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Hello! I'm currently a HS senior who wishes to pursue medicine in the future. In college, would it hurt me in any way if I chose to major in a non-science major? Also, do you have any tips/advice on what I can do in college to help me on my path to med school?
You can definitely choose a non-science major, just be aware that you will need to fulfill all the required classes for medical school before you matriculate. Sometimes it can be difficult for non-science students at larger schools to get into classes that are restricted to science majors. Taking a science minor may help, if this is a concern for you.
As for time in college? Do well in your classes, make connections with faculty, participate in research that interests you, shadow physicians, volunteer in clinical settings, etc… There are a wealth of things that you can do to prepare yourself for the science and medicine aspect of medical school, but remember to cultivate your non-medical interests as well. Join clubs that showcase your hidden talent, take on leadership roles or community outreach positions, grow a garden, learn a new instrument, travel if possible!
Use college as a time to find your passions and allow them to flourish. Medical schools want independent thinkers and leaders who can learn from and contribute to the medical community.
So I've basically been pre-med all my life, but I got a 23 on my MCAT. That's a pretty low score, right? I don't know if I should even continue on with my pre-med route anymore at this point. :[
This answer is pretty similar to your situation.
In short, you can definitely stay pre-med! You just need to focus on retaking your exam and doing significantly better on your retake. If you are still in school, make sure that your GPA is high enough to offset your MCAT score; if not, consider a post-bac program or Master’s Degree to boost your GPA and prepare yourself for the rigors of medical school. Do as much as you can to make the other aspects of your application flawless and unique. You want to stand out as an applicant despite your score, not because of it.
Don’t lose hope!
Hello, I'm not sure if this is a relevant question as this is for MD, but do you know anything about the PCATs compared to the MCATs? Thank you very much for your time :)
We didn’t take the PCAT, so we don’t have personal experience, but SDN does have a few threads about this comparison.
This site also does a fairly simple comparison.
What are essentially the most important things med school admissions look at when looking at applications?
To make a very generalized assumption about the ADCOMs, we would assume that those who review your application would take ALL aspects of your application into account.
We assume that ALL of the following are considered when weighing applicants:
The bolded items reflect the things that we think are the first to grab the attentions of the ADCOMs. Some schools automatically reject students who do not meet their cutoff GPAs or MCATs. These schools usually list that preference on their websites.
Disclaimer: Every medical school and ADCOM is different. Do some research into the schools that interest you to learn more about their goals and missions. IF you are still interested in being a part of these goals/missions, then tailor your application to these schools.
Hope this helps.
When would be the best time to apply to med school? If someone was planning to retake courses 3rd year would that be an issue when applying?
If you plan to apply during June of your 3rd year (forego a gap year), then you can still follow this plan.
If you instead choose to take a gap year in order to ensure that both your Junior Year’s Spring grades (if you attend a school on the Quarter system) and your grades from Senior Year (4th year) are included on your application, then you would shift this plan 1 year ahead. You could take your MCAT during the summer after your 3rd year and submit your primary application during June of your 4th year (right around the time you would graduate from college).
Retaking classes doesn’t necessarily change your application timeline. It will, however, force you to think about how you will address any questions as to why you had to retake those classes during your application process. Be prepared to strongly defend or justify your actions both on paper in your primary and secondary applications and in person at any interviews.
Hello lovelies :) I'm currently a sophmore neuroscience major at the University of Nevada, Reno. A lot of my fellow classmates are already so ahead in their sciences and mathematics. Which inevitably leaves me feeling so down :( I have a 4.0 and I've already taken part in undergrad research... But idk. Do you believe medical school pay attention to the TIMING of a students courses? For example. "Oh my god this student came into freshmen year already in Calculus 2" etc. :(
As long as you take all the classes required for medical school prior to matriculation, you should not have any problems.
Maintain your 4.0 GPA, focus on being a well-rounded applicant, and ENJOY your college experience! Good Luck!
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Hi, could you post the courses you took in college? I'm really concerned I'm not planning to take all the right stuff.
Basic course requirements for medical school are similar for most medical schools. However, the exact classes that we took will most likely be different from yours since each undergraduate institution has different names for classes, departments, etc and our major requirements might be different from yours. Your best bet in deciding which classes to take to meet the medical school requirements would be to…
Typically, medical schools require the following:
Some schools do require other classes like Foreign Languages, Humanities classes, Biochemistry, etc… The best resource for finding out each school’s requirements is the AAMC’s Medical School Admissions Requirements publication.
Hope this helps!
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