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How to pick the best school for the medical field without knowing what degree plan?

I would like to focus on a career in the medical field but I am unsure what to focus my major on. I also would like to spend my money on the best education possible. #school #medical-school #medicine #healthcare #college #hospital-and-health-care

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John’s Answer

When I was in college, the most successful major was Music. Choose something you love or are passionate about. You will have plenty of medical courses in medical school if you choose that route. Your college or university will guide you as far as pre-requisites for medical school. Doing something that you love in college will make you a better doctor or nurse or whatever you choose to do. Yes, grades are important but they are not the only thing. Most medical schools want to see you as a well rounded individual. They can read your transcript. Good Luck!

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Courtney’s Answer

If you aren’t sure what part of the medical field you are interested in and you don’t have unlimited funds, I would start at the community college. This is a great place to get prerequisites done and not pay a ton. You will always need basic chemistry’s as well as science and biology. Maybe check out their career section as often times they are a wealth of knowledge to guide you. Also, try to shadow in many areas of interest to get a feel for it before you commit! Good luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements, preferably with A’s. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.

With regard to which school to pick, you should apply to schools, see where you get accepted, and then visit them to find the right match.

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Adrian’s Answer

Unfortunately, I feel like it will be hard to decide on the best school for you without knowing what degree you want. There are a wide variety of careers within the medical field, and each one requires a completely different path. Whether you want to be a doctor, nurse (and there are multiple tracks for this job alone), certified nursing assistant, social worker, physical/occupational therapist, etc, each one may have a different school that would be better suited for you. It would be best to start out by narrowing down what kind of career you want. Try and volunteer in some sort of medical clinic (hospitals will have the most opportunities). That will give you access to a spectrum of professionals to talk to that can help narrow down your list. Once you have decided on perhaps one or two specialties, you can begin to research what schools will be the best for you.

Adrian recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer in a hospital/medical clinic
Observe/talk to employees about their jobs to narrow down what kind of job you want.
Narrow your list of degree programs down to one or two, and research schools that specialize in each of them.

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Richard’s Answer

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. 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.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters