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What should I major in if I plan to become a dermatologist?

Since I started high school, I've been interested in dermatology but I'm not sure what to major in in order to pursue this career path. #doctor #medicine #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care


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Richard’s Answer

Pick 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. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
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

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Naiara’s Answer

Hi Mariana

I am happy to hear you are thinking about dermatology! It is a great field :)

During college you should focus on doing your pre-med requirements and doing well on your MCAT so you can get into a medical school. I would not worry about dermatology until you are a medical student! Once in medical school, you can work closely with the dermatology department to learn more about this field. In medical school, you definitely want to do well in your classes and try to be involved in projects related to derm.

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Othilia’s Answer

medical laboratory science is a great major if you want to get into medical school..

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