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What would the best collages be to get into molecular biology/pathologist? How would you write a collage essay and an application?

So, I am interested in joining the medical field of Pathology or as a molecular biologist. I need some ideas for colleges and how to prepare for essays and applications.

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Heather’s Answer

Hello -
A good starting point would be to look up the rankings on US News & World Report.
Then, go to the school's admissions website to look up the requirements for the essay and application. Look on the website to see if they have any videos or webinars to help with the process.
It is also a good idea to have your essay reviewed by someone who is knowledgeable on how to write a good college essay. You may want to check y our high school or free resources in your community (community colleges, public universities or alumni) first.

Hope this helps!
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Jodi’s Answer

If you are more interested in becoming an molecular biologist I would recommend going to the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) website and looking at their BOC (Board of Certification) page. They offer many certifications but in particular you should look at the MB (Molecular Biologist) and SMB (Specialist Molecular Biology) options. There are blue links (“Regionally Accredited Colleges and Universities”) beneath each certification route that will take you to a list of agencies that accredit educational programs. If you click on the agencies you will go to their website and find a list of institutions they have accredited. Once you narrow your choices down you can start looking at their specific application requirements.

A pathologist is an MD, so you will have to go to medical school if you chose this route. Find a 4 year school with a solid premed program and make sure to volunteer at hospitals, blood drives, etc to help bolster your chances at being accepted into medical school. From what I understand, they value relevant volunteer experiences just as much as grades when selecting students. An MD and especially a pathologist could give you better information on how to prepare for this career path. If there is a hospital in your area, especially one affiliated with a university, I would recommend contacting them for a job shadow or interview. They may also have ideas on what to include in your essay.

Jodi recommends the following next steps:

Contact a local hospital about a job shadow or interview.
Consider volunteering at a local hospital or blood donation center.
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