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What are some majors you should consider if you are planning to pursue a career as an Ob/Gyn?

I am very interested in this career in the Medical field. #college-major #obstetrics #medicine #academic-advising #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care

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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
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Estelle’s Answer

I agree with Richard and Rachel. Pick a major that really interests you so that you are fully engaged and get great grades. Your undergrad degree is a foundation for higher level of education. The real focus of specialization in Ob/Gyn will take place in medical school. Great GPA, solid MCAT score, shadowing experiences. These are important in moving towards Ob/Gyn.
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Rachel’s Answer

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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Miranda’s Answer

As a psychologist, I wouldn't recommend majoring in Psych, but a minor in it would be helpful. I also recommend learning about "trauma-informed care" & seeking programs that have this as some component of their training. You can speak to psychologists about how this is relevant to OB/GYN treatment. In short, in such a job, you will work w/ women who have suffered abuse, so should be aware of the impact this can have on creating a trusting medical relationship and in how it impacts the emotional aspects of having a child.

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Cailin’s Answer

I would recommend getting a Bachelor's degree in one of the following: biology, psychology, or chemistry. Any science related field that can be somehow tied into the human body/health is a great start and the three options I listed above should have GE requirements that cover all you may need for important math and science prerequisites when going on to med school. Those types of degrees should also have pre-med tracks available for people like yourself who are aspiring to go on to med school after getting their degree. However, if you take enough relevant courses as electives, you may not even need a science-specific major. If you've already chosen a school for your B.A./B.S., I would recommend speaking to an advisor there for clarification just to be sure but otherwise this should set you on your way! major college-major choosing-major academic-advisor academic-advising medschool


I found these two websites helpful in answering your question:
https://learn.org/articles/OBGYN_How_to_Become_an_OBGYN_in_5_Steps.html
http://study.com/obgyn_degree.html
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