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From New Jersey, USA:

My son's diagnosis at 16 has inspired him to apply to medical school. He has always been very matter of fact about his diagnosis, has had excellent A1cs, a 3.5 grade point average at a very competitive college where he is majoring in biology, and wants to write about diabetes as his motivation. I think it may be viewed as a negative by the admissions committee. What do you think about this?


In my experience, it has seemed that every year, medical school admissions committees seem to stress different types of students and different aptitudes and life experiences. Having said that, contrary to your concerns, I think that a medical school admissions committee might view your son's experiences as being a "purer" reason to become a health care provider. I know several pediatric endocrinologists and endocrine nurses and dieticians who have diabetes themselves. Of course, if he is too plucky about his diagnosis or thinks this gives him a free pass, he should think again.


Additional comments from Dr. Linda DiMeglio:

I haven't run across this. A few of my physician colleagues have diabetes and have done fine and trained at very competitive places. Also, I think having a reason like his to go into medicine is very legitimate. That said, applications to medical school have become more competitive, especially given the issues with the rest of the economy. So, even with a 3.5 grade point average, he will likely not get in everywhere and, so, should apply to a variety of programs in order to maximize his chances of acceptance.


Original posting 4 Apr 2009
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