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What can I do with a pre-med degree if I dont go to med school?

I am interested in going pre-med, however I know getting into medical school after can be very challenging. My worry is going through the pre-med program, and not being able to get into med school, if that were to happen, what careers could i take on?

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Angela’s Answer

I am a genetic counselor; I have met several individuals in my field who were pre-med and either didn’t get into med school, or realized being a doctor wasn't what they wanted. If you are interested in working with patients there are so many options other than going for your MD. Physician assistant, nurse practitioner, social worker, genetic counselor- the options are great!
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Claudia’s Answer

Generally, most colleges and universities do not have a specific “pre-med” degree. Technically, you can major in ANYTHING you want…as long as YOU COMPLETE ALL of the required courses required for the Med School you would like to attend.
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Jaiyta’s Answer

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I am currently in the same boat- thinking whether I truly want to go to medical school or not. However, I have researched and came up with other backups such as: PA school, master’s program, PhD program, nursing, social services, pharmacy school, industrial healthcare, healthcare administration. Biomedical health sciences is an interdisciplinary field and you can switch paths easily!
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Tamera’s Answer

Hi Emma, thanks for posting this question on the forum. I'm currently a PA student graduating in December, just to put another perspective on things. I originally wanted to go to medical school, but once I researched more about this profession I realized that the PA route would be better for me. The fact that you are able to move laterally between specialities is what drew me most to this profession. It's also less schooling compared to medical school. I chose to apply to programs after graduated undergrad and programs range between 2-3 years, but you can also apply to direct entry PA programs right out of high school as you are applying to undergrad programs. These programs are using 5-5 1/2 year programs depending on the school.
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Raul’s Answer

There are many options from being a radiology tech, physician assistant, genetic counselor, nursing, healthcare industry, and more. The degree itself needs to be in topics that interest you and set you up for alternative choices.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hello Emma!

If you don't get into medical school and decide to change careers, you can do a master's degree in Public Health, Anatomy, Epidemiology, etc.
Also, there are many Ph.D. options and other careers such as PA, optometry, pharmacy, dental medicine, etc.
And remember, you can take a gap year and conduct research, volunteering hours, or shadowing to strengthen your extracurriculars!
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Zac’s Answer

Pre-med opens the door to many professions! Think of Pharmacy, PA School, Chiropractic, medical device sales, Health Services Administration and nursing careers!
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