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What are good majors for becoming a medical doctor other than biology, chemistry, and etc?

I'm a senior and I've been looking into majors but I'm just not sure. I want to find something I will enjoy but still line up with the needed. #university #college-majors


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Richard’s Answer

Pick a major that interests you. You will need to study hard and get good grades in order to apply to 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.

Beyond that, the major does not matter as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

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

Some medical schools require humanities and social/behavioral science courses.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Sujeong: My son recently graduated from medical school this summer 2018 and is now a Resident Pediatrician. Here are some steps he took:

1) High scores on SAT & ACT

2) Select a college/university that offers at least "Biological Science" (ie, you don't have to major in Pre-Med, Biology, Chemistry, etc.). What you major in is up to you. But, check with the school because they may have specific programs and offer financial aid in your "major discipline" 

3) Score well on MCAT Exam the "first time" (retake if necessary)

4) Apply to "all" the Med Schools you are interested in. Recommendation is to apply in the order of preference

5) DO NOT limit yourself to where you would like to get Matched (your last choice might be the one you get matched )

5 a) 4 yrs of Medical School

5 b) Find an Internship (paid or volunteer) over a summer

6) 3 to 4 yrs of Residency (this is after Med School)

6 a) Fellowship (specialize) is 3 to 4 yrs (this is after Residency)

Good Luck to You!


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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements, preferably with A’s. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.

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