Are You TOO OLD For Med School?!

hey what's up you guys thanks for

watching this video my name is Bob

Barker I'm a board certified general

surgeon and in this video I want to talk

about is it ok or should you go to

school med school kind of later in life

I guess you'd say so I get this question

a lot I thought I'd give you my two

cents on it

I am 43 I finished residency at 35 so

I'll just tell you quickly my timeline

was I went to college I did finish

college in five years I took a year I

think about a year not half off between

college in med school ended up going to

med school

and then that's called four years

obviously I took a year off in that

school to study for the USMLE step one

because I was at a Caribbean school and

you guys know that I was an IMG so I

really I knew that I needed to do really

well on the US only step one so I took a

year to study for that outside of the

normal that's cool so out of my bed

school was five years and then I did a

residency which was five years and did a

research year in that residency which

was so that made it sticks so my

timeline is I finished high school in

1992 and I finished residency in 2010 so

that's definitely more than the usual

but you know not it's not I didn't start

med school at you know 35 or 40 or

something like that so mine is a little

bit delayed and I can tell you that you

know it's certainly tough to when you

get on a tailor into that you know I

will so mention that you know I did I

finish residency at 35 but I you know

took a job initially in my hometown

which was not a great probably probably

wasn't a great idea to begin with but I

did not make hardly any money and maybe

I made like sixty thousand eighty

thousand dollars a year I was putting

most of that back into my business so I

was really pretty much struggling for

few year about three to four years after

I finished that I got a new job a

regular salary job wasn't

anything special wasn't making you know

a good you know twice as what everybody

else makes or anything so it's just the

regular salaried surgeon job average

run-of-the-mill salary so and that was

like basically like 40 41 right now

about 40 Oh 40 you know really awaited

almost until 40 to have a real real job

even if you want to call it that it's

definitely tough to do that you know you

see everybody else doing well and

they're much younger and you know they

got a house and they got a car and they

got kids and you think everything is

hunky-dory with them and you're like oh

man I really screwed up I should have

done I should have done that and all

that stuff but for me it was my time

line you know and I think that's one

thing you got to think about is what is

your timeline during college I screwed

around right so I got to have fun in

college I did my own thing after college

for a little bit I took some time off in

vet school I was studying a lot but I

also got the you know juice things and

other medical students didn't get to do

so you have to kind of think about those

things to some of those folks that go

right through they do finish early but

they may not have the experiences that

you'll have when you're younger if

you're able to do those things or if you

decide a little bit later you can get

money you cannot get time back right so

you can always make more money which

cannot get your time back so when you're

21 and you know you never go out or you

never do the things that you wanted to

do when you're 35 or you're just 32 many

finished residency you're still you

still can't go back to 21 you know you

just can't do it so it's it's a tough

decision but I think it's individual I

do have a couple friends who finished

residency at 53 so that's pretty late

but he was also a general surgeon in

another country and then came to our

country was a scrub tech for a while and

then be caped and got into residency and

finished at 53 that another friend

finished residency I think he was like

45 you know it's all it's all up to you

it's it's not anything I don't think you

should think of it as I'm too old

or it's too late for me but really are

you being called to that profession for

some reason when you're young you

sometimes like I'm 43 now I think back

to when I was when I wanted to start med

school you know you know you're not even

sure anymore why you wanted to do that

right I feel fortunate that my younger

self did that but it's tough to pinpoint

you know what exactly drove me to do

those things you know we don't know why

anyone does anything is it something


or is it external and we think it's

internal right is it is it just a bunch

of marketing that we're being

pounded with all the time or is it is it

innate you know I had some little one

and a half year old nephews and I've got

a five year old and a three year old

meets and they all have completely

different personalities it was right

from the get-go so we're hardwired with

something and you know it's probably a

good idea to listen for that whatever

inside is telling you know if you're

being told by yourself that you really

need to do that and you're a little bit

older then I'm not sure you'll be happy

with yourself if you don't do it you

know when you're 70 80 that was a big

driver for me I I never still is I I

always think you know am I going to

regret this if I don't do it if I don't

put in the work now I don't commit to it

am I going to regret this later so I

think that's a good thing to think about

maybe put things in perspective for you

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