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  • #49650
    AnotherJenAnotherJen
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    It’s been a while since I last joined the wonderful premeds of MomMD… :wave:

    I’ve had 3 interviews so far and another 3 scheduled. I’m waiting to hear back from 4 other schools. At this point I’m almost 5 months pregnant and not really showing — my friends and family can tell, but strangers might just think I’m a little chunky. 😉

    My concern is that by the time I interview at the last schools I could be VERY pregnant… Has anyone gone to a big interview visibly pregnant? I’m 30 and fairly together, a competative applicant, but the prospect of being pregnant (for the first time 🙂 ) and interviewing is a bit overwhelming! :tired:

    I’m due at the end of May, so in an ideal world, I’ll get into school near where I live already, take the summer off, and start school in the fall. Plan B includes deferring for a year, continuing my part-time clinical research job, and either reapplying or planning the big move next year…and then starting med school with a 1 yr old… In either case, my husband, friends, and family are very supportive. 🙂

    Mom had my 2 sisters in med school and residency, so I know deep in my gut it can be done, but I don’t know if interviewers share this understanding.

    Any thoughts?!

    –Jen

    #49652
    TexasRoseTexasRose
    Participant

    How ’bout a huge wish of “GOOD LUCK!!!” 😀

    It’s so exciting to see one of our premed members interviewing for med school. AND expecting your first child! I wish you the best of luck with both!

    Spacecadet defered her first year of med school to have her child this past October, and I’m sure I’ve seen a post by someone who started med school with a baby this year. (haven’t I? :confused: )

    What you have are options and that’s a great situation to be in!
    Best of luck!
    Theresa

    #49654
    mariahbmariahb
    Participant

    I interviewed last month at USC and was 6 1/2 months pregnant at the time. Couldn’t really hide it anymore. Best news today, I was accepted there! So God luck to you, and it doesn’t seem like there should be a problem. My view is, if they aren’t supportive of families, I probably don’t want to go to that school!

    Again, Best wishes!!
    Mariah

    #49656
    MomMDMomMD
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    Mariah, Great news. Did they ask you anything at the interview about being pregnant?

    You must join us when we have an LA meeting!

    Sethina
    MomMD Founder

    #49657
    AnotherJenAnotherJen
    Participant

    Mariah,

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations!
    Did your pregnancy come up as an issue in interviews? Were your interviewers comfortable with it, uncomfortable?

    Thanks,

    Jen

    #49659
    AnotherJenAnotherJen
    Participant

    Theresa — Thank you also for your support!
    –Jen

    #49661
    mariahbmariahb
    Participant

    I actually think being pregnant was a positive part of my interview. I brought it up because I really didn’t want to go to a school that was not supportive of students with children. I interviewed with a wonderful woman, and in our discussion she said something like “I think moms make great med-students as they are the most organized of all.” She was even so kind as to give me her card to call if accepted as she knows a woman less than a mile from campus who she used for daycare when her kids were babies. So I have about 6 weeks left before this little guy gets here. This is our first child 🙂 Now I can cancel my east coast interviews, and I don’t have to travel at 8 months! Yipee!! Best of luck to you all!
    Mariah

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