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Engineering major en route to medical school?

azndude1azndude1 Posts: 108Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2009 in Engineering Majors
Electrical engineering specifically...

I want to have a back up incase I don't get into medical school...but if i choose electrical, I probably won't time to fill the pre reqs im guessing...

so bad plan?
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Replies to: Engineering major en route to medical school?

  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    My brother did this, but he screwed up his GPA for undergraduate because he had to work to support a girl friend. He went back to school(UCLA) and fulfilled his pre-med and also to raise his GPA. He said pre-med courses are a lot easier than engineering courses. So as long as you are aware that you need to work hard to keep your grades up so that you can keep all your options open, then it's not a bad idea.
  • FeezFeez Posts: 842Registered User Member
    I've never met an EE who's doing pre-med. I've seen some BME's and IE's, but never an EE...
  • ele902ele902 Posts: 274Registered User Junior Member
    Bad idea. It's too hard and its going to take too long. If you want an engineering field that also gives you a chance to get ready for medical school, do Biomedical engineering, Biochemical Engineering, or Biological Engineering. Electrical Engineering is so different, and you have to spend more time just getting the perquisite for medical school (Organic chemistry, Psychology, Biology...).

    Also, EE is a very hard engineering field and your GPA is going to dip. How can you compete with the actual pre-med students? Remember, medical school only cares about your GPA and your MCAT scores, but NOT your major!
  • electrificeelectrifice Posts: 363Registered User Member
    I know of one EE that went to med school. He took the biomedical track offered at our school so that took care of his pre-med requirements. He was basically an EE, however. Its possible, but he was a genius, had a remarkable GPA, and went to an amazing med school afterwards. In general, its not a good idea.
  • sciencenerdsciencenerd Posts: 1,458Registered User Senior Member
    What about with BME? Is that too hard to follow and go to medical school? Or would something like Biochemistry be better.

    I'm trying to decide on my major soon and I don't know which one to do. I don't want to work so hard in BME for four years and then another four years in medical school. In the end the knowledge agained in BME might not be worth it and will only hurt me in terms of GPA.
    Any thoughts?
  • ele902ele902 Posts: 274Registered User Junior Member
    I think you should try out BME first. I think one of my adviser told me engineers tend to do better on the MCAT since it doesn't really test your memorization skills, but whether you could analyze problems. Something along that line.

    Since, I am a biochemical engineer, I had to take a few biochemistry courses. Most of them requires tons of memorization, with little critical thinking involve. I don't think they prepare you as well for the MCATs as the BME...
  • sleepersleeper Posts: 233Registered User Junior Member
    BME is the most logical choice if you want to go to medical school but have a career in engineering as a backup. However, keep in mind there is a reason why most premed students choose NOT to go this route -- getting a good GPA (which is obviously crucial to getting into medical school) will be much more difficult than a biology major.
  • islandboy401islandboy401 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Your idea is great....It is always great to have a backup...as a traditional biology degree usually isn't too marketable.

    However, I think that EE is a bad choice. Instead, you should choose either Chemical, biochemical, or biomedical...as with these three, it is easier to fulfill med school requirements...
  • Private_JokerPrivate_Joker Posts: 812Registered User Member
    It won't be impossible to fullfill premed requirements. In my school, you would just use your electives, but you would also be scheduling your life away.
  • toronto_guytoronto_guy Posts: 261Registered User Junior Member
    I do not agree with this "back-up" line of thinking - this is not pro sports after all where all but a select few can make the grade. The reality is that if you really want to be an MD, then this is the only career choice that will make you happy. I know a couple of engineers (different backgrounds) who did not initially get into med school. Some took a Masters in Engineering, some went to the working world. They all quit their jobs and eventually went to med school, some went to Europe and later re-qualified in North America. If you want to be an MD, you need to get the best grades you can. Being in the USA, you have more choices in taking the MD in Europe and Carribean. Here in Canada, it is very difficult to be licensed if the MD was taken outside of Canada (I think USA medical education is acceptable for licensure without formalities - not sure). This is because govt's want to limit the amount of people able to bill the public trough for medical services.

    I know many people who earned top grades in EE. If you have the aptitude, drive and work ethic, it is possible. I also think EE is an excellent background for medical school. Don't worry about the prereqs - there are not that many anyway.
  • jaynayarjaynayar Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    HAPPY New Year to all! Could someone guide me as to the best biomedical engineering programmes at Masters level inthe USA? Regards to all!
  • CitanCitan Posts: 2,287Registered User Senior Member
    I know one guy who's doing med school and is an EE, but we think he's a little crazy.
  • Dr.HorseDr.Horse Posts: 1,289- Member
    If you know you want to be a doctor, then just take the easiest path possible which is a degree in biology. If you want a viable backup, get a BS in Nursing and take premed classes.
  • hawaiianhost1hawaiianhost1 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I am currently in my second year in college as a electrical engineering major and I'm taking premed classes as well. It's pretty tough. I am taking at least 18 credits a semester. My GPA is 3.83, and I dont have much time to do anything else. If you want to do EE, be sure to understand math and physics. The hardest thing about being a premed and EE is organic chemistry. It requires a lot of time. Overall, you need to be dedicated and focused, but being an EE major and premed is NOT impossible!
  • silence_kitsilence_kit Posts: 1,826Registered User Senior Member
    You really shouldn't do EE as "a backup". Do it if you want to do it. Studying EE is really quite painful if you aren't enjoying what you are doing . . . (if you are doing it for the prestige, then you have the wrong degree. physics/math is more impressive in my eye and I'm a EE)

    It sounds like you want to be a doctor. Great. Study a subject in undergraduate school that best prepares you for medical school. EE does have some concentrations that have to do with medical technology, so if that sounds cool to you, then do it!
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