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What classes should I take for a career in the medical field if I am a freshman in an undergraduate college?

I plan on becoming a medical doctor, and would like to know what classes should I take in my freshman college year. college doctor graduate medical-school

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Maria’s Answer

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I would recommend to talk to as student advisor if available. However most med schools have the same requirements.
Here is a good article. Best wishes!
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2011/12/05/how-to-select-undergraduate-premed-coursework

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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA (3.8+). 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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Tamara’s Answer

Hi Eugenia,


I would have to agree with Dr. Ramirez-Nieto on contacting your academic advisor. What is the school you are currently attending, if it is not a school with a doctoral program? Are you attending a two-year college to obtain some credits until your are absolutely sure what you want to major in?


Best of luck to you!!!

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Richard’s Answer

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


Try to take bio, chem, and physics as a freshman so you will have the subject on the MCAT under your belt before junior year.
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