86: Katherine Overcame Her Fears and Is Going for it!: Session 86 Katherine posted in the forums that an NPR story about tuition assistance finally gave her the push to pursue a career as a physician. Also listen to our many other premed podcasts including The MCAT Podcast, The Premed Years Podcast, ...

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86: Katherine Overcame Her Fears and Is Going for it!: Session 86 Katherine posted in the forums that an NPR story about tuition assistance finally gave her the push to pursue a career as a physician. Also listen to our many other premed podcasts including The MCAT Podcast, The Premed Years Podcast, ...

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Session 86 Katherine posted in the forums that an NPR story about tuition assistance finally gave her the push to pursue a career as a physician. Also listen to our many other premed podcasts including The MCAT Podcast, The Premed Years Podcast, Specialty Stories. Our newest one in the mix is Ask Dr. Gray Premed Q&A, where I take my daily live streams from Facebook and turn them into podcast episodes. So I'm answering questions and I dish out my thoughts when I'm talking to students I'm working with. I go on Facebook for about 20-30 minutes everyday and talk about it. A couple of quick announcements - On August 21, I will be in Anaheim doing a meetup. Go to our Premed Hangout Group to find out more about it. On August 23, The Premed Years Podcast has been nominated for a science and medicine award for the Academy of Podcasters. The award ceremony that night is free for everybody. I'll be in town for the conference so if you would like to go to the award ceremony, shoot me an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net. November 4-5, 2017 is AMSA PremedFest in Tampa, Florida at USF. I will be there and speak about the interview process. I'll have a table set up. Come by and say hi. Use the promo code MSHQ17 to save some money off the registration. Back to our episode today, we take questions directly from the OldPreMeds.org forums and answer them here on the podcast. If you don't already have one, register for an account. Ask questions. Let the community help you and I will also try to help you here on the podcast. [03:08] OldPreMeds Question of the Week: "I heard an NPR segment a few months ago about the rural health scholarship and it motivated me to look at what exactly is available for tuition assistance. The last mental barrier to pursuing my MD was removed. I've dance around the decision my entire life. I went to school to be a dietitian. I worked for in-home care. I currently work as an insurance specialist doing medical billing. But I had a huge mental block to making the final step. What if I can't make it? What if I do make it and can't pay for it? What do I do if I make it, can pay for it, but my other obligations are just too much for me to concentrate on my coursework? The ultimate caveat to all of this this, I'm a single parent to a son with a mental disability. His father took off when he was diagnosed. I've spent the past six years teaching him skills that comes naturally to most children. But after all this time, he is as functional and mature as one could expect from a nine-year-old. I've taken stock of my chances and made a plan. I have a 3.3 GPA which I acquired working full-time, raising him on my own. And I'm going to spend the next year working and self-studying while saving money and paying off things like my car so my expenses will be low. The next year, I can continue to work while going back for the last two recommended classes then take the MCAT. Giving myself a couple of years to study has take a lot of the pressure off. It also gives me and my son time to acclimate to another schedule and a new set of responsibilities. His maturity level at thirteen by the time I'm in my third year should be high enough to handle me not being as available. I want to be a family physician in an underserved area. I want it very badly. I study everyday and listen to podcasts for about six hours every week day including the OldPreMeds. This podcast and community have answered so many questions and given me access to so many resources. They've generally given me hope for my path. Thank you so much for being available to us nontrads." [05:38] Paying Back Loans This is a great story of overcoming a ton to be where you're at to start mining up everything. I've talked a lot with financial advisors on The Premed Years Podcast about paying back loans. When you're a physician, you're going to have debt and it's okay. You will pay them back.  It sounds weird but it shouldn't be a factor going $100 to $200k in debt to get this education
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