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Does publishing research on healthcare systems and reforms to the American healthcare system look good for potential pre-med students?

I am a sophomore in high school, but I will be writing a research article on the economics of the American healthcare system and I would also provide some reforms we could make. This piece will likely be published on Google Scholar and other political/STEM research journals. I want to major in pre-medicine or biology, but also minor in something related to politics. Since a research article into healthcare systems in America is a mix of both my interests in medicine and politics, would that be seen as good?

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Alan! Congrats on the soon to be publication; honestly for medicine research can come from a variety of areas and the healthcare system and its reform is still a large topic for medicine. I think getting such an early publication is great! I think if your paper is professional and truly addresses some of the concerns that healthcare is aware of then it will be seen favorably. It seems that if you are getting a publication on Google Scholar and other STEM journals, this is most likely a professional research paper and will open up interest. Quick note in college, there is no premed major but you are seen as a premed student because of the classes you are taking. There are health career programs that give more insight, however the traditional route is that you can be any major and take the required and recommended classes for medical school like biology, physics, chemistry, etc. I was a psychology major but a biology major is more traditional and can introduce you to more science classes as well, nonetheless any major is fine as long as you show you are interested in it and do well in all your classes! I think minoring in politics is fine, politics in healthcare is important especially with making reform and introducing better policies so that each individual can receive better health. Hopefully a physician can give more insight into politics and medicine; however having diverse interests is nice for medical school because you can bring more to the environment!

I hope this helps!
Best of luck!

Thank you. Your answer is so helpful! Alan S.

You're very welcome! Good luck with school! Yasemin G.

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Sanober’s Answer

Hi Alan,

Wow that's so great! I think that universities looking at your application would find you as a stand-out applicant with that publication. It is such a relevant and important topic.

Best of luck :)

Thank you for your answer! Alan S.

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Eric’s Answer

Hi Alan! It is really great to know that you are interested in studying medicine and public policy.

As a public policy professional, I find the work to be very rewarding. Creating public policy to promote positive change and good outcomes for the public can be an adventure. Sometimes it takes a matter of weeks to secure a good result and other more complication issues can take years or decades to arrive at a policy decision. Dedication and patience definitely come in handy.

Given the current pandemic, your pursuit of a medical degree and a minor in political science or public policy would be good compliments to one another. As you start to research colleges and universities, make sure to find schools that have pre-med and political science/public policy concentrations. Good luck to you Alan and I hope this information is useful to you.

Eric recommends the following next steps:

Research colleges/universities with dual majors or major/minor of pre-medicine and political science/public policy.
Go to your local hospital and ask to speak with physicians that also have backgrounds in public policy.
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P’s Answer

It will definitely help! It shows you are interested in a major area of healthcare that needs to be addressed. It will be especially helpful if you find some way in college to continue this work (shows consistency) or find some other way to continue to show interest in the medical field.