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WayOutWestMom Senior Member

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  • Re: Medicine and More

    There is a glut of failed pre-med biology and chemistry majors who want to go into teaching so the job market in desirable suburban school districts is fairly saturated. If you are willing to teach in an urban inner city school, a struggling school, or in a rural/small town school district, then your chances of finding a teaching position--with or without a teaching certificate--are much better. Hiring a teacher then getting them a certification waiver is quite common in those types of schools.

    Majoring in physics or mathematics will also improve you chances for finding a teaching position--with or without teaching certification-- since there is a shortage of qualified math/physics teachers in many areas.

    Besides pursuing a MAT or alternative certification process after college graduation, you could seek employment in a private or charter school--which typically do not require teachers to have state teacher certification. (D2's BF is in his 2nd year of teaching at a highly regarded private prep school. He doesn't have a teaching certificate and has never taken a single education course.)

    Another pathway would be Teach for America. TFA does not require any education coursework or background. TFA requires a 2 year commitment and acceptance into the program is competitive. If you are accepted by TFA, you will attend a 6 week summer "bootcamp" where you are given a crash course in teaching fundamentals. You are assigned a teaching mentor at or near your school site and TFA helps you enroll in the required education coursework needed to obtain teaching certification. You will be taking education classes at night/on weekends and during the summers in order to complete your certification requirements.

  • Re: US or UK university if want to do med school in US

    Does it matter?

    It matters a lot. AMCAS (application clearinghouse for most US MD schools), TMDSAS (application clearinghouse for all TX medical & dental schools) and AACOMAS (application clearinghouse for all US DO schools) will not accept or verify international transcripts.** Without a verified transcript, an application won't be forwarded to medical schools.

    Among US MD programs, only University of Virginia and Georgetown say they will consider on a case-by-case basis US citizens who hold UK degrees.

    There is a small number (7-8, I think) of US DO medical schools that may accept international transcripts on a case by case basis.

    Additionally many/most US medical schools require a minimum number of credits taken at a US or Canadian college or university for students who wish to be considered for admission. The number varies from school to school but, it's typically in the 60-90 credit range. All science pre-reqs (bio, chem, biochem, physics, math) must be taken at a US or Canadian institution.

    In addition to the transcript issue, there is a more practical issue--your D may have difficulty finding opportunities to engage in the expected pre-med ECs. She will be expected to have significant US clinical volunteering, US community service and US physician shadowing regardless of where she attends college. Those ECs are considered "very important" by med school admission committees. (See p. 5 of the AMCAS report 2018 Medical Student Selection )

    Your D could certainly go to college at St Andrews, but she would need to come back to the US and complete a 2 year post-bacc program in the US before she would eligible for admission to most US med schools.

    **There is an exception for certain American universities overseas. See p. 26 of the AMCAS Instruction Manual-2018 St. Andrews is not on the list.
  • Re: Residency comes next


    Ditto here for D2. She finalized her program list Monday night and hit the send button.
  • Re: Good Premed Schools?

    Just about any college in the country will offer the necessary pre-requisites for medical school. The pre-reqs are (except for biochem) are all lower level, largely introductory level classes that you can find anywhere.

    Fot pre-med, you should look for a college that offers you the best combination of fit, opportunity and cost,

    Fit, because happier students earn better grades. (And there empirical evidence to back this up.)

    Opportunity includes access to medical volunteering sites, to clinical or laboratory research as undergrad, and to a variety of majors since 75% of freshmen pre-meds end up never applying to medical school.

    Cost, because medical school is hideously expensive and there is little financial aid available except for loans, loans and ore loans. Pre meds are strongly advised to minimize their undergrad debt.

  • Re: Breakfast casserole, brunch ideas.

    Oh and I'm intrigued about the green chili sauce. I've never had it, is it easy to make?

    New Mexican green chile sauce is very easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen. The hardest part is getting the green chiles. (Unless you live in New Mexico)

    Hatch green chiles are preferred, but Anaheims will do if that's all you can get.

    Here local suppliers will roast your chile for you. I buy a 35 pound gunny sack and have it roasted for me every fall.

    You can order roasted & frozen green chile here:



    I like the Big Jims and Bueno's Autumn Roast, but YMMV.

    1) Blister ~20-25 green chiles all over on a BBQ grill or under a broiler. Stack blistered chiles on a plate/platter and cover with a damp towel. (Or place in a plastic bag.) Let them cool. Peel (the skins will slip right off ) & pull or cut off stem. Remove seeds if you want the chile to be less hot. (TIP: wear plastic gloves when peeling and seeding chiles. If you use your bare hands be sure to keep your fingers away from eyes and all mucus membranes until you've washed your hands very thoroughly with soap. Every year people end up in the ER because they peeled chiles bare handed then touched their eyes, nose or genitals.) Roughly chop peeled chiles.

    OR Use ~2lbs of frozen & chopped green chile. (About 2-3 cups)

    2) In a large saucepan, heat a 2-4 of tbsp of oil. Saute 1 large chopped onion and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic until softened and translucent.

    3) Add 2 tbsp of masa harina or flour to onions/garlic and cook about a minute to make a white roux.

    4) Add chiles to pot. Add 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano, 1/4 tsp cumin

    5) Add 2 cups of water or vegetable or chicken broth. Cook over medium high heat until slightly thickened.

    Makes about 1.5-2 qts of green chile sauce.

    You can freeze the chiles immediately after blistering and thaw whenever you're ready to use them. They even easier to peel after freezing.

    Trader Joes sells canned NM green chiles, but they are only fair substitute for the real thing.