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xx A question from CS major..
« Thread started on: May 21st, 2003, 09:01am »

21 year old SNB asks...

Hi Dr. Mehta. I am a junior doing computer scinece at
an ok Texas university but its not really all that
great. I was thinking it might be a good opportunity
to apply to medical school. Would you recommend it?
I have a pretty good GPA at 3.7/4.0. As you might
know, its not a great time to be in cs and I always
wanted to go into medicine. When I started college in
2000, c.s. was supposed to be a really good field and
I was also interested in it so I just chose that path
instead. Do you think I'd have a good chance or any
chance to get in?

Another thing I would like to know your opinion for,
I was admitted in UT-Austin for c.s. last year and was
about to go but cancelled my plans because I was
getting some negative responses, and because there was
some need for me to help with my father's business.
So I didn't go because I didn't want to seem as though
I "turned my back". Do you think it was the right
move? What should I have done differently?

I'll appreciate your advice.

Thank you,
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« Reply #1 on: May 21st, 2003, 09:25am »

Dear SNB..

Before you even start working on medical career you have lot more soul searching to do. What do you mean by "when I started my college in 2000 computer science was supposed to be a really good field"

You do not make a carrier decision on short-term prospects. As a matter of fact you should not make a career choice on financial prospect only. If you do not love what you do than you are not going to be good at doing it for 30-40 years.

Now that bubble has busted in computer science you want to go to medicine, what if the computer field became lucrative again?

Getting in medical school has always been a difficult thing. Only 40% of the applicants get accepted in medical school, which means 60% do not! So medical school is definitely looking for candidates with burring desire to be a physician for the right reason - to serve others. If we feel the candidate is now choosing medicine because the computer field is not too hot now, we rather give a chance to some one else who is better deserving.

Now let us talk about your turning down an opportunity to go to UT Austin. You start out by saying that you go to an ok Texas University. That indicates to me that you are not very proud of your educational institution. Than you get a chance to go to UT. Than you turn it down to stay at your ok place again! This all might have some logical explanation, but we on the admission board do pay attention to this summersault by the applicant.

This kind of action might be a lack of maturity on the part of applicant and when we are turning down 60% of applicant why should we take some immature person who is viewing medicine now because the computer field is not doing too well?

But on the bright side you do have decent GPA from not so decent place. You will need a strong score in MCAT since your education institution is not that prestigious.

This is what I suggest:

Think again - medicine may not be the right choice for you. The computer field will be back in lime light again in 4-5 years.

If you do decide to pursue medicine than go volunteer at some hospital and spend time with different physicians to get a realistic idea. The grass may be greener on the other side but life of a physician could be demanding. Do lot of altruistic activities.

Go to the other topic in this section titled.. “How good a candidate are you?” And fill out that self-evaluation and than decide if you have what it takes to be a doctor.

If you do have a strong desire to be a physician than be willing to reapply for a year or two.

Good luck.

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