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The college years can be incredibly fun, eye-opening, and frequently frustrating. You are given the freedom to explore options and have once in a lifetime experiences. however, that freedom comes with several potential costs. One of those is time.
It can be really difficult to stay on the path leading to medical school admission. Many stray and end up in very different careers. Or worse.
Obtaining admission to medical school requires completing a set of required pre-med courses, achieving an above average MCAT score, putting together an exceptional application, and excelling in your interview.
What I found is that admissions committees are not at all opposed to non-science ventures or majors. What they really want to see, however, is a consistent commitment to the medical field. What that means is that you can explore to your heart's content as long as you put something on your resume every year that shows that you are still interested in the medical field.
For instance, one summer I attended a program for pre-med minorities held at a medical center. One summer i did a preceptorship with my hometown family physician. Every semester i took at least one pre-med course. I also took a few recommended-but-not-required pre-med courses. I was also involved in a few of the college medical clubs.
Other things you might consider include training to be a certified CPR instructor, or phlebotomist, or sign language translator, pharmacy tech, receptionist at a medical clinic, etc.
Each of those experiences tell the committee you are seeking as much exposure to the medical field as you can get at this time of your life.
Another thing that might help is knowing that many of my med school classmates did not come straight from college. some were initially pharmacists or dentists or physical therapists or dietitians or optometrists or lawyers or engineers, etc. some had MBAs or other masters degrees.
Hope that helps. Good luck!
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