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What makes a good pre-med program?

Pre-med programs are often extremely diverse, and offer courses in a wide variety of studies. Which of these courses best prepare students for the MCAT and for medical schools? What type of courses best suit a student following a path in medicine? #classes #medicine #collegeclasses #career #mcat

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Natalie’s Answer

Many students think they have to major in biology or chemistry to get into med school. You can major in anything and as long as you have good grades, do well on the MCAT, and complete the pre-requisite courses, you will be in good shape. I believe what makes a good pre-med program is dedicated and specific assigned advisors . Additionally, schools with small class size would be helpful so that you can get personalized attention from your professors. Good luck!

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Richard’s Answer

1) Rigorous enough to master the prerequisites.
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

2) Provides enough spare time for extra curriculars such as research, voluteering and shadowing as well as time to study for the MCAT.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Ritu! I agree with Natalie's answer, you can be any major and be on the premed path. The premed path just means you take courses that are required for medical school and that help prepare you for the MCAT. I was a psychology major, but I took all my courses known as prerequisites for medical school. Make sure to meet with your premed adviser and check out AAMC.org because they will give tons of information for the premed path, the courses you take and how to complete extracurriculars so that you may be a well-rounded applicant, i.e., clinical volunteering, shadowing, research, non-clinical. The prerequisites are as stated:

General Chemistry I&II
Organic chemistry I &II
Physics I & II (it can be university or college physics; university is calculus-based while college is algebra-based)
Biology I&II
English I&II
Biochemistry I (sometimes some schools will replace it with organic chemistry II but definitely good to have taken it and is important for the MCAT)
There is also math as well, such as Calculus A and Biostats (stats for medical is an important course so be sure to do well and really get involved)

Recommended courses:
Cell/Molecular Biology

Your premed adviser will have a list that states what courses you need to enroll in. Also there are health careers clubs at college where you can meet premed students as well and even have some guidance on your path!

Best of luck!