue medicine at some stage maybe after a year or two of clinical social work practice in a hospital setting - but i'd like some advice from you guys - Very Happy

If I'm honest I'm not sure if i have the ability to undertake medicine. I usually get credits or sometimes distinctions; which I think is pretty good but I'm not sure if it is good enough for medicine. I've never been an A+ student but I'm a good communicator, have a good dose of common sense and I believe I'm a good listener - unfortunately these 'skills' are not that highly regarded compared with academic grades.

To top this off I'm also a 'senior' at 30 - someone told me that the other day Crying or Very sad

Many thanks guys!
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Lovebite
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a pretty good medicine pedigree to me.

Dont be discouraged by marks. Medicine is more about how you process information more than its about memorising lists.....

I'm a 3rd year, and I'm getting solid marks. I did an Arts degree back in the mid nineties, am 33, and never considered myself an academic as suck (I always did reasonably well).

That being said, I will warn you.... its a LOT of work...... but its also great fun!
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happley8may
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I've been reading a lot of discussions and this has been the only one that has compelled me to write a reply to! And it's not even a reply lol I'm seeking advice!!

I am in a similar situation.
I'm currently 26 have studied a bachelor of science, done a 4th yr in psych and am now completing a masters in counselling. It all sounds pretty impressive on paper but my undergrad marks could've been better ~55-65%.

So I've looked to Grad med. However, I'm wondering whether I am smart enough as my undergrad years were spent socialising and having a ball resulting in 55-65% avgs. Currently I'm sitting on a GPA of 5.38 not incl postgrad or incl postgrad 6.18
I haven't studied science for 6 years and I feel like my brain has been fermenting for the last 6 years as I write reflective essays and all of that psych-y stuff!!

Even if I do pass the GAMSAT and do get in, will I be able to survive med academically???

Also at 26 if all goes smoothly means I will graduate at 32. I have always wanted to have kids before I am 30, so the other question is, is having kids during med school do-able?? Granted I find Mr-Right sometime soon lol

One of the disappointing things for me is that the question of age would not be such a significant factor if we lived in USA. I have friends over there who have only just started their med degree in their late 20s/early 30s and this is quite common. Over here in AUS we are battling for positions with people aged 22,23,24yo.

I feel you skylar!

Lovebite - which uni are you at? I'm from Perth as well!
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skylar4
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi guys,

thanks for your advice !! Lovebite how did you go on the gamsat? I mean coming from an arts background? how did you cope with the maths/science section?

happley - yes lots of essay writing etc but no science based subjects - this does worry me a bit too

kids and medicine - good question - it'd be tough - i don't think you could do med part time could you?

yes i'm a 65-75 percentage student too -

ah! help!!
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Lovebite
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah... I worked hard in preparation for GAMSAT.

I decided that I would study 4 hours a day, for 3 months, in addition to working full time.

I figured that if I couldn't handle 36 hours work, plus 4 hours a day (4x7=2Cool i.e. a 60+ hour working week, that I'd never cope with a full time study load, plus part time work.

I ended up with a 64, and got 61 in the science section (from memory). When I first started my science study, I remembered almost nothing from high school. I remember asking my girlfriend "what is a solute".... oh dear.

Anyway, its there for the taking.

I'm about to finish third year, and graduation is only 54 weeks away. Time flies when you're having fun!
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skylar4
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:55 pm    Post subject: cheers lovebite! Reply with quote

okay! 4hours a day for five months!! no worries!! LOL i'll give it a go!!
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rubyslippers99
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys,

It's so great to find a place where people have similar issues and fears to me!

I'm looking to sit the GAMSAT in 2013 (a while away, I know). I'm about to complete a Bachelor of Arts at Monash (Vic), and I've done quite well (distinction and high distinction averages). I studied English so I'm pretty confident about those sections, however my Science skills are lacking, and are at about yr 11 level probably.

I'm fortunate enough to be able to allocate 16 months of full time study to just get the science up to scratch. But I'm still feeling like it will be a stretch, and I don't know whether to give up the career that is already available to me, or go all in. Even if it all goes to plan and I get into medicine, I'll be 27 before I graduate, and most likely still poor and struggling.

What do you guys reckon? I really feel like I'm behind the eight ball since many people seem to have done a science degree already :s
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Lovebite
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: cheers lovebite! Reply with quote

skylar4 wrote:
okay! 4hours a day for five months!! no worries!! LOL i'll give it a go!!


Oh sorry.... not the advice you were looking for?

Ok, how about 15 minutes a day for two weeks?

Not trying to sound mean, but medicine is a bloody long, and hard slog.... and it starts the day you decide to bunker down and study for GAMSAT. If you don't have the fuel to put the work in for GAMSAT, don't kid yourself into thinking you'll have the fuel for medicine.

I'm loving it, sure, but I'm tired, and sick of study..... I'm also sick of living on less than I'm used to, and I'm sick of knowing that I'll graduate in a year, and still have 6+ years of study ahead of me before I can hope to be a fellow.

A few people have asked me whether they should do it.... and to be honest, I'm not sure that I'd recommend it to you if you're set up, and not 500% super keen, and fixated on medicine. Its no picnic.
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Lyse88
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Im in a similar situation with thinking about kids and want to get into medicine as soon as I can.

Im planning to sit the GAMSAT in 2012 and am now organising studying for it now I have finished my exams for the year. I have been looking at the preparation materials that are available for purchase and was hoping one of you guys have heard any good/bad information about them or have used them?? I really really want to do well and am willing to put in the time (even the 4 hours a day for 3 months).
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cat2devnull
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lyse88 wrote:
I'm planning to sit the GAMSAT in 2012 and am now organising studying for it now I have finished my exams for the year. I have been looking at the preparation materials that are available for purchase and was hoping one of you guys have heard any good/bad information about them or have used them?? I really really want to do well and am willing to put in the time (even the 4 hours a day for 3 months).


Take a look at the 'GAMSAT Test Preparation Forum Index -> Reviews of GAMSAT Courses, Books' threads. e.g.
http://gamsatforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4673
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Lyse88
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Sorry I only saw that thread after I posted!
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Kavomatovljem
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:45 am    Post subject: reality c Reply with quote

You are right, with 335VAC at the rectifier anodes I would think you should be seeing closer to 400V at the first filter. Recheck the wiring, but maybe lowering the idle current will bring the voltage back up?
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serghneroff
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:22 pm    Post subject: reality c Reply with quote

Im glad to hear that you had a good ending to what could have been a terrible disaster Casey.Definitely check all of the smoke detectors.
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