Owner, Self-employed at Garza Medical Association
Round Rock, Texas
i graduated from UT-Southwestern Medical School in 1993 and have been a family physician for 20 years.
you asked an interesting question that got me thinking.
generally, you're not going to need or recall much from your Calculus or Physics courses. unless maybe if you go into Nuclear Medicine or Orthopedic Surgery.
your initial Biology and Chemistry courses are also mostly forgettable.
Organic Chemistry is probably the first class where you will remember some things for the rest of your life. but even then it's mostly the lingo. for instance, you'll keep hearing about methyl groups, alkaloids, free radicals, and such the rest of your career. just don't ask me to actually synthesize a methylated alkaloid!
if you're daring enough to take Biochemistry in college you won't regret it. you'll finally start learning things that will be directly applicable to future patients. i'd put Physiology in that category as well but not quite on the same level.
i didn't take Microbiology/Immunology or any of the various Anatomy courses during college but they probably would have been useful as well.
i'm also going to mention that the most useful college course i ever took was not a pre-med required class. it was taught by the Classics Department and was called "Medical Terminology." they taught you the root word or origin of medical words. suffice it to say that it really helps to understand what your medical school professors are saying.
of course, i agree with the previous respondent that you need to get good grades in everything. but i think the gist of your question was that some courses are more pertinent for your career path than others.
and my answers are from someone who does direct primary patient care. if you're going to be an academic or a Pathologist then my answers might not work for you.
i also strongly agree that you need to find compatible study partners. the enormous amount of material makes going it alone incredibly difficult.
Last updated Nov 26 '17 at 23:02