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Old 06-28-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Good Pre-Med read for anybody that's interested.

I know there are some pre-med track riders in here and this link is just a good read on breaking the stereotype of a typical pre-med student. Just thought I should share it with y'all. Enjoy.

http://www.usatodayeducate.com/stagi...-the-humanties
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It's always nice seeing someone that breaks the mold.

I don't know if this is a good thing in this case though. Non science majors ARE easier, why should they be preferred at med school admissions? Even though the article says they have the same admission rates its well known AC's prefer non science majors.

I think people with non scientific interests wanting to go to med school should major in a science and take the classes they're interested in on the side. That's what I'm doing, even though i like biochem. The fact is doing a science major helps you tremendously in some ways and the required intro science courses for med school don't help as much.

That's assuming they would get into Med school. For those unlucky bunch who don't get in and have an english or history major, things aren't looking so bright for them. I know people who chose non science majors just to be "special" but didn't think of what would happen if they don't get in.
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as a surgeon who has been in practice for 13 years now, I would go back and take classes that were more interesting than the science classes that I took almost exclusively. The reason being is that med school sucks and the curriculum is monotonous. No reason to suffer thru the same twice
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What kind of surgeon are you? My goal is to be a neurosurgeon. Would be interesting to hear what being a surgeon is like.
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There needs to be a variety of viewpoints in the medical field and different insights from non science majors to complete the circle. Taking just science classes for the sake of getting into medical school is fine (if you enjoy it), but that's just half the picture; one sided thinking can give you only one answer while a cluster of thoughts have a variety of answers. I would like to see medical schools embrace and encourage other students to pursue in their interests and major in what they like. I noticed, when talking to other pre-med students, they were really hard on themselves and others. Degrading other majors due to a non science major (taking the easy way out). As a student, I say chill out and just enjoy the ride; study unconditionally and never force yourself.
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Good point I agree with that. What I was saying is that AC's shouldn't favor non science majors. Med school is hard as to get into as it is, no need to make it harder for the science majors. What school do you go to btw?
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What kind of surgeon are you? My goal is to be a neurosurgeon. Would be interesting to hear what being a surgeon is like.
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You should study what fascinate you as a child growing up, not what you think will make you money. If they happen to be one of the same, then good for you.

The college years should be the most memorable and fun years of your young life. And I don't mean the frat parties and binge drinking.
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The college years should be the most memorable and fun years of your young life. And I don't mean the frat parties and binge drinking.
Oh, I guess I slept through the other stuff...
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Good point I agree with that. What I was saying is that AC's shouldn't favor non science majors. Med school is hard as to get into as it is, no need to make it harder for the science majors. What school do you go to btw?
Exactly, BS or no BS; look at the student as a whole and put less influensing decisions on majors. I am attending UH. How about yourself?
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Here's another good one: medschoolhell.com
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Valuable Forum: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/
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Here's another good one: medschoolhell.com
I used to follow that site, but it's been a bit dead. Still helpful. Thanks for sharing.
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The curriculum to get all prerequisites for med school was very bland to me. I ended up getting my psychology degree first and finishing up my biology degree the next semester. I hope this improves my odds, psychology was the only reason I would actually go to my classes.
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Most of the you learn in undergrad, BS or no BS, has absolutely no bearing on being a doctor. Yes you need to be able to use science, but most of it doesn't really apply. Most everything you need to know to be a doctor, they will teach you in med school in grueling detail, most of which you also don't need to know to be a doctor either. The prereqs and admissions process are just to try to make sure you're smart enough to 'get it' if you get in. There are still a lot of idiots that make it into med school because they test well, or fake smart in the interview. It's really a craps shoot on who gets in.

My fiance is a med student in El Paso (which is good enough to not be on probation, like UTSA med school in San Antonio), and she graduated with a BA in International Relations.

The reason they like humanities students is because they have more experience thinking critically and doing research (and I'm a science major saying this), plus they still have to satisfying the prereq requirements AND do well enough on the MCAT, instead of being forced into it by a default degree plan.

However, if you REALLY want to impress med schools and get interviews: be an engineer. Chemical Engineers with at least a 3.0 gpa usually have no problems getting interviews, and assuming they did well on the MCAT and dont come off like an ignorant psychopath in the interview, get their pick of the litter. However, if you were a smart ChemE, you would probably be better served at a chemical plant; you would make much more money in the short term with just a BS than a doctor going to school for 7+ more year (residency pays ).

Who is to say that if you don't get into med school with an English degree that, that degree is more worthless than a Biology or Chemistry degree? Either way you might as well take the GRE and go for that master's or PhD especially in this economy.
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Exactly, BS or no BS; look at the student as a whole and put less influensing decisions on majors. I am attending UH. How about yourself?
UH as well.
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Go Cougars! . I didn't get to volunteer as much so far, but if you need some help with your search in regards to volunteering, I will be more than happy to direct you to some places. I am also looking for some shadowing opportunities, so when I get the gig I will pass down the information.
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