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
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!
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.
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)
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)
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!