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What major should I pursue to best prepare me for medical school?

I am asking this because I am not interested in a science major; however, I am interested in the medical field. I would like to do a history major, but I am not sure if that will negatively affect my MCAT scores or medical school entrance. Please help! #college-major #medicine #medicalschools

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Richard’s Answer

Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters

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Hwal’s Answer


The bottom line is that you can major in anything you want and still be accepted to a medical school. However, most, if not all, medical careers would require you to take science class to gain acceptance. Medical school application would most certainly require a set of prerequisite science courses, and you can take these as party of your degree program or separately. In other words, it might very much be possible for you to major in history and still squeeze in science class you'd need as electives, for example.

Good luck!


Hwal recommends the following next steps:

Think about whether medical school is really what you want
If convinced that medical school is really what you want, see an academic advisor at a college you're interested in attending to discuss how you can best prepare for medical school application

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Ontibile’s Answer


I am glad to hear you are considering joining the medical field! A history major sounds really cool, I am just wondering if it will be helpful in your medical career in the long run. It's interesting that you are not interested in a science major, I think it might help you cope better with your medical studies once you start. Consider a major in physiology which is the science of how the body works, a major in Anatomy which is studying the structure of the body... look up the curricula and see if the topics don't interest you at all, because I really think if I had done a major in something science related particularly physiology, medical school would have been a lot less challenging academically.

Beyond science majors, a major that emphasizes leadership skills and team work could be beneficial, because once you become a medical doctor, leadership skills will definitely come in handy.

Wishing you all the best in your career journey!

Ontibile recommends the following next steps:

Look up curricula for Physiology, Biochemistry and Anatomy
Have a chat with some medical students, nurses or doctors that you know, especially those that attended the college where you want to go and ask a bit about their experience... see if you can learn something helpful from them