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Best Premed Major to Get into Medical School

Congrats! You are half-way through your undergraduate studies (unless you’re studying in Canada in which case it’s only the end of freshman year) and it is now time to choose a major. At this point, you may have also decided that you want to go to medical school and you are trying to decide what to major in. The first question you may be asking is “Does it matter what my major is if I want to go to medical school?”   The answer in large part is no. Medical schools want applicants who are smart, hard-working and well-rounded. In addition, medical school requirements state that there are a set of courses which must be completed prior to applying to medical school; these include general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and typically at least 1-2 semesters in English. Aside from those courses which are required for med school, you can major in anything you want. The majority (75%) of medical school matriculants major in the biological, physical and social sciences. This leaves 25% of students accepted to medical school that have majors in other disciplines.

How to Choose the Best Premed School for YOU

There is no perfect or wrong choice when it comes to selecting a pre med school.  The biggest considerations for most high school seniors are geographic location, proximity to family, size of school, range of degree programs offered, and cost.  There are, however, some other important things to think about if you are thinking about becoming applying to medical school someday.  Read below to find out 5 criteria for choosing a pre med school.

Caribbean Medical School Interview Questions

We already covered a Top 10 Tips for the Medical School Interview. Review that if you haven’t already The Caribbean Medical School interview will be very similar to a U.S. medical school interview. Read the above article if you haven’t yet. Beyond those tips, there are several specific questions that need to be asked. Many…

Caribbean Medical Schools: What You Need to Know

Welcome to the Caribbean! One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Welcome to medical school! One of the most rigorous experiences in your life.   Two separate statements. When standing on their own, they are both true. When put together though, does the Caribbean make medical school a vacation?   There are currently 60 Caribbean medical schools that you can attend, as of 2011. One might think that this vastly increases your chance of being a doctor since there are only 137 M.D. and 26 D.O. medical schools in the U.S. You must understand that these schools are not all up to the standards of U.S. schools, although there are a few well known schools that have been graduating medical students for some time now, who are now successful physicians practicing all over the country.

Top Medical Schools: Are they really the BEST Medical Schools?

Every year, U.S. News publishes a list of the top graduate and professional schools in the country, a list which contains the top-rated medical schools. The list contains 100 schools, ranked from 1 (the best) to 100. The formula for determining this list involves several factors: national funding for the school, the reputation of its…

Prescription Writing 101 (with Example Prescriptions)

Prescription writing is something that I used to worry so much about in my 3rd year of medical school. I probably killed a whole tree tearing up prescriptions that were wrong. Why did I worry so much about it? Prescription writing was not covered very well at my medical school. And with the amount of material that needs to be covered in those 4 years, I'm sure writing prescriptions is not that well covered at any medical school. Maybe that's one of the reasons there are so many medication errors in medicine. Look at some of these commonly quoted statistics: 
  • Medication errors occur in approximately 1 in every 5 doses given in hospitals.
  • One error occurs per patient per day.
  • 1.3 million people are injured and approximately 7000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. from medication-related errors
  • Drug-related morbidity and mortality is estimated to cost $177 billion in the U.S.

MedicalSchoolHQ App Review – Epocrates iPhone App

Medical School HQ App Reviews: MedicalSchoolHQ.net exists to help both future medical students and current medical students.  To help the later, we decided that medical mobile app reviews would be very helpful.  Knowing exactly what you are getting, before pushing “BUY,” might help you save a few dollars.  Having reviews by physicians give you honest,…

Ten Medical School Interview Tips: Go in Prepared

Congratulations! You have been invited to interview for medical school. That email popped into your inbox and you responded faster than lightning. The date is saved in your calendar and you already have your plane tickets! Now, you ask, how do I prepare for this critical part of the application process? First, you should know that medical schools have various interview styles. Some interview in groups, others individually.  Some know your grades and scores, while others just know your name.  Regardless of the types of interviews that you have, the tips listed below will help you succeed during your medical school interview.

Medical School Interviews: 10 Commonly Asked Questions

If you  haven't already read Ten Medical School Interview Tips, do it now!   You have taken the MCAT. You have applied to the perfect number of medical schools.  You are now ready for the medical school interview process.

MCAT Scores – What Do I Need?

We've covered the basics of the MCAT already.  Follow the link to learn all about the MCAT.   Student - "What do I need to score on the MCAT to get into medical school?"   Test Prep Company - "For $2000, you can sign up for this package and you'll do just fine."   If I told you that you could get an MCAT score between 5-14 and still be accepted to medical school, would you believe me?  More than likely you would laugh in my face and call me crazy.  Read more and find out why I am not.