Should I get a premed degree to do psychiatry?
I am one year away from completing my bachelor's degree in psychology. I originally wanted to do child psychology for a place like Kaiser. However, lately I've been thinking about doing child psychiatry instead. I've been doing some research and see that instead of applying for a master's program I should be applying for med school. So I guess my main questions are:
1. Should I go back and do premed before applying to med school?
2. Is handling med school feasible while also working a part time or full time job?
3. If I do need to go back and do premed, is that something I am able to do at a community College in order to save money? #psychology #medicine #doctor #premed #college #psychiatry #medschool
Premed is not a degree. Rather it is a series of courses that are prerequisite to medical school, so you absolutely need to complete them before applying. I would guess your school has a premed advising office that could tell you more about the requirements. You can major in anything you'd like so long as you complete the requirements and get competitive grades in your premed classes.
You can definitely take many premed required classes at a community college, possibly all of them. Having not gone that route myself, I can't tell you for sure.
I don't know the answer for sure to your second question. I was premed, but I didn't actually end up applying to med school.
You could toss in a biology or chemistry class if you can during your senior year to test the waters.
Best of luck!
You absolutely cannot work in med school. One semester I had ten courses, 23 GRADUATE HOURS.
You can take your "remedial science" at any college. Community college is fine.
Child psychiatrists have cash practices that fill up in three months. "None" take insurance. Cash is good. Busy is good. It should be easy to pay back your loans as a child psychiatrist. Your office will be simple. A "therapy" room and a small waiting room.
In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
I don’t know of any college that offeres a pre-med degree. Any major including your psychology degree 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
Having a full time job during medical school would be impossible. A part time job would be very difficult.
Some of the basic courses are available at a community college but Some of the upper division classes are not.
As I inferred prior, these are minimum requirements, if you want a chance at medical school you will have to take extra classes such as biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, micro etc. You will also need extracurricular activities both involving and not involving medicine. This whole process is a competition as well as a filtering program. You must do well in these classes and I would personally do them at an university, an actual university (public state school, ivy league, etc). The reason for this is that it looks better on your resume, an A in Ochem from say UCLA weights more than Riverside Community for example.
As for a part time or full time job during medical school -- I would say not possible for 98% of medical students. You're grinding hard in medical school since you're still competing, just this time it is for residency spots. Medical school is not easy it's def harder than undergrad, way more interesting though. Also, you want to learn as much as you can to be able to function as an intern so your focus will be on school. Most likely you will not have time to work -- but if you're a monster and can learn what others need 12 hours to learn in an hour or two than work if you want.
Being medical student is a full-time job all in itself.
Hope that helps, best of luck.
Working during medical school is not feasible and not advised to be honest. I have two siblings, one who is a resident in the field of psychiatry and one who is almost complete in medical school, both held significant jobs in college but neither continued them in medical school. Think of it this way you are working for your career, you are studying to save someone's life. You are already doing a very hard job in becoming a physician and you don't need more stress with coordinating work. Both my siblings study close to 15 hours a day, especially during clinical rotations and important exams like USMLE Step 1. The main thing is to focus on your schooling and take out loans to budget yourself financially. Once you begin residency and begin getting a paycheck you will be able to start paying your loans back. Sometimes there are research opportunities with a paid position but I don't have too much detail on those and they may take place during time you have off such as when waiting for residency interviews.
Also as a side note- medical schools look favorable to and even want you to do some volunteering, clinically/non-clinically and shadowing as well; if you are going to take this route I would advise to look into those opportunities as well. You can find some on your campus and check with a premed adviser about shadowing a physician. Local hospitals also take volunteers as well to help with patients, you can check out their website or give a call to the volunteer coordinator program if they have one.
Best of luck!