Medical School success story

What age is too old to become a doctor?

Is it 28, 30, 32?

Well, here is what we found on the AAMC website.

The Rev. Suzanne Watson

Undergraduate: UC San Diego, 1985 Major: Biology, minor in economics Graduate school: Master of divinity, Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley Medical school: Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2017 Specialty: Psychiatry (most likely)

What makes your story unique?

At 48, I began studying for the MCAT exam, even reviewing physics flash cards between services at St. David’s Episcopal Church in San Diego, where I was the priest in charge. I did well enough to apply and eventually be accepted at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

I see medicine as an evolution of my call to ministry and trust that the two are going to be combined in some way in the future. Life is short. I felt I owed it to myself and my creator to be a good steward of all the gifts that I’ve been given, and to pursue my dreams. This endeavor has made me feel more alive and happier than I’ve felt in a long time.

What advice do you have for applicants considering a career in medicine?

You’re never too old to live your dreams. Take a risk and try.