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What classes do I need to take to become a doctor?


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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.

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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Abigail’s Answer

Hi, Shaheen!

To apply for Medical School you can actually have *any* undergraduate degree you desire. Most advisers will suggest you look into a science related field such as biology or chemistry. However, there are no prerequisite courses you have to take in order to apply or be accepted into Medical School. The school will take note of your extra curricular activities, grades, and any work experience as an undergrad. If your activities and work show a dedication to science and medicine, you will have a leg up when applying! Taking a job in a laboratory on campus is a great way to get hands on experience for Medical School.

I suggest you follow a few of these YouTube accounts for a more in depth look: Tedx Talks (search for talks about doctors), Dr. Andre Pinesett: The Pre-med Productivity Expert, Strong Medicine, and Kaplan MCAT Prep.

Also, find a doctor who would be willing to sit down and speak with you about their experience. A college adviser is also a great start!

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