Well, I've been kicking around this idea of pursuing a career in medicine, but I'm in a bit of an awkward position to do so. I'm 22 years old (23 in November), and after this fall is over I will have everything I need to graduate with my math degree (I just haven't decided if I want to attend during the spring to get a few more classes in or not; maybe I'll do part-time). I enjoy math, but I never intended a career in it; I am only getting this degree because it was sort of my escape pod from a physics program that is a disaster, and gradually getting worse. I had a lot of math on my belt and there was just no way I was going to get my physics degree at this school. At any rate, my preparation to go to medical school is laughable. I have one introductory course in chemistry on my belt, and virtually no college-level biology. (Though I sure have tons of physics.) I think I will inevitably need to continue my undergraduate studies, though it won't be at this school (I speak of Bemidji State University). I know the physics program isn't the only thing that's struggling, and I know it's not just because of the economy or anything like that, but because of all-around poor decision-making on behalf of the school's administration (also, I have a desire to leave this town soon; I've been here since sixth grade!). Anyway, I'm quite used to the idea of doing more undergrad work; I was going to do the same with physics. As I've mentioned before somewhere, thus far I've taken out absolutely no loans, so debt isn't an issue. The only difference now is that I'm leaning towards medicine, though I might do both, and this sort-of leads me to my question. Just how much more time should I expect to spend in college before I take a shot at getting into medical school? Should I perhaps do a full-blown premed program somewhere while possibly getting another more science-related degree in, say, physics or chemistry, or should I just sort of find some time to cram in some bio and chem and biochem and ochem and whatnot for, like, a year after I get my math degree, and go for it then? As for my reasons for reconsidering my original decision to pursue physics, well, I may discuss in another thread.