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The best way to deal with physician burnout, which is something we all face to varying degrees, is to recognize your limitations and to recognize your psychological and spiritual well being are equally as important as your professional goals. They go hand in hand. To perform well...

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It is better to pursue a double major or a major/minor combination rather than a single major. Part of the educational process is not just preparing yourself for a professional goal, such as medicine, but is also preparing yourself as a human being who is well rounded and has taken the time to...

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The reason for majoring in Biology in a pre-med program is because the very foundation of medicine is rooted in the Biological Sciences. I personally found having had a strong foundation in the Biological Sciences helped me enormously in medical school, especially the first two years. You...

Active Jun 26 at 08:50
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I would suggest you major in the Biological Sciences with perhaps a minor in chemistry. Having said that, if you have an area of interest, such as history, language, sports; try and make an effort to explore these other area of interests. Medical Schools like to see a degree of diversity....

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Keep an open mind. What you presently believe you want to do may change. When I went to medical school I wanted to be a neurosurgeon. At one point I was offered a plastic surgery residency and later on a neurosurgy residency. However, during my four years in medical school and for that...

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I would suggest you take as many of the advance courses that you are able. There are a number of advantages to this approach. First, this is something the colleges will look at, most especially those that have strong Pre-Med Programs. Secondly, it introduces to the reality of the academic...

Active Mar 07 at 09:57
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I would suggest you look at a Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry. These courses give you a good foundation in medicine. In the Biological Sciences make certain you look at courses which give you insight into Molecular Biology. This...

Active Mar 07 at 09:50
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I would suggest you first explore why you decided to become a Physician Assistant rather than going to medical school or a school for a Doctor of Osteopathy. If you are certain of your decision, then you need to look at what type of Physician Assistant you want to be. I am familiar with...

Active Mar 01 at 20:07
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You do not have to do undergraduate studies in Math or the Sciences to get into Med School. If you have an interest in the humanities, by all means explore that. However, I would suggest you take courses in the biological sciences as well as chemistry to demonstrate you have an aptitude, but...

Active Mar 15 at 23:02
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The question you have asked has been asked for decades. Is it necessary to go to an Ivy League School to get into Medical School. No!! Does it help. That depends on how well you as it does in every college or university you attend. I went to Juniata College. It has always been known as an...

Active Oct 16 '17 at 21:31
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I would suggest focusing on one discipline, but showing interest in other fields of thought. Example, if you have an affinity for the Biological Sciences, demonstrate that. However, not uncommonly we all have other interest, such as history, languages, music, etc. There is something else to...

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It is not necessary to be an extrovert to be a physician. To be honest, I saw both in premed, medical school, as an intern, resident, fellow, and in practice. I typically found those who were more of an extrovert to be clinically based physicians, i.e, surgeons, family practice, etc. In the...

Active Oct 01 '17 at 10:12
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Not necessarily. tI primarily depends on what type of research you are interested in. If your research interest are clinically based, i.e., directly related to the clinical application of patient care to a patient, then I would suggest you go to medical school. If however, your research...

Active Oct 01 '17 at 10:02
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Yes, you can become a psychiatrist even though you concentrated on psychology in undergrad. The foundation in psychology should be very helpful to you in psychiatry. I would try and take as many courses in chemistry and the biological sciences as possible. Those courses will prepare you well...

Active May 11 '17 at 08:01
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Majoring in Chemistry will give you a great foundation for a career in developing new vaccines, antibiotics, etc. I would also urge you to take as many courses in the Biological Sciences as possible, paying particular attention to molecular biology, genetics, etc. I majored in Biology and...

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