If I have a good college in my hometown (MSU of Texas), should I get my bachelors degree there . And then try to go to my dream college for medical school , or should I do all of school at my hometown college. Or should I just try to go straight to my dream college , which is either Texas Tech or Baylor.
I want to be an orthopedic surgeon and my parents have been asking me about my plan for college a lot recently. And I am just not sure which route would be best for me and my future career.
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Your question seems primarily focused on deciding which college is right for you. While there are many factors to consider, I'd prioritize fit, academics, likelihood of admission, and finances. In particular, deciding whether or not you want to go to college in the same city as your parents seems to be an important factor. College is a critical time of personal growth; some would argue that physical distance from family is necessary to create the independent space needed for that growth, while others value the comfort and familiarity of a hometown setting. Ultimately, it's a decision only you can make.
Best of luck!
Brian recommends the following next steps:
Start now to find out what it REALLY takes to get into the medical schools you want to go to. Grades, extracurriculars, volunteerism, recommendations, etc., and start working on building up those credentials.
If finances factor in, if you can go to MSU and commute, it would help a lot. I remember as a kid not wanting to pry into my parents finances. I wish I had. They were not well-off, but, I do believe I could have gone away to college. That experience would have helped me a lot, as I took forever to mature and never learned to get along with others the way I would have had to in a dorm!
Medical school is crazy intense! You want to develop your study habits, social habits, etc before you get there. Once you get there you will jump in with both feet! (so, in that regard, I guess getting your undergrad at your dream med school will give you the advantage of already being situated and knowing your way around. . . assuming you are accepted into their med school - no guarantees!)
(hope this helps!)
Pick a school that fits your personality and a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for 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.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable 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
I would say to do your research and find out all that is offered for the field of study you are going into. Definitely keep your options open and apply to both. Ask lots of questions- internships- residency’s-scholarships- clubs- support groups and mentors.
Everyone’s situation is different so pray, be diligent and follow through. Communicate with your parents or guardians what you would like to do. This requires both sides to hear each other out without interruption. Remember that they are there to support you emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially.
My prayers to all of you as you embark on a new journey. Stay focused, study hard and keep God as your head and you will have good success!
Angela D.’s Answer
It is so interesting how serendipity works! My son has been on the path that you seek. He is a little non-traditional, especially because he’s gifted and a little bit older than his peers. He attended a great community college for his prerequisites and also attained his certification to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). He worked part time as an EMT/Lab Tech while getting his BA degrees in Biology and Genetics (pre-med) at a University of California school. Your GPA, MCATs, essays, service, and other application materials will be crucial. It’s a process to get into medical school while attaining your four-year degree, you need to take the MCAT, apply, travel to interview, and then decide. Just so you know, the interviews can be in a variety of formats…one-on-one, a panel comprised of faculty/students/staff/etc., and even follow-ups. Again, my son is non-traditional…he wants to be a rural general practitioner because of the great need in this area. He’s finishing up his residency in 2020 and then he’ll fly with his wife and Queen Penny (their doggie, my grand-doggie) to their next adventure. Oh, and also consider the Army Reserves and National Guard as a way of giving back and paying for medical school. My son is an officer and field surgeon with the National Guard. Other options are to be a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) or a PA (Physician Assistant). Please keep your mind open on where to go to medical school after attaining your pre-med four-year degree…it’s really competitive and you may need to leave your home state. My son went from California (undergrad) to Virginia (medical school) to Colorado (residency)…and who knows where he and his little family will land next.
This is a laudable profession…I wish you the best in your endeavors! Please keep researching and asking for advice. Interviewing/shadowing a doctor or two about their schooling and current experiences would also be helpful, Dr. B
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