why do medical students have to have a bachelor of something before entering medical school.
I'm Irene my major #biology and pre medics.
I want to become a doctor. The process of medical education is still confusing and I want to get involved in different activities that will draw me near to my goal and dream #doctor #medicine
also, in other countries most students decide when they're like ten how they will track their future and start to take courses specific to that sort of degree. "Liberal Arts" is very American and I wish I had taken more lit and polysci when I was an undergrad. with the current hs curriculum in the US there is no way you will be prepared for Medical School without the premed stuff in college.
I know a bunch of people who chose a profession and then like 5 or ten years later decided they wanted to go to med school. they needed to take about two years of pre-requisites to be eligible for medical school.
Anyway, enjoy it!! ! No rush! you'll be stuck in your profession forever lol. undergrad is when you get to learn anything about everything. that won't ever happen again.
Pick a major that interests you. 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
For the medical school path specifically, I would focus on learning how you learn (corny, I know). However, medical school will inundate you with information every day, every week, and every month. Take the time now to observe whether you learn better by looking at a graph or picture, listening to someone explain a concept, or by acting it out yourself. For myself, I have learned that flashcards and repeating information frequently helps me to best keep it in my head.
Lastly, college is a great time to be involved in all sorts of medical-related activities. Volunteer at a free clinic, shadow some physicians or work as an EMT. There really are endless options for being involved in the field. Not only will this confirm or deny your interest in medicine, but it might help you focus on what type of medical specialty you are most interested in for a career. The application process is competitive and it gets more competitive every year. Not only does college give you the time and the resources to participate in these activities, but it also demonstrates to admission committees that you have a genuine interest and have put in the time to prepare yourself for the rigors of medical school and the lifestyle of the career.
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