Medical Director at Concentra
I think what you're REALLY asking is what major gives you the best chance of getting into medical school. The short answer to that question is: there is no "best" major. I'm not just speaking from experience of having gone to medical school but also been a student representative on the admissions committee.
To get into medical school, you need to have a college GPA and MCAT score in the top 1-2% of your peers. Without those 2 critical elements, your application won't be considered seriously. Medical schools don't really care what your major is as long as you've taken all of the pre-requisites (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, etc.), thus the reliance on the MCAT score, and demonstrate that you can handle the workload in medical school, thus the importance of the college GPA.
In my own case, I majored in econ in college. I found the subject to be fascinating and shied away from traditional life sciences majors because college to me was a chance to try new things. The downside, of course, was that the requirements of being pre-med and an econ major left little room for me to take electives such as undergraduate research, studying abroad for a year, etc.. I got into med sch on the first try because I had almost all As in college and I studied my butt off for the MCAT.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Your next step is to major in a subject that you're passionate about. Let's face it, it's hard to get As in classes that you aren't passionate about.
- Study for the MCAT! One of the best things I did was take classes offered by a test preparation company called Stanley Kaplan; it's still around but has a different name nowadays. It not only prepared me for the MCAT but taught me how to do well on standardized tests. Doctors take many standardized tests during and after medical school for licensing, board certifications, etc..