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How to be successful in med school?

I am a high school senior and I plan on studying exercise science then going to med school. What are some classes that would help me pass the MCAT and be more successful in med school? #medical-school

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Briana! So there are some classes you will need to take in order to apply to medical school and be ready for the MCAT (medical college admissions test). I will attach a link below saying all of the requirements class wise; mostly they are science and math based for example Biology, Chemistry (both Organic and General), Physics and also English (not science but required), etc. Biochemistry is not required by some medical schools but I highly consider taking it, in addition to an Intro to Psych and Socio class (both classes are separate) because the MCAT will heavily test these subjects. Remember also that each medical school has a different requirement so these can change but they are core classes and should suffice. Some schools may count Organic Chemistry II in place of Biochemistry and some schools may ask if you took any additional courses like genetics. Khan academy is a great resource to study for the MCAT so definitely keep that in mind as you prepare in the future to take the exam. Right now you have time for the MCAT and when you begin college you will be noted as a premedical student, this isn't a major but more so the track you are on as your goals are to get into medical school. There should be a premed adviser that will also help you shed some light on your path and they should also have a sheet of coursework to take for premed students so definitely check that out! I think exercise science is a great major, usually many students take traditional majors such as Biology or Biochemistry and while these are great, keep in mind that you can be any major and apply to medical school. I think as an exercise science major you will be taking anatomy classes as well, which I believe will help you in preparing for the field of medicine and the MCAT. Remember to study well and keep your GPA high, 3.7+ and receive a a good MCAT score 508+ to be competitive in applying to medical school.

I wish you the best.

Yasemin recommends the following next steps:

https://www.kaptest.com/study/medical-school/
AAMC.org (this website is the main website for all premed and medical students along with residency as well)
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David’s Answer

My present title, I only retain mostly based on the skills I learned medical field. Just in case it might look a little silly. I worked side by side with a graduate of pre med. I asked him why he was working in the surgery center with us. He said he needed volunteer medical experience in order to be a better applicant for medical school. The best thing you can do right now for the MCAT, is get the study guide before you even start pre med. That will give you clues on what classes you may need to take. Some of the best doctors that I have worked with, were the ones who were nurses or paramedics first. The book, “Do You” by, Russel Simmons, can be very inspirational on how to be successful in jobs and careers.

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Michael’s Answer

Biochemistry is one of the classes you should considered as it will give you a better understanding of how basic sciences harmonize to form the art of practicing medicine.

Good luck in your studies.
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