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Is Physics really needed for medical school or depends on what school I'm gonna choose?

I'm gonna choose my subjects soon this academic year and I searched about the topic but there wasn't a solid answer.

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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Mutahajed,

Is Physics Required for Medical School?

Physics is not typically a required subject for medical school, as the focus is more on biology, chemistry, and other related fields. However, some medical schools may recommend or prefer applicants who have taken physics, especially if they are interested in specialties that involve a significant amount of physics, such as radiology or physical therapy. It is best to check with the specific medical schools you are interested in to see their prerequisites and recommendations.

Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS)

UCAS is a UK-based organization that provides information and services related to university and college admissions. According to UCAS, the typical subjects required for medical school include chemistry, biology, and either mathematics or physics. However, they note that some universities may not require physics and that it ultimately depends on the specific medical school.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The AAMC is a non-profit organization that represents all 155 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada. They provide resources and information for prospective medical students, including information on prerequisites for medical school. According to the AAMC, most medical schools require at least one year of college-level chemistry and biology, but physics is not always required. They note that some schools may have specific course requirements, so it is best to check with each individual school.

Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)

MSAR is a searchable database of information about medical schools in the United States and Canada. It provides detailed information about each school’s admissions requirements, including prerequisite courses. According to MSAR, most medical schools require at least one year of college-level biology and chemistry, but only about half require physics. However, some schools may recommend or prefer applicants who have taken physics.

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Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) - UCAS provides information on university and college admissions in the UK, including prerequisites for medical school. They note that while physics is not always required for medical school, some universities may prefer applicants who have taken it.
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) - The AAMC represents accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada and provides resources for prospective medical students. According to the AAMC, most medical schools require at least one year of college-level chemistry and biology, but physics is not always required.
Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) - MSAR is a searchable database of information about medical schools in the United States and Canada. It provides detailed information about each school’s admissions requirements, including prerequisite courses. According to MSAR, most medical schools require at least one year of college-level biology and chemistry, but only about half require physics.

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Karissa’s Answer

Even if the school you choose does not require physics they will require you take the MCAT. A percentage of the test is about physics.

Karissa recommends the following next steps:

Check out a MCAT book from the library. Know what the test covers.
Talk to a school counselor about what classes to take.
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Rian’s Answer

Hi Mutahajed,
Physics with a lab is a requirement for most medical schools. I would recommend taking it as to not limit your options when it comes time to apply. Not only that, physics makes up a large portion of the MCAT and it would be very helpful for you to take a class to learn it, opposed to self-learning all of it for the mcat.
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Noopur’s Answer

Knowledge of physics is very useful in understanding how the medical devices work. I can understand it is hard for biologists sometimes but it is for sure useful. And also learning new things develop our way of thinking and problem solving. Try to take help from your friends and teachers or maybe you tube videos on topics but try to do as best as you can.
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Madison’s Answer

Check the national application service for medical school AMCAS website but when I applied yes two physics credits were required to sit for MCAT and apply to medical school and needed labs/course.
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Audrey’s Answer

Hi Mutahajed,

I really advise you to take physics because a lot of the concepts in physics do apply to the medical field. Also, most medical school admissions exams, including the MCAT, have a subject section with physics, and it is always better, in my opinion, to learn the subject in a class setting where you can have help from peers and professors rather than learning it on your own while studying for the medical school admissions test, especially if it's a topic you're afraid of or weak on.

Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon Thankyou so much Audrey, I really benefited from your response since many people said that physics is not really mandatory, but surely I will choose Physics!! Thankssss. Mutahajed
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Scott’s Answer

Hello Mutahajed,
I am not sure if you are in high school going into college or in college and applying to medical school. If it is the former, you do not need to take physics but most medical schools do require 1 year of physics for admission. There are additional required courses to successfully apply to medical school and these include biology chemistry and specifically organic chemistry as well as other requirements. Your college advisor will be able to help you choose the necessary classes. Good luck.
Thank you comment icon Hey Scott! Actually it's my first year in high school. Thanks for your support I really appreciate it since I was in two different pathways of choosing Physics or not but now the path is clear! Mutahajed
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Atul’s Answer

The subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Math, in addition to Biology, are vital for pursuing medicine or any field that demands strong analytical abilities and problem-solving strategies. If you're not residing in the US, you'll need to take an entrance exam known as the MCAT. This test evaluates your overall knowledge to determine your readiness. I'm uncertain about the specific test you need to pass in your country to excel in this exam.
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