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What is best classes to take to set me up for medical school?

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Cameron’s Answer

Hi Angel! It's great to hear that you want to get a head start in preparing for medical school.

If you are a high schooler, I would recommend that you take science courses, especially AP science courses, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. These courses will help prepare you for the basic science courses you'll be taking in college. In fact, if you score well on the AP exams, your college or university may give you college credit and/or allow you to skip the first level of these courses, allowing you to move to more advanced courses earlier on. I would also highly suggest getting involved in the medical field to make sure that a career in medicine is really what you want to pursue. This can mean volunteering at a hospital or clinic, shadowing doctors, and/or doing research.

If you are in college, you don't need to be a science major to go to medical school, but you will need to complete the premed course requirements. You should meet with your academic advisor to make sure that you take all the necessary courses to apply to medical school; these will include biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math and statistics, and humanities courses. You will also need to take the MCAT, which you can prepare for through your classes and by purchasing MCAT prep books from Kaplan and/or Princeton Review. I would also highly suggest continuing to get involved in the medical field to make sure that a career in medicine is really what you want to pursue. This can mean volunteering at a hospital or clinic, shadowing doctors, doing research, scribing, or working as an EMT.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Angel! This depends, if you are in high school I would take AP classes such as AP chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology. In your undergraduate college education, you can be any major, but you must take prerequisites such as biology, chemistry, (both inorganic/general and organic), physics, math, English. Furthermore, some medical schools require biochemistry as others recommend it, but I would definitely take a semester (you do not need lab). It really prepares you for the MCAT and medical school in general, know those amino acids and pKas. Recommended courses are anatomy and physiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, language (Spanish preferred), ethics, sociology/psychology (especially since they are tested on the MCAT). If you go to a premed adviser's office during your undergraduate, there is a list of classes both required and recommended for medical school. In addition I would check out Dr.Gray on Youtube and AAMC.org and AACOMAS.org to get more information on the premed route and become prepared!

Hope this helps, please let me know if you have additional questions!
Best of luck!
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