Something to be aware of is that Psychiatrists are MD s. So they will generally be in Pre-med first and then get their medical degree. Now, psychology is of course a big part of that training to lead to psychiatry. Someone you may have heard about was Charles Krauthammer who died recently. He was an MD when he had a diving accident which paralyzed him. He want on to practice psychiatry, wrote many articles and books and was a television personality for a long time. He was also involved in politics for a long time. And admittedly brilliant man whose career spanned quite a bit of achievement. Bear in mind that all of these activities will require study in technology, science, mathematics, biology, etc.. So even if you decide this path is not for you, none of these studies will be wasted. They apply to a fantastic set of possibilities for other career choices as well.
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Best of luck!
Yasemin recommends the following next steps:
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