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How hard is doing Pre-Med with an Engineering major (Biomedical Engineering)?

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Shakita’s Answer

I studied Electrical Engineering with a specialization in biomedical engineering, industrial psychology, and also, pre-med. In 1998, medical schools were seeking engineers because their approach to problems required analytical and critical thinking skills that are critical in medicine. Many of my mentors earned both their PhD in engineering and MD.

So, it's possible, but challenging.

It requires exceptional time management skills and superior study habits to succeed. Most medical schools - at the time that I applied - recognized that engineering students may have lower GPAs. However, I advise you to strive for a higher GPA in your pre-med classes and high MCAT scores to be considered at top medical schools. Also, if possible try to, at least, get on Dean's list at your school every quarter if possible.

Since it has been over 20 years since I graduated, I advise you to find a mentor with recent knowledge. Try contacting the admissions office of some of your target medical schools and asking each one what the requirements are for admissions, what percentage of engineering students are admitted, and what is the success rate of engineering students in their programs. This will give you a better idea of how you need to perform as an undergraduate student to increase your chances of admission. Also, find mentors on the campus that you plan to attend for undergrad to help you along your journey, and be sure to engage in some interesting research along the way and volunteer.
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John A’s Answer

This is a very difficult and demanding combination. Medical schools will look very importantly at GPA. A high GPA has to be the goal. A very demanding major may make for a lower GPA.

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