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In what ways can I begin to prepare to join a pre-med program in college?

I'm an 11th grader who wants to know different programs or classes I should be taking to be better prepared for the process of eventually going to med-school? #college #pre-med #neuroscience

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Jenn’s Answer

You should have a strong science and math background, so challenge yourself academically. Beyond academics, you may want to volunteer or intern in a medical setting, like a hospital or doctor's office, to get a better sense of different specialties and what life is like for people working there. And, for example, if you already know you want to work with cancer patients or do brain surgery, you could try to shadow a cancer doctor or a brain surgeon. (If you don't know what kind of doctor you want to be, no problem - you can get a feel for lots of different things by volunteering.)

Thank you comment icon Thank You! I will do these things to the best of my ability. Alberto
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Richard’s Answer

Take as many AP or IB courses in high school. You have a lot of years of education in front of you and getting college credit in high school can save you time and money.

Take high school science classes to prepare you for college science. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
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Estelle’s Answer

I agree with Richard. Focus on grades and AP credits to get a headstart. As you get closer, you may want to look into premed societies and interest groups at the colleges you consider sending applications.
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Rachel’s Answer

You need to take AP science classes to prepare for the college pre med classes (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). You will need to get A's in these classes to be a competitive applicant.
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