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Is focus on a specific field or exploration of many different fields better for getting into med school?

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I'm interested in being either a researcher or a doctor/surgeon of some sort. #pre-med #research #medicine #hospital-and-health-care

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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 that vary from school to school. 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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Richard’s Answer

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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
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William’s Answer

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I would suggest focusing on one discipline, but showing interest in other fields of thought. Example, if you have an affinity for the Biological Sciences, demonstrate that. However, not uncommonly we all have other interest, such as history, languages, music, etc. There is something else to consider, and that is constructive involvement in social issues, i.e., for example, at this time Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico are desperate for help, most especially the latter.

These are just thoughts. There is nothing wrong with diverse interest, what I am suggesting is although diversity is good, it needs to be structured.

I hope I have been of help.

Bill Cox
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