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What are some courses you should take to be prepared for surgery?

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Nicole’s Answer

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While there isn't really a set major in undergraduate studies for becoming a surgeon, most medical schools prefer a candidate who majored in a pre-med field. While some universities and colleges have a specific Pre-Med or Biomedical major, for many this means a major in Biology or Chemistry, including Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry. Mathematics or Physics are also potentially viable majors for someone interested in Medical school after completing an undergraduate degree.
It's also worth noting that having experience working with underserved and/or non-English speaking populations is noteworthy to colleges and medical schools. If you also happen to be proficient in a language other than English, this will also set you apart in your medical school applications. You may also consider taking the time to volunteer at a local health care center or hospital. This could led to potential shadowing or interviewing experiences as well.
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Richard’s Answer

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During college, any bachelors degree is acceptable as long as students complete the medical school prerequisite.

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. The MCAT also has a Psychology/Sociology section.

During medical school, the first 3 years do not usually have much variability. The fourth year electives should either be used to "round out" your education by taking nonsurgical electives or be used to take an opportunity to try out the surgery rotations at residency programs to which you might apply.
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Chanda’s Answer

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A majority of your course work in college will include Math, Science, Biology. Once you have determine a specialty or a specific field; a major of your academic and clinical training will focus on the specialty area. Here is a great website to review for more information.

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Rachel’s Answer

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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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Jhanelle’s Answer

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My sister is currently finishing up Med School and agreed with the answers above. She noted Anatomy & Physiology with a lab component, if offered (dissection) and Biology as essential.

Best wishes! We need more surgeons in the world :)
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