Choosing Premed Colleges and Majors
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I was asked to speak at the 2013 OldPreMeds and OldMeds National Conference, their 13th Annual. The theme of the conference was military medicine and I was able to meet some great people, including the founder of SDN, Army Lt Col (Dr.) Lee Burnett.
The subject of my talk was about my journey to being a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force, including accepting the HPSP Scholarship.
I was able to record the audio, and have put it together with my slides. I hope you enjoy!
Dr. Greg Polites must wander around the campus of Washington University in St. Louis with a flock of adoring fans like Justin Beiber anywhere in public.
Dr. Polites is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He's also on the admissions committee and the coursemaster for the Practice of Medicine course for 1st and 3rd year medical students there.
For premeds at Wash. U, he's the instructor for MedPrep, a course that has very similar goals as we do here at the Medical School Headquarters. Upwards of 90% of all premed students at Wash. U take the MedPrep course on their way to medical school.
In session 4 of The Premed Years I talk to Eric and Amy about their pre med path and what drove them to start creating MCAT for Me. Listen to this podcast to learn about the MCAT, volunteering, picking a pre med undergraduate school, research and more.Read more > >
In today's session I talk about choosing an undergraduate school and how to weed out the almost 5 million results from google when searching on the subject.Read more > >
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.
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.Read more > >
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