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If I want to become a doctor, what is the best major for me?

A lot of the colleges I'm considering don't have a "pre med" major, so I'm looking into majors such as biochemistry, biology, and chemistry. Do medical schools have a preference? #medicine #major #college #college-major #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care #biology #chemistry #academic-advising

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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.

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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

I chose biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.

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Ria’s Answer

Hi Sabrina! You are right, many colleges do not have a "pre-med" major because that is considered a track. By that I mean that you can pick any major as long as you complete the pre-med track requirements. While taking a science is a great option, many med schools appreciate the diversity of majors as it shows you are skilled in a field outside of the typical STEM majors that pre-med students take. I don't have a great level of experience in this area as I was not pre-med myself, but consulting with your school's pre-med advisory team would be a great idea.

Sabrina, I definitely agree with what Ria posted. If you have a particular school you were thinking of , I would reach out and see what they recommend. One of the most important things to do in general is to make sure you not only complete the pre-reqs required, but score VERY well in them. Additionally, regardless of you major, MCATs are also weighted, so ensure that you take your time to prepare for and do as well as you can from that standpoint. Best of luck! Kaitlyn Angermeier

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Selima’s Answer

The best major would be Biology because it allows you take the science you need for medical school.